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Learning efficient agricultural practice

11 September 2013

The official closing ceremony of the Rural Income Generation Project was organised in the community of Sis in Ararat Marz on 28 August 2013. The EU-funded project, with a total budget of €200,000, has provided 50 households with training and support to cultivate their land plots using efficient agricultural technology and organic fertilisers. During the event, representatives of selected households presented the results of their agricultural labours.

The project, implemented by the Save the Children fund, in partnership with the Human Dignity and Peace Foundation, covered the four most vulnerable communities in Ararat Marz: Khachpar, Hayanist, Sis and Nizami. The aim of the project was to reduce poverty through teaching the application of efficient agricultural technologies and by introducing marketing and value chain options.

The households were provided with different vegetable seeds and cultivation supplies, such as syringes, agricultural inventory, T-frames, organic fertilisers, and educational materials with tips on disease and pest control techniques.

‘Many of the inhabitants of the selected villages are refugees who had come mainly from cities – this project was very useful for them to learn how to better manage their households,’ explained Philip Hovhannisian, Project Manager at Save the Children.

As a result of the project, a total area of 7,500 square metres owned by these households has doubled its crop volume. The households were provided with the Marketing Strategy of High-Value Vegetables manual developed during the project, two cooperatives were also established in the four communities, and joint operation agreements were signed.

‘There will be two other areas of funding starting next year, where it will be possible for other Armenian communities to be involved. In 2014 there will be a new call for similar proposals for programmes, so other communities in the region could come forward with similar ideas. Also, next year we will begin a three-year initiative to develop rural communities throughout Armenia,’ stated John Barker, Project Manager at the EU Delegation to Armenia.

Learning efficient agricultural practice

The official closing ceremony of the Rural Income Generation Project was organised in the community of Sis in Ararat Marz on 28 August 2013. The EU-funded project, with a total budget of €200,000, has provided 50 households with training and support to cultivate their land plots using efficient agricultural technology and organic fertilisers. During the event, representatives of selected households presented the results of their agricultural labours. The project, implemented by the Save the Children fund, in partnership with the Human Dignity and Peace Foundation, covered the four most vulnerable communities in Ararat Marz: Khachpar, Hayanist, Sis and Nizami. The aim of the project was to reduce poverty through teaching the application of efficient agricultural technologies and by introducing marketing and value chain options. The households were provided with different vegetable seeds and cultivation supplies, such as syringes, agricultural inventory, T-frames, organic fertilisers, and educational materials with tips on disease and pest control techniques. ‘Many of the inhabitants of the selected villages are refugees who had come mainly from cities – this project was very useful for them to learn how to better manage their households,’ explained Philip Hovhannisian, Project Manager at Save the Children. As a result of the project, a total area of 7,500 square metres owned by these households has doubled its crop volume. The households were provided with the Marketing Strategy of High-Value Vegetables manual developed during the project, two cooperatives were also established in the four communities, and joint operation agreements were signed. ‘There will be two other areas of funding starting next year, where it will be possible for other Armenian communities to be involved. In 2014 there will be a new call for similar proposals for programmes, so other communities in the region could come forward with similar ideas. Also, next year we will begin a three-year initiative to develop rural communities throughout Armenia,’ stated John Barker, Project Manager at the EU Delegation to Armenia.