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Workshops in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Moldova: Agricultural policies to reduce food insecurity and poverty

22 Feb 2013, Asia - Caucasus, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova

National workshops will be organized in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Moldova in March 2013, with the support of the “EC/FAO Programme on Information Systems to Improve Food Security Decision-making in European Neighbourhood Policy - East Area”.

The objective of the workshops is to advance the national debate on agricultural policy options that contribute effectively to the reduction of food insecurity and poverty. The workshops are expected to stimulate the dialogue between staff from national institutions and representatives from the civil society who are responsible for, or involved in, the formulation and implementation of agricultural policies. The conclusions of the workshop will be summarized in a policy brief that will be widely disseminated.

The workshops will benefit from the participation of nationals who have graduated from the four month online food security training course. The training course has provided those professionals (from 5 to 8 depending on the country) with a strong and holistic understanding of food security, the skills to analyze food security projects and the tools to put those skills into action. The training course was sponsored by the EC/FAO Programme.

Agriculture is important for the development of Eastern Europe and South Caucasus countries, taking into account its potential contribution to economic growth. Agriculture is also identified as a key sector for the reduction of food insecurity and poverty. The bulk of agricultural output is currently produced by thousands of small farmers who rely on subsistence or semi-subsistence agriculture for livelihoods.

A series of policies are being implemented by governments to support the development of agriculture. Most of them have an explicit objective of maximizing agricultural production.  To what extent do these policies contribute to the reduction of food insecurity and poverty? What are the options available for agricultural policies to have more impact on food insecurity and poverty?  

Dates of the national workshops:
Moldova: Tuesday 5 March
Azerbaijan: Tuesday 19 March
Georgia: Friday 22 March
Armenia: Tuesday 26 March

Françoise Trine
Programme Coordinator
"EC/FAO Programme on Information Systems to Improve Food Security Decision-Making in ENP East Area"

The “Improved Global Governance for Hunger Reduction” programme is funded by the European Union with additional resources provided by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The programme is managed by FAO and collaborates with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP)”