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Publication | 29 October 2020

WFP Armenia - Creating Sustainable Nutrition-Sensitive Food Value Chains

In Armenia, the gains resulting from the macroeconomic progresses and structural reforms implemented over the last decades have not reached in the same way all the population, with those worst off being left behind, particularly small-holder farmers and women. This social inequality is also followed by the uneven geographical development of the country, with the northern provinces of Armenia being those most affected by high level of food insecurity. Part of the economic growth that is being experienced by the country stems from the agricultural sector that has had relatively strong performances since 2001and which has contributed to the increased food availability in the country; although this is characterised by low diversification and quality standards, and high productions costs. Thus, constraining the access of those most vulnerable to nutritionally diversified healthy food at affordable prices. The reason for this can be found in the lack of a nutrition-sensitive food value chain whereby the market-offer of nutritious food, low purchasing power, inefficient supply chain mechanisms and existing consumption habits all negatively impact the access to nutritionally diversified food and negatively reflect on the food security and nutrition situation of the most vulnerable groups of the Armenian society.
WFP Armenia - Creating Sustainable Nutrition-Sensitive Food Value Chains

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