The Russian Government will continue to support the school meals program in Armenia.
Representative of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Armenia, Raimund Jehle, told Armenian News – NEWS.am that $6 million will be allocated to that program, which will be implemented during three years in three countries—Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
The program will also include indirect support to school meals and transmission of knowledge on balanced nutrition.
Through another UN channel, the World Food Programme (WFP), the Russian Government has been supporting the school meals program in Armenia as early as since 2010. During 6 years, Moscow provided $24.7 million to Yerevan, by which meals were organized in 7 out of 10 provinces. The Armenian Government took the responsibility for the remaining three provinces (Ararat, Vayots Dzor and Syunik). The state allocates about 500 million AMD (slightly more than $1 million) to this program annually.