FAO

 

Food and Agriculture Organization

Mandate

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developing countries and transition economies, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy issues, global and regional. FAO is also a source of knowledge and information, helping developing countries and transition economies to modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices and ensure safe and healthy nutrition for all.Since its founding in 1945, FAO continues to focus attention on food security in developing rural areas, home to 70 percent of the world's poor and hungry people.

FAO's mandate is to improve levels of nutrition, increase agricultural productivity, improve lives of rural populations and contribute to the growth of the world economy through agriculture development.

Today, FAO is one of the largest specialized agencies in the United Nations system and the lead agency for agriculture, forestry, fisheries and rural development. An intergovernmental organization, FAO currently has 191 Member Nations.

FAO in Armenia

The Republic of Armenia became a member of FAO on 8 November 1993. The FAO Representation Office in Armenia was founded in September 2004. Since becoming a Member Nation of FAO, Armenia has received FAO's support in implementing various development and emergency projects aimed at increasing agricultural productivity and improving the country's food security.

FAO priority areas in Armenia include: improving the food security and standard of living of the rural population; enhancing the safety and quality of food products; sustainable management of natural resources; and institution and capacity-building to support the transition process to a marketbased economy in the rural sector.

FAO activities and projects in Armenia offer the following comparative advantages:

  • Strong partnership and intensive cooperation with the key ministries of the Armenian Government;
  • FAO's established position as a neutral partner both for the Government and NGOs;
  • In depth knowledge of the transformation process in the agricultural sector in Armenia and in other transition economies;
  • Successful collaboration with other United Nations system organizations, specifically with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), as well as other organizations including Embassies and donors based in Armenia; and
  • High recognition of FAO's activities, including dissemination of information and FAO work outcomes in the country.


Currently the Organization is providing support to the Government to improve the meat production chain and, in particular, focusing on its quality and safety. FAO is supporting the Government to establish slaughterhouses that would meet international standards. Training is provided to government officials, farmers dealing with livestock and small investors. One of the objectives of the initiative is to promote public-private partnership in the meat production sector and in the food product value chain.

As the country does not have enough high quality vegetative material, FAO continues to support Armenia in improving its seed production sector, with particular emphasis being given to wheat seed production. Activities, amongst others, include support of seed selection stations and the supply of high quality wheat seeds.

Natural resource management is a major concern in Armenia. The FAO provides assistance to strengthen forest management capacity. The organization is also supporting the Government in the management of obsolete pesticide stocks.Large quantities of obsolete pesticides are particularly a concern in Nubarashen, an area close to Yerevan, and its critical situation is receiving attention from both the Government and the FAO for its possibly high environmental risks.

All FAO activities include capacity and awareness building at every level. Particular attention is given to strengthening the collection of updated and reliable food security information for decision making.

To strengthen cooperation between the FAO and Armenia, the FAO and the Government have worked closely for the preparation of a strategic document aimed at identifying strategic areas for FAO's assistance in achieving Armenia's development objectives. This strategic document, calledthe National Medium -Term Priority Framework, is an operational and results-based management programming tool. It is fully integrated with the results hierarchy, monitoring and accountability of the corporate FAO Strategic Framework, endorsed by the FAO governing bodies. The FAO will continue its cooperation with theGovernment of Armenia within the National Medium-Term Priority Framework.

CONTACT:

Food and Agriculture Organization
Governmental building 3 Room 124
Yerevan 0010, Armenia
Tel: (374 10) 52 54 53
Fax: (374 10) 56 58 71
E-mail: fao-am@fao.org
URL:    http://www.fao.org
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