Financing Phase II of the Grant Program “Agricultural Census 2014 in the Republic of Armenia”Oct 27, 2014
Yerevan, 27 October 2014 – Government of the Republic of Armenia hosted a signing ceremony for the Agreement of Phase II of a grant program titled “Agricultural Census 2014 in the Republic of Armenia,” funded by the Austrian Development Cooperation.
According to the Agreement, a grant in the amount of EUR 524,000 will be awarded for capacity building of the RA National Statistical Service (NSS), post-fieldwork enumeration, data collection, data input, summary and analysis of results. The project will be implemented until 2017. Phase I of the UNDP project comprised EUR 379,000 and was used to finance the pilot phase of the Agricultural Census. Again, funding support for this earlier phase was provided by the Austrian Development Cooperation.
The quadrennial project of the Agricultural Census (2013-2016) has been developed by RA NSS, under an EU Twinning Project, in cooperation with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), experts of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as well as the specialists of the RA Ministry of Agriculture, in accordance with FAO guidelines. In addition to the contributions from the RA Government, the project will be financially supported by the European Union, Austrian Development Cooperation, the World Bank and USAID.
The Agreement was signed between the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the operational unit of the Austrian Development Cooperation, and the UNDP in Armenia. The latter is assigned by ADA as the financial coordinator of the contribution.
Notice: According to international methodology, the Agricultural Census is a statistical operation directed towards collecting, processing and sharing comprehensive data on the structure of agriculture, namely the agricultural lands, the number of cattle, agricultural technique and agricultural buildings, as well as the available potential (human and material) and its employment.
UN guidelines oblige member states to take an agricultural census at least every ten years. Given that the Agricultural Census will be taken in Armenia for the first time, the RA NSS took a Pilot Agricultural Census from November 11-30, 2013, in seven communities of three regions in Armenia. Subsequently, the methodological and planning principles as well as the implementation toolkit, automatic data processing programs and procedures were developed.