The Swiss dual education system was presented and discussed

Within the framework of the “Modernizing Vocational Education and Training in Agriculture in Armenia” (MAVETA) project from 27 June till 7 July Strategic Development Agency (SDA) NGO together with “School of Agriculture, Forest and Food Sciences of the Bern University of Applied sciences” (HAFL), conducted workshops with the directors and teachers of Berd State Multifunctional College, Stepanavan and Goris State Agricultural colleges, Sisian branch of the Armenian National Agrarian University and Edjmiatsin State Preliminary College. The private sector representatives in the agricultural sector in the North and South of Armenia also participated.

The aim of the workshops was to present the dual education system of Switzerland and discuss future opportunities and constrains of implementation in Armenia. As a result, ideas were generated, based on which future interventions will be planned.

RA Minister of Economy Vahan Kerobyan paid an official visit to Syunik to get acquainted with the process of sustainable pasture management

On June 21, the RA Minister of Economy Vahan Kerobyan paid an official visit to Syunik to get acquainted with the processes and methods of sustainable pasture management in the region. The visit was organized by the initiative of the Program Coordination Platform for Sustainable Management of RA’s Natural Fodder Areas: Pastures and Grasslands.

The purpose of the Minister’s visit was to get familiar with the tools needed for sustainable pasture management, the frequency of existing pasture management plans’ application in the communities, the infrastructures created within the “Second Community Agricultural Resource Management and Competitiveness” (CARMAC 2) project, as well as “Livestock Development in the South of Armenia” and “Livestock Development in Armenia: South-North” projects implemented by the “Strategic Development Agency” NGO.

During the visit, the Minister was introduced to the achievements and opportunities of creating added values for the communities, registered as a result of sustainable pasture management. The Minister also visited Syunik Animal Market located in Khot rural settlement, where he was introduced to the activities implemented, the projects, as well as the upcoming plans.

Gender training for staff members

From 16-17 June, “Strategic Development Agency” NGO organized a gender training to enrich the knowledge and skills of its staff for integrating gender mainstreaming approaches in the implemented projects.

During the two-day training, participants learned through group work activities the skills of incorporating a gender component into the projects and filling in the appropriate questionnaires developed for data collection.

During active discussions, the participants touched upon the concept of gender, gender stereotypes, gender socialization, and gender roles.

ECF Phase II – Kick-off Meeting of the Regional Consultative Forum

On June 9th, Regional Consultative Council Meeting of Eco-Corridors Program (ECF II) was held in Tbilisi. During the meeting the main tasks, goals and methodology of the second phase of the Eco-Corridors Program (ECF II) was discussed. Phase two of the program involves preserving landscapes of special importance, creating eco-corridors connecting protected areas, protecting species and their habitats through active involvement of local people.

 

Mr. Mkrtich Ayvazyan, the Chairman of Strategic Development Agency (SDA) NGO, presented “Living Landscapes for Market Development in Armenia” project financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).  In his speech he highlighted some valuable ideas related nature conservation and economic welfare and how nature-based value chains can be used to overcome economic challenges.

 

“When we place an emphasis of slow tourism – when individuals come into the village and stay instead of masses of people coming in on a bus, standing on the highway and then leaving – through this, we see that there are so many opportunities for local communities.” – Mkrtich Ayvazyan, Strategic Development Agency NGO․

Conference dedicated to the “World Food Safety Day”

By the initiative of the RA Food Safety Inspection Body a conference dedicated to the World Food Safety Day was organized on 7th of June with the support of the “Livestock Development in Armenia. South-North 2 program” implemented by Strategic Development Agency NGO. The event was attended by the representatives of state and local self-government bodies, educational institutions, international and non-governmental organizations. The conference was held in an active question and discussion mode.

The participants of the event, responsible for food safety, made a welcoming speech, emphasizing the importance of food safety not only in the context of improving the health of the population, but also in the context of ensuring the food security of the country.

Taking into consideration the role of veterinarians in ensuring food safety at all stages “from field to fork” chain, this year the event was also attended by veterinarians from the National Association of Veterinarians.

The veterinarian of the “Strategic Development Agency” NGO Mikayel Haykuni and the member of the “National Association of Veterinarians” NGO, veterinarian Sergey Chakhmakhchyan presented the importance of the veterinarians’ role and functions for insuring the food safety.