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Tangible results for the Community Agricultural Resource Management and Competitiveness (CARMAC) and CARMAC 2 Projects

Today a press conference was held at the RA Ministry of Agriculture Conference room by the “Agriculture PIU” SA Director Gagik Khachatryan, in which he presented the implemented works and tangible results within the CARMAC and CARMAC 2 Projects.  

The World Bank supported CARMAC Project implemented by the RA Government was launched in July 2011 and is finishing in September 2016.

Main objectives of the Project is to support the 55 mountainous and border communities (engaged in livestock farming the latter being the main source of livelihood) of the RA 6 marzes (Aragatsotn, Shirak, Lori, Tavush, Gegharkunik and Syunik) in introducing efficient and sustainable system for livestock production based on pasture use and fodder production, establish pasture users cooperatives in the communities, create new product types, as well as improve the quality of breed works and animal health via veterinary...[more]


World Bank Mission’s Regular Visit to Armenia

WB mission supporting the implementation of the “Community Agricultural Resource Management and Competitiveness” (CARMAC) and CARMAC 2 projects is in Armenia. The main objective of the mission for CARMAC project is discussing the preparation of the Implementation Completion Report (ICR) and key issues on project implementation completion and the outputs. The group will also review the implementation progress, fiduciary aspects and their compliance with the WB safeguard policy and also support the project implementation.

On July 12, 2016 the first meeting between “Agriculture PIU” SA Director Gagik Khachatryan and CARMAC, CARMAC 2 TTLs Arusyak Alaverdyan and Bekzod Shamsiev, Agricultural Consultant David Lugg, Natural Resource Management Specialist Joseph Ernstberger, Food Safety Specialist Ara Karapetyan, as well as “Agriculture PIU” SA specialists took place.  

 From July 11 to 22 the...[more]


Meeting with Projects Implementing Consulting Companies

A meeting with project implementing consulting companies was held by “Agriculture PIU” SA Social Specialist Emma Mkrtchyan on July 8, 2016. Veterinary Specialist Sona Tsarukyan, Constructor-engineers Artush Yeranosyan, Vardan Khostikyan and Samvel Kocharyan also participated in the meeting. The objective of the meeting was to ensure compliance of the works they carry out with the provisions of “Resettlement policy framework” (RPF) document prepared for the Second Community Agricultural Resource Management and Competitiveness project 

E. Mkrtchyan presented the main provisions of RPF document particularly addressing the responsibilities of the project implementing consulting companies. She mentioned that new requirements are in place for the consulting companies, which from now on will be included in the technical tasks of the companies.   



Baseline Data Study of the Communities under the CARMAC 2 project

Taking into account the experience gained during the implementation of the CARMAC project, as well as data necessity for project impact assessment and economic efficiency analysis, a methodology for baseline data survey was jointly developed by the WB experts and APIU Monitoring Specialist for 16 communities of 8 marzes (Aragatsotn, Lori, Gegharkunik, Kotayk, Shirak, Tavush, Syunik, Vayots Dzor) included in the second project.     

The objective of the survey is to collect data on livestock productivity and costs/income during one year in order to compare and clarify the changes before and after the project.    

6 cooperative member livestock farms were randomly selected from the communities included in the survey, which should take notes on livestock productivity (milk, meat, heads) and costs/income in the registers on daily basis. The data collected as a result of...[more]



A seminar-discussion on “Involvement of Beneficiaries in Development Projects” was held on June 16, 2016 in WB Yerevan office for the specialists of project implementation units of Armenia. “Agriculture PIU” SA experienced specialists also participated in the seminar. Key issues were: Objectives, importance, methods and challenges of involving beneficiaries into the projects. Mechanisms and experience of beneficiary involvement in different countries were presented via video materials. The participants made proposals, which will contribute to the expansion of beneficiary involvement into the projects implemented in Armenia and development of strategic concept notes for the involvement of citizens.   

“Agriculture PIU” SA specialists presented in details the issues of beneficiary involvement in their projects and the redress mechanisms in use.


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