Rural Development in Armenia
June 2010 – July 2010
UNDP Regional Office (Bratislava) and UNDP Armenia commissioned Pinto Consulting to lead a team to design a project (programme document) dealing with rural development in an integrated manner. The goal of the five year long $5 million “Enhanced Support to Rural Development in the Tavush Region” project is to raise quality of life and the income levels in a cluster of six communities located in the Tavush marz (region). The goal is to be achieved by focusing on four aspects:
- Upstream policy support: to the Government of Armenia to develop cooperative legislation based on international best practice and undertake awareness raising of the value of cooperatives among farmers;
- Integrated community development: participative community development covering a cluster of 6 communities centred on the Lusadzor community in Tavush marz;
- Enhanced rural support: focusing on issues such as cooperative development, cold storage, small scale processing, low cost demonstration projects, yield & output improvement and access to market support;
- Labour market support: focusing on generating non-farm income, rapid re-training and start-ups support for target groups with no access to land.
- Expert function.
- Participation as Team Leader of project.
- Discussions and information collection in Yerevan and Tavush region.
- Stakeholder, donor, NGO, etc. meetings.
- Preparation of detailed programme document.
- Liaison with stakeholders and UNDP.