KEY INFORMATION AND FIGURES RELATED TO THE PROJECT
Total EU budget: € 1.250.000
Duration: 32 months (May 2019 – December 2021)
Foreign experts involved: 1 RTA, 3 Project Leaders, 40 STEs
Missions to be carried out: 100
Study visits to be carried out in a Member State: 3
Objectives and purposes of the project
Azerbaijan's Agriculture Sector employs 38% of the working population, contributes 6.8% to GDP and 6.2% to export earnings. Comparatively low productivity and resource efficiency in the sector which is dominated by small holdings offer potential for growth if addressed in a sustainable manner. The sector receives therefore increased attention under the Government of Azerbaijan economic diversification programme. Current agricultural policy focuses amongst others on strengthening sector support services including e-government services, improving the targeting of state support, accelerating know how transfer, promoting cooperation in the smallholder sector and improving transparency, efficiency and effectiveness of overall sector governance.
The overall objective of this twinning project is to support the Ministry of Agriculture to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the state support system for agriculture and rural development and so help in implementing the Government policy on diversification of the economy, decreasing regional disparities and improving rural livelihoods.
The specific objective of the twinning project is to strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Agriculture to define, programme and administer effective state support to agriculture and for rural development and in line with relevant EU policy principles and best practices.
Component 1 is aimed to review the Azerbaijan state subsidies to support producers and processors of agricultural products to improve quality, food safety and cooperation in order to increase farmers income
Component 2 is aimed to introduce EU rural development policy principles in order to contribute to regional and rural development improving rural economy and livelihoods
Component 3 is aimed to enhance the use of Integrated Administration and Control System IACS for a consistent management of agriculture subsidies.