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.