Nariman, a farmer in the Samukh region of Azerbaijan, is one of about 150 local farmers who benefit today from better access to processing, packaging, and distribution networks of agricultural produce. Thanks to support from the Agricultural Competitiveness Improvement Project, the new produce drying facility in his village can fully serve the needs of local producers, as well as those in many neighboring villages and towns.
Important reforms recently implemented in Azerbaijan’s agricultural sector – including improvement of the food safety system and support to agricultural producers by providing incentives for technology transfer - aim to increase the sector’s productivity and competitiveness. As a result, both consumers and producers will see benefits, including raised incomes for smallholder farmers like Nariman.
The Agricultural Competitiveness Improvement Project, funded by the World Bank, aims to boost the country’s agricultural competitiveness, by improving both the supply and demand side of agribusiness, ensuring better processing capacity, and enabling easier access to markets.