24 February, Oxfam in Armenia and BSC Business Support Center initiated a joint presentation of the “Win-Win Cooperation of Smallholder Farmers and Processors in Armenia” Case Study developed by BSC.
In his opening speech Vadim Uzunyan, Agricultural and Food Security Policy Programme Manager at OXFAM in Armenia, emphasized the importance of market access and win-win cooperation between the farmers and the processors.
Additionally he stated, - “OXFAM has already implemented much work in this regard, by establishing a working group which has developed the draft Strategy for Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development 2015-2025 with the direct contribution from farmers and processors”.
During the presentation the managing director of BSC Business Support Center, Samvel Gevorgyan, emphasized the uniqueness of the study, i.e. discussion of particular cases of well known Yerevan Brandy Company and newly established “Mirg” fruit processing plant in Tavush marz, Armenia, which enabled to more efficiently portray the win-win cooperation of the farmers and processors.
The case study focuses on challenges that hinder establishment of this type of cooperation in Armenia, such as macroeconomic and geopolitical situation of the country, access to financial and technical resources, etc. as well as identifies solutions and suggests actions for each group of stakeholders to ensure win-win collaboration in the agricultural value chain as an essential part of food security.
Managing director of BSC Business Support Center concluded that implementation of similar projects in Armenia contributes to development of the social entrepreneurship model through the promotion of cooperation between farmers and processors, and the key to success is the active involvement of all stakeholders.
The participants of the event were representatives from the Government, food processing companies and other private sector players, agricultural cooperatives, local and international organizations.
The case study was developed within the framework of “Improving Regional Food Security in South Caucasus through National Strategies and Smallholder Production” regional project funded by the European Union and Oxfam.