Angela Kirkian was born in Aleppo. She came to Armenia four years ago with her mother. Her sister, brother, and aunt stayed in Syria.
HIGHLIGHTS (MARKET ALERT)
Despite a decrease in the cost of food in April, Armenian markets are at alert level for the fourth month in a row. The market alert is spread across the country, with the exception of Gegharkunik and Kutayk marzes.
After strong real GDP growth of 7.5% in 2017, it will slow to an average of 4% in 2018-22.
Food inflation sharply decreased from 4.7% in March to 1.5 in April, while overall inflation fell to 2.4%. However wages have also increased by 5.5% on a year-on year basis.
HIGHLIGHTS (MARKET ALERT)
Despite a slight decrease in the cost of food in March, Armenian markets were at alert level for the third month in a row. The market alert is spread across the country, with the exception of Gegharkunik marz. On a positive note the high prices are expected to drop in April. A further increase in the cost of food is however forecasted for the summer. The most expensive food is found in Yerevan, where the demand is the highest.
The Republic of Armenia is a small landlocked country in the Caucasus region, with an area of 29,743m² and a population of 2,998,600. The terrain is mostly mountainous, with fast flowing rivers, and few forests. The climate is highland continental, which means that Armenia is subject to hot summers and cold winters. Agricultural lands cover 69% of the territory and agriculture employs 44% of the working population, although agriculture´s contribution to the overall economy is declining.
By Yagshimyrat Annamyradov and Rosalind Cook
ALMATY, Kazakhstan, 7 March 2018 - Six countries in Central Asia and the South Caucasus are the latest to commit to using the Sendai Framework Monitor, the online tool launched on March 1, to improve disaster loss data collection in order to better inform national and local strategies for disaster risk reduction.
HIGHLIGHTS (MARKET ALERT)
Armenian markets confirmed the alert level that had arisen in the previous months. The market alert is spread across the country, with the exception of Gegharkunik mars. Despite the still high food prices, in February the cost of the reference food basket decreased slightly and it is expected to continue this trend in March. A further increase in the cost of food is however expected in the second quarter of 2018.
On 20 February the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski participated in the Community Resilience Forum in Yerevan, along with regional and community government representatives and development programme officers.
Our work in Armenia in 2017
In Armenia, the ICRC focuses on civilians living in exposed communities along the international border, missing people and their families, mine victims and people deprived of their liberty.
We also spread knowledge of the international humanitarian law among national authorities, academics and armed forces. Our key partner is the Armenian Red Cross Society (ARCS) with whom we coordinate activities aimed at assisting people affected by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
• The launch of the National Strategic Review in Armenia is scheduled for Monday 15 January 2018.
• Yerevan to receive a new loan from the German Development Bank (KfW) worth $93 million to assist with budgetary expenditures.
• Word Bank provided further support to the development of Armenia’s irrigation systems though a $2 million loan for the Additional Financing of the Irrigation System Enhancement Project.
FACTS & FIGURES
300 000 beneficiaries for the entire region from the period of 2016 to 2017
Total disaster risk reduction (DRR) funding in the South Caucasus: €2.8 million from 2016 to 2018
Total EU humanitarian funding: €188 million from 1993 to 2016
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Cereal production in 2017 estimated close to average level
Cereal imports in 2017/18 marketing year (July/June) expected close to previous year’s level
Prices of wheat flour were stable in last months
Cereal production in 2017 estimated close to five-year average
WFP, Government officials from Republic of Armenia and the Russian Federation officialised the nationalisation of the school meals programme in the province of Tavush during the handover ceremony at Hagharstin School.
Armenian Government Delegation participated in the 19th Annual Global Child Nutrition Forum which took place from 17-21 September 2017, in Montreal,
Armenian student, won a prize in WFP Children’s Design Competition for 2017.
Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General
The Secretary-General welcomes the summit held on 16 October in Geneva, Switzerland, between the President of the Republic of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, and the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, organized under the auspices of the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group. He is encouraged by the Presidents’ agreement to take measures to intensify the negotiation process and to take additional steps to reduce tensions on the Line of Contact.
Youngsters who fled conflict and persecution find new friends and new confidence at summer camp in Armenia.
By Anahit Hayrapetyan in Lake Sevan, Armenia
The still waters and stunning landscape of Lake Sevan in Armenia make it a popular beach destination for tourists. But this year it also became the setting for a summer camp that helped 40 displaced young people from Syria, Iraq and Nagorno-Karabakh find confidence, opportunities and friends in their new home.
On 7th July, the National Assembly approved the 2017-2022 Programme of the Government of the Republic of Armenia, which establishes the strategic framework for the next five years across all sectors.
The Minister of Finance approved the 2017-2019 midterm Expenditures Framework, which includes School Feeding with two additional provinces to be taken on by the Government.
Yerevan – On 2 August, the first inter-agency simulation exercise on humanitarian relief and disaster preparedness between Armenia and Georgia took place with the support of IOM, the UN Migration Agency.
At the request of the Armenian Ministry of Emergency Situations, IOM organized a simulation for 30 participants from concerned agencies at the Gogavan crossing on the Armenian-Georgian border. The exercise aimed to build the capacity of Armenian officials in humanitarian crisis response, including conflict-induced displacement.
The Deputy Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) called for Armenia to capitalize on opportunities for inclusive growth during his visit to Yerevan in recognition of the 25th anniversary of Armenia’s membership in the IMF.
In early June, the Armenian parliament unanimously approved Government plans to establish a new anti-corruption task force.
Moscow, July 12, IRNA – Iran Red Crescent chief and Armenian Ministers of Emergency Situations, Health and Territorial Administration and Development agreed on expanding cooperation in related fields.
The high-ranking Iranian delegation, headed by Iran Red Crescent Chief Amir Mohsen Ziaee, in talks with Armenian ministers and authorities on Tuesday explored relations expansion in rescue and relief and other related fields.
Strasbourg, 07.07.2017 - The co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Armenia and Azerbaijan by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) have expressed their concern at the escalation of violence near Alkhani village in the Fuzili region, and regretted that this has led to casualties among which are civilians, including reportedly a two-year-old child.