ENPARD Armenia Technical Assistance: Producer Group and Value Chain Development
This programme focuses on (1) strengthening and newly establishing producer groups, (2) engaging producer groups effectively in value addition and (3) strengthening value chains that provide improved access to affordable, better quality food in the marzes (armenian provinces) of Lori, Shirak and Tavush.
Beneficiaries of the project are primary agricultural producers and their families for whom job creation and increased income effects are envisaged both in agricultural production, processing and other value-chain associated businesses. At least 3 new business-oriented primary producer groups shall be established, 10 primary producer groups shall receive training and coaching, at least 1,000 farmers shall be trained, 5 value-adding producer groups shall engage in new and improved ways of value addition, and products from assisted value-adding producer groups shall attain at least 10% premium price and 20% increase in annual turnover.
This programme complements the EU ENPARD Armenia project activities, contributing to the same outputs, but limiting its scope to the three aforementioned Northern Armenian provinces which are ADC target areas.
Under ENPARD Armenia 2013, EU has allocated EUR 20 million for budgetary support for agriculture and rural development for 2014-2016 and EUR 5 million for complementary technical support. The overall objective of the programme is to support the Government of Armenia in ensuring an efficient and sustainable agriculture contributing to better conditions in rural areas.