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Strategy of the main directions ensuring economic development in agricultural sector of the Republic of Armenia for 2020-2030.

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This Strategy if nationwide policy document with a view of creating sustainable, innovative, high value-added agriculture in a harmony with the environment, ensuring care of natural resources, producing organic products and ensuring the well-being of the people living in rural areas. The agricultural sector's transition from traditional small-scale production towards modern, technology-enabled, market-driven, and value-added agriculture is part of the Government's overall vision of widespread prosperity. Core to this vision is inclusive growth where small producers, agribusinesses, and the broader population in rural areas - including most notably Armenia's youth - have access to productive opportunities.
This Strategy is based on seven principles and aims at inclusive growth, gender equality, as well as institutional sustainability: (a) aggregation: support the aggregation of small holdings and fragmented value chains via the reduction of abandoned land and the promotion of farmer-to-farmer and farmer-to-agribusiness linkages to transition to a more economically viable agriculture sector; (b) commercialization: support export-focused growth and private sector investment into more commercial activities, prioritized support for high value commodities, re-orientation to high value export markets, and emphasis on value-add activities, most notably the greenhouse sector and agro-processing sector development; (c) orientation to quality: focus on improving, monitoring, and promoting the quality of Armenian agriculture products and pursue upmarket positioning emphasizing the unique qualities of Armenia's environment (water, mountains, ecologically safe agriculture) and rich and ancient food culture. In parallel, develop geographical identification for traditional products and wine; establish Brand Armenia positioning in priority sectors; and add an Armenian Quality Label for promotion at the local market level; (d) youth engagement: include young people in all agriculture development activities-from policy making to production, processing, and marketing activities to foster engagement and build a sustainable supply of talent for the sector; (e) diversification and risk management: promote product and market diversification, introduce risk management measures ranging from hail protection systems to universal access to high quality agricultural insurance for producers and agribusinesses; (f) climate change adaptation, resistance and environmental sustainability: increase focus on climate changes awareness, adaptation, and mitigation strategies (e.g., improve agriculture sector climate change monitoring, promote climate smart agriculture practices, and support dissemination of climate adaptation inputs like draught resistant seeds), while also working to ensure that agriculture sector development is informed by a focus on resource sustainability including, most critically, good water and soil management practices; (g) technology-focused modernization: invest in agricultural sector digitalization, mechanization/automation, irrigation, the greenhouse sector, and post-harvest infrastructure development (e.g., cold chains, modern storage systems). Build the local ecosystem for agriculture technology innovation and regional digital agriculture services leadership.
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