Exchange visit to Arayi community | EUNewsletter

Exchange visit to Arayi community

10 July 2014
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On 3 July an exchange visit to the community of Arayi was organised within the framework of the “Support to Rural Development in Aragatsotn Marz” project. The event was organised by “Green Lane” Agricultural Assistance NGO together with its partner organisation ACF International. The goal of this exchange visit was to underline the importance of women’s role in sustainable agriculture and to build their capacity.

Representatives of ACF International, Green Lane and the Mayor of Arayi attended the event, as well as John Barker, International Aid/Cooperation Officer at the EU Delegation to Armenia.

Nune Sarukhanyan, President of Green Lane, said that the project was aimed at improving participation in the most vulnerable regions of Armenia. The town of Aparan specialises in the cultivation of a limited number of vegetables and cattle breeding, which made it ideal for involvement in the project. ‘This project supports the establishment of both individual and group berry production for women in the Aparan sub-region of Aragatsotn marz. Furthermore, it is aimed at building the capacities of local experts with regard to sustainable agriculture, with a specific focus on the berry production sector. These experts will later share their knowledge and experience with other communities in the region,’ noted Sarukhanyan.

John Barker praised the effective management of the project: ‘We have the EU, a team of implementers consisting of local and international experts and, moreover, we have local women who are committed to making the project work. Although the EU partnership part of this project has been completed, the enthusiasm shown here is inspiring and may lead to more EU visits to Aparan’.

Within the framework of the project, inputs were provided to women beneficiaries to establish demonstration plots, such as seedlings, trellises, wires, paint, agricultural equipment, and packaging. In addition to support for farmers, six local experts from the Aragatsotn marz Agricultural Support Regional Centre were trained in agricultural techniques and legislation, and environmental issues. The Centre supported the project through the delivery of training sessions.

Green Lane and ACF International implemented the “Support to rural development in Aragatsotn Marz” project from January 2013 to July 2014. The 18-month project was funded by the European Union, with a total of €133,943.

Exchange visit to Arayi community

On 3 July an exchange visit to the community of Arayi was organised within the framework of the “Support to Rural Development in Aragatsotn Marz” project. The event was organised by “Green Lane” Agricultural Assistance NGO together with its partner organisation ACF International. The goal of this exchange visit was to underline the importance of women’s role in sustainable agriculture and to build their capacity. Representatives of ACF International, Green Lane and the Mayor of Arayi attended the event, as well as John Barker, International Aid/Cooperation Officer at the EU Delegation to Armenia. Nune Sarukhanyan, President of Green Lane, said that the project was aimed at improving participation in the most vulnerable regions of Armenia. The town of Aparan specialises in the cultivation of a limited number of vegetables and cattle breeding, which made it ideal for involvement in the project. ‘This project supports the establishment of both individual and group berry production for women in the Aparan sub-region of Aragatsotn marz. Furthermore, it is aimed at building the capacities of local experts with regard to sustainable agriculture, with a specific focus on the berry production sector. These experts will later share their knowledge and experience with other communities in the region,’ noted Sarukhanyan. John Barker praised the effective management of the project: ‘We have the EU, a team of implementers consisting of local and international experts and, moreover, we have local women who are committed to making the project work. Although the EU partnership part of this project has been completed, the enthusiasm shown here is inspiring and may lead to more EU visits to Aparan’. Within the framework of the project, inputs were provided to women beneficiaries to establish demonstration plots, such as seedlings, trellises, wires, paint, agricultural equipment, and packaging. In addition to support for farmers, six local experts from the Aragatsotn marz Agricultural Support Regional Centre were trained in agricultural techniques and legislation, and environmental issues. The Centre supported the project through the delivery of training sessions. Green Lane and ACF International implemented the “Support to rural development in Aragatsotn Marz” project from January 2013 to July 2014. The 18-month project was funded by the European Union, with a total of €133,943.