Participatory Policies- Sustainable Agriculture
The overall objective of the project is the sustainable development of agriculture in Armenia through the improvement of the policies in the agricultural sector. During the project at least 7 packages of recommendations on improvement of agricultural policies will be developed and submitted, at least 2 out of which will be included in the agricultural development national agenda.
Specific objective 1: Strengthening Agricultural Alliance aimed at supporting improvements of policies that ensure fair competition in the agricultural sector.
It is planned to organize several workshops in 4 marzes of Armenia with different agricultural zones/levels with participation of more than 100 small-holder farmers (including cooperative members) and other stakeholders, and later “Farmers Congress” in Yerevan during which issues in the agricultural sector will be raised and discussed, the most realistic scenarios of solving at least 4 priority issues will be identified. CSO-government group will develop concept papers (recommendations) that will be submitted to the relevant government agencies. To ensure inclusion in the government agenda and further adoption of those recommendations advocacy and lobbying activities will be implemented, including work with mass media and different public events.
Within the current specific objective monitoring of at least one state support program will be conducted. Advocacy and lobbying activities will be carried out for the adoption of the recommendations developed as a result of the monitoring.
Specific objective 2: Support in the establishment and development of agricultural cooperatives as a means for combining and effective usage of the small-holder farmers’ resources and ensuring competitiveness in the market.
To identify barriers for the development of agricultural cooperatives in Armenia, as well as to develop recommendations on state support programs aimed at agricultural cooperative development in Armenia comprehensive research will be conducted. Two policy papers (recommendations) will be developed. To ensure inclusion in the government agenda and further adoption of those recommendations advocacy and lobbying activities will be implemented, including work with mass media and different public events.
The project is implemented by 7 member organizations of Agricultural Alliance /Coalition of Armenia within the framework of the sub-grant provided in the scope of the EU funded “Commitment to Constructive Dialogue” Project.
The “Commitment to Constructive Dialogue” project is implemented with the financial support of the European Union by a consortium of civil society organizations, which are the “Armenian Lawyers’ Association” NGO, Agora Central Europe o.p.s (an NGO from the Czech Republic), the “Armenian Center for Democratic Education-CIVITAS” NGO, the “International Center for Human Development” Public Organization, the “SME Cooperation Association” NGO and the Union of Communities of Armenia.