Armenia Food Security and Agriculture Highlights, October–December 2012

Key messages

•Agricultural production in 2012 was excellent for all main products: cereals (+3.5% compared to 2011), potatoes (+16%), vegetables (+8%) and fruits and berries (+39%). Prospects for 2013 winter cereal crops are favourable.

•The prevalence of poverty slightly decreased in 2011, from 35.8% in 2010 to 35.0% in 2011 but remained much higher than in 2008 (27.6%).

•Food prices increased by only 2% in 2012 but the price of social bread increased by 11% from January to December 2012 reflecting wheat regional market trends.

•Cereal imports in 2012 were considerably above previous year’s level (+23%) and 2007–2011 average level (22%). The cereal import bill was 36% higher than in 2011.