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18 Oct 2017 description

Highlights

  • 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,
    Canada.

  • Armenian student, won a prize in WFP Children’s Design Competition for 2017.

Operational Updates

17 Oct 2017 description

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.

18 Sep 2017 description

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.

23 Aug 2017 description

Highlights

  • 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.

08 Aug 2017 description

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.

31 Jul 2017 description

Highlights

  • 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.

13 Jul 2017 description

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.

07 Jul 2017 description
report Council of Europe

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.

15 Jun 2017 description

Highlights

  • Following the parliamentary elections in April, all ministers resigned from their posts on the 18th of May.
    Ten ministers have been reappointed, two of which WFP liaises with directly. These include the Minister of Agriculture and the Minister of International Economic Integration and Reforms, who also serves as the Vice Prime Minister.

  • Despite ongoing ceasefire violations at the border of Tavush province, school meals operations in Armenia remain uninterrupted and unaffected.

26 May 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Cereal production in 2017 forecast close to good 2016 level

  • Cereal imports expected to increase in 2017/18 marketing year (July/June)

  • Prices of wheat flour decreased in April

Cereal production in 2017 forecast close to good 2016 level

24 May 2017 description

Highlights

  • The official results of Armenian’s Parliamentary elections held on April 2nd gave victory to the ruling Republican party.

  • On April 11th, the Caucasus Research Resource Center (CRRC), in cooperation with WFP and Maastricht University, presented the findings of a new study, titled “Social Protection and Safety Nets for Enhanced Food Security and Nutrition in Armenia” at the UN House in Yerevan.

  • Arminian Government signed an agreement with WFP to cover the costs of in-country food transportation and storage.

23 May 2017 description

Hayanist, Armenia – During a public event on May 22, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company Armenia (CCHBCA), and the Global Environment Facility’s Small Grants Programme in Armenia (implemented by UNDP) marked the successful completion of a joint water project in Hayanist, Ararat. This is part of USAID’s broader efforts to curb the rate of groundwater abstraction in the Ararat Valley to sustainable levels.

30 Apr 2017 description

Iraqi Yazidi families who have sought refuge among fellow Yazidi communities in Armenia are finding it hard to integrate.

By Nicola Kelly

ARAKS, Armenia, April 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Shortly before midnight outside a poorly-lit barn in southern Armenia, Sevak Mouradyan is funnelling gallons of petrol into plastic canisters and humming a traditional Yazidi anthem to himself.

He pauses for a moment, squints through the darkness towards a group of men drinking tea and begins to shout orders.

27 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

  • WFP together with UNDP organised a Partnerships Coordination Meeting to enhance synergies around humanitarian and development interventions of partners in Tavush Province. The event followed WFP’s initiative on a Framework of Cooperation in Tavush which mobilized USD 400,000 for school infrastructure development.

  • WFP launched CBT reaching 74 schools and 7500 primary school-age children in the Tavush Province

22 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • On 08 February, WFP Country Director together with the President of Social and Industrial Foodservice Institute had a meeting with the Minister of Education and Science and the Director of the newly established State School Meals Foundation to discuss the modalities of strengthening the capacities of Foundation and the roadmap towards National ownership of the programme.

03 Mar 2017 description

Georgia - Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS continue to pose a threat to mobile and migrant populations in Europe. Now the countries of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia are teaming up to reduce the threat posed by the two diseases.

A new project, funded by IOM, aims to address the challenges posed by TB and HIV to migrants in the southern Caucasus region. Government representatives from the three countries met with IOM in the Austrian capital Vienna this week to move forward on the project.

24 Feb 2017 description
report HALO Trust

The HALO Trust launched the Safe Steps for the people of Karabakh campaign in 2016 with the aim to clear all the landmines in Karabakh by 2020, alleviating the suffering Karabakhi Armenians have endured for the past 22 years.

A third of landmine victims in Karabakh are children, and in addition to facing the threat of debilitating injuries and death, the Karabakhi people are financially threatened as minefields hinder agricultural and family businesses.

22 Feb 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Armenia: Children Isolated, Needlessly Separated from Families
Close Orphanages; Ensure Accessible Services, Education for All

(Yerevan) – Thousands of children in Armenia are needlessly separated from their parents and placed in institutions due to disability or poverty, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The government should urgently provide community-based services and quality, inclusive education so that all children, including children with disabilities, can grow up in a family.

19 Jan 2017 description

Highlights

  • On 22 December, the Government of Armenia adopted a decision on the establishment of a State School Feeding Foundation. The Foundation will serve as a main implementation and coordination unit of the Government for the school meals programme.

  • On 21 December, following the request of the Government of Armenia, WFP and FAO organized the first Food Security Coordinating Group (FSCG) Meeting to ensure a coordinated and cohesive response to food insecurity in case of humanitarian crises.