The “Livestock Development in Armenia: South-North” Project is implemented by “Strategic Development Agency” NGO and financed by the Austrian Development Agency, the operational unit of Austrian Development Cooperation and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. The Project targets households involved in cattle breeding, actors of milk and meat value chains and Local Self-Governing Bodies of 100 rural settlements, with over 99,000 habitants, of Shirak, Lori, Tavush and Gegharkunik marzes. The partners of the 3 year duration Project are RA Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Administrations of Shirak, Lori, Tavush and Gegharkunik marzes, as well as Local Self-Governing Bodies.
This Project was developed taking into consideration achieved results of the livestock development projects implemented for the previous 10 years in Syunik, Vayots Dzor, Tavush and Gegharkunik marzes and gained expertise of “Strategic Development Agency” NGO.
In the frame of Project investments plans with milk processing companies are being developed and implemented which undertakes provision of new production equipment as well as capacity building consultation throughout the cooperation period. As a result of the Project intervention processors enhance their production line, increase sales volumes and integrate more farmers as suppliers.
The Project long-term goal is to contribute to inclusive and sustainable agricultural growth of livestock-dependant rural communities in Northern marzes of Armenia through facilitation of private sector and activation of the Armenian-Georgian economic relations.