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Armenia: Green growth

Bavakan Melivkyan, a member of Gomk women’s co-operative, Vayots Dzor, practising apple tree grafting skills. Tree grafting improves the quality and yield of fruit over the long term, a valuable addition to female farmers’ skills.

Funding target: £80,000

Year 2 of a 2 year project
In Vayots Dzor, Armenia, refugees make up half of the population. But increasingly harsh weather is destroying crops, and entrenching poverty.  With your help, refugee women can improve their incomes, using more resilient crops and new technology.

About the project

Help increase the status and earning power of women in rural communities

Economic growth in Armenia reflects a massive disparity between urban and rural areas. And it is women, particularly refugees, from small, remote agricultural communities who are most vulnerable. Increasingly harsh winters and summer droughts are badly affecting their crops, and many live in poverty, facing inequality and discrimination, without access to the agricultural support that they need.

With your support we aim to:

  • Increase farmers' incomes - particularly women and refugees - by helping them to develop successful agricultural businesses;
  • Help farmers to adapt to harsh weather conditions by introducing more climate resilient, non-traditional crops, and constructing irrigation-fed greenhouses;
  • Enable small-scale farmers to grow and store more environmentally sustainable, marketable produce, such as high-value fresh and dried fruits and vegetables;
  • Empower more women to become agricultural and business leaders.

Who will benefit

This year, at least 600 people from four communities (50% of whom are refugees), will benefit from agricultural co-operation, high-value production, training and collective marketing. Indirectly, an estimated 2,000 local people and authorities will benefit from training activities and access to trade fairs. Agricultural businesses, traders, exporters and consumers will also have an improved supply of good quality produce.

How we are helping

Lusine's story

Lusine Khurshudyan, President of Zedea women's agricultural co-operative in Vayots Dzor. Photo: Benjamin Ghazaryan

 Training from Oxfam and the Business Support Centre on co-operative business management, marketing, agriculture - and particularly gender and leadership - has changed my life.

Lusine Khurshudyan is one of a majority of Zedea residents who originally moved there as refugees from Azerbaijan following conflict in 1988. Although Lusine's formal education suffered as a result of the difficult humanitarian circumstances during this time, she was elected to become President of Zedea women's agricultural co-operative as a result of her strong leadership skills within the community.

Photo: Benjamin Ghazaryan

The budget


If you would like to learn more, download the full project details here (PDF, 1.15MB).

Inspired to make a difference?

By giving directly to this project you can be sure you are transforming people's lives. All of the money you give will go towards Oxfam's work in Armenia. Get in touch to find out how you can help.


Individual donors:

Emma Learner -
01865 472108

Trusts and Foundations:

Kylie Sheaf - 
01865 473578


Peter William Hall -
01865 473445

If you're based in Scotland:

Angus Nelson -
0141 285 8863

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