Overview

The main humanitarian concern for the Government of Armenia is the poverty that continues to impact one third of the population.

While economic growth remained robust in 2005, the sustainability of such growth over the long-run is not assured.

The country remains highly dependent on remittances from abroad and international assistance. Food assistance is critical for thousands who lack food security because of limited economic opportunities.

Overall food availability worsens in the winter months when extra calories are needed for coping with the harsh climatic conditions and lack of heating. Armenia's largest borders with two of its neighbours, Azerbaijan and Turkey, remain closed, stifling trade and economic development.

The country's main trade links are by rail and road through Georgia's Black Sea port.