The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has initiated a new project in a village in Azerbaijan’s Zangilan district that will help people gain new experience in their field of activity.
The new project in Azerbaijan’s Aghali village will allow farmers returning to the village to get better employment opportunities whereas another project that will be implemented in a pilot farm will introduce new technologies in agriculture, Deputy Representative of the FAO in Azerbaijan Bariz Mehtiyev explained.
As Mehtiyev stressed, Baku is paying special attention to developing agriculture in Azerbaijan’s liberated territories.
The two-year project, which has already been approved and submitted by the government in Baku, will be implemented together with the Agricultural Services Agency of the Ministry of Agriculture of Azerbaijan within the framework of the FAO Technical Assistance Program.
The project, which is expected to include about 300 farmers, provides for the demonstration and implementation of pilot irrigation systems, one of the many technologies used in agriculture that has developed significantly over the past 30 years.
In addition, FAO is also supporting Azerbaijan’s projects in food and waste management, food security in the country’s regions, and the agricultural environment as well as in agriculture, where the parties implemented over 60 joint projects.
The EU and FAO’s joint program to help Azerbaijan’s agricultural sector – in particular, the local farmers – aims to help farmers promote domestic production.
Last May, two new projects were launched under Azerbaijan’s partnership program with FAO, one focused on the Support of structural reform and strategic development and the other one focused on the Improvement of seed and agrochemical laboratories and certification services.
In a changing climate and environment, the first project aims to provide Azerbaijan with sustainable consumption and production patterns and sustainable agri-food systems via efficient and inclusive food and agricultural supply chains at the local, regional, and at global levels.
The second project aims to make agriculture, forestry, and fisheries in Azerbaijan more productive and sustainable by prioritizing the improvement of certification, laboratory, and a variety of testing services in order to provide capacity-building and technical support in the field of sustainable agriculture and food security.
Both projects stemmed from the Agrarian Services Agency of the Agriculture Ministry of Azerbaijan.