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31.3.2018 EU supports women-led dried frui

EU supports women-led dried fruit and herb producers in rural communities in Armenia

 

Source: euneighbours.eu, 2018-03-08

Thanks to the EU-funded European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD), six modern dried fruit and herb-production facilities have been established in the communities of Arevshat, Aragatsavan, Katnaghbyur, Byurakan, Dprabak and Geghard.

The facilities use a closed drying cycle and maintain food safety norms. They are now competitive in the market, present high-value products, and provide stable jobs and permanent incomes.

Tsovik Ohanyan manages the “Byur-Akn” cooperative in the Byurakan community of Aragatsotn marz (province). She says that ENPARD helped members of the cooperative to acquire business management and business development skills, establish market connections and prepare high-quality, delicious dried fruits using the latest technology.

“Now our cooperative is developing new boxes jointly with ENPARD. We want to make sure that our delicious dried fruits, which are rich in vitamins and made from Byurakan's sweet-tasting fruits, are available abroad in their new boxes and are accessible to everyone,” she says.

The ENPARD programme was launched in Armenia in January 2015 and is running for three years. It is designed to support agricultural institutions, encourage the development of farmers’ associations and improve access to more affordable food in the European Neighbourhood countries.


31.3.2018 Armenian community starts growin

Armenian community starts growing buckwheat thanks to EU

 

Source: euneighbours.eu, 2018-03-09

Buckwheat is now being produced in Armenia thanks to the EU-funded European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD). But what will the production of buckwheat do for Armenian communities?

“Cultivating the same crops, we reached the point when field-crop cultivation was not economically profitable,” says Koryun Smbulyan, Head of “Nor Hatik” Cooperative in the village of Bavra, Shirak province.

“And if field-crop cultivation is not profitable, it means that cattle-breeding is also not profitable.”

According to Koryun, after years of continuously harvesting the same crops such as wheat, barley and potatoes, the soil in Bavra has degraded and it now contains no useful substances.

The ENPARD project promoted field-crop cultivation, which the farmers were previously unaware of. “Now we try to grow and process buckwheat. We are a nation with a 30-40-thousand-year history. We have not grown and processed this crop before. Now we are trying,” Koryun says.

The ENPARD programme was launched in Armenia in January 2015 and will last for three years. It is designed to support agricultural institutions, encourage the development of farmers’ associations and improve access to more affordable food in the European Neighbourhood countries.


31.3.2018 EU4Energy

EU4Energy: Experts learn about use of data for evidence-based policies at International Energy Agency training

 

Source: euneighbours.eu, 2018-03-20

The International Energy Agency (IEA) held a week-long training event on monthly energy data in the Ukrainian town of Odesa on 12-16 March.

The training was attended by experts from the 10 participating EU4Energy focus countries of the Eastern Partnership and Central Asia regions (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan). These included experts from national statistical offices, energy ministries and state agencies in charge of oil.

The event featured a series of training sessions aiming to promote the importance of monthly data to support energy policy making at national level, in particular in the field of energy security.

In parallel, as part of the EU4Energy Programme, the IEA organised a policy discussion on Sustainable Transport and Renewable Energy Policy and a Sustainable Transport Forum.

The training and the policy discussions were organised as part of the EU4Energy programme of the European Union. The International Energy Agency is leading the implementation of the EU4Energy programme for the following countries in the Eastern Partnership and Central Asia: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. The programme’s aim is to work with the 11 beneficiary countries on improving energy data capabilities and enhancing data collection and monitoring, as well as assisting them in evidence-based energy policy design pertinent to the country’s needs.


31.3.2018 Development of Armenia

Development of Armenia’s Fourth National Communication to the UNFCCC and Second Biennial Update Report

 

Source: nature-ic.am, 2018-03-21

The results of the “Development of Armenia’s Fourth National Communication to the UNFCCC and Second Biennial Update Report” UNDP-GEF Project were presented at the Meeting of the Inter-agency Coordinating Council on Climate Change, conducted on March 20, 2018. The Council, which is also acting as the Project Steering Committee, was chaired by Mr. Artsvik Minasyan, Minister of Nature Protection of RA, Council Chairperson. The UNDP Deputy Resident Representative Mr. Dmitry Mariyasin also attended the meeting. Diana Harutyunyan, UNDP Climate Change Program Coordinator, presented the achievements of the “Development of Armenia’s Fourth National Communication to the UNFCCC and Second Biennial Update Report” Project. She highlighted the progress of the Project and results of the National Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report and the Second Biennial Update Report. Diana Harutyunyan also presented the Project future workplan.

The following issues were also presented at the meeting: (i) Armenia’s commitments under the Paris Agreement and cooperation framework with European Union; (ii) Implementation process of the RA Government Protocol Decree N49-8 “On Approval of the of Activities by the Republic of Armenia for Implementation of the Obligations Emanated from a Number of International Environmental Conventions Ratified by the Republic of Armenia; (iii) Initiatives of the RA Ministry of Nature Protection under Green Climate Fund financial mechanism.

 

Read more at:

http://www.nature-ic.am/en/news/%E2%80%9CDevelopment-of-Armenia%E2%80%99s-Fourth-National-Communication-to-the-UNFCCC-and-Second-Biennial-Update-Report%E2%80%9D-Project-results-are-presented-at-the-Meeting-of-the-Inter-agency-Coordinating-Council-on-Climate-Change--/10544

     

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