Rehabilitation of degraded indigenous grape vineyards and sown areas in Aragatsotn region
Rehabilitation of degraded indigenous grape vineyards and sown areas in Aragatsotn region
The project aims at combatting land degradation and reducing local poverty through creating preconditions for sustainable land management in Aragatsotn region. In particular, the project will rehabilitate degraded indigenous vineyards and sown areas in Aghdzk, Ashtarak, Sasunik and Voskevaz communities. The communities are located between Ararat valley and foothill of Aragats Mountain; the main source of household income is agriculture. In 2003 there were over 250 independent small farmers in Aragatsotn region, each having an average of 1 hectare of their private land engaged as vineyards. Over 300 hectares of these vineyards were used for Voskehat and Areni varieties. Nowadays, because of oligopolistic market of grape processing, only 5-10 hectares of Voskehat vineyards are being cultivated. In addition, there are 200 hectares of lands that are not cultivated due to the lack of irrigation water. As a feasible solution to this problem, the project plans to provide organic fertilizers, implement modern cultivation practices and coordinate community’s cultivation machinery usage as well as introduce Amaranth and Quinoa crops for rehabilitation of eroded lands through application of new technologies sustaining soil humidity.
The project will be implemented in partnership with Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), which has supported the development of network of farmers and entrepreneurs for decreasing market inefficiencies. SDC financed purchasing of winemaking equipment (fermentation tanks) for young entrepreneurs and conducting respective trainings. Incremental funding of SGP will help to decrease costs for indigenous vineyards cultivation.
The project will address complex socio-economic and environmental issues of the target communities and become a model of effective farming for other communities and farmers. Voskehat NGO plans to use two approaches to address these issues: i) networking of beneficiary farmers and provision of corresponding technical support and expertise; ii) reduction of cultivation costs to motivate farmers to enlarge cultivation areas. The latter will be achieved through a series of trainings on efficient land cultivation and scheduled irrigation for sustainable water use. It is planned to raise the public awareness regarding global environmental issues addressed by the GEF.
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Project Snapshot

Voskehat NGO
Area Of Work:
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 19,220.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 21,500.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 26,700.00
Project Number:
Project Terminated Before Completion

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Significant Participation of Indigenous Peoples
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Hectares of degraded land rest 17
Increase in household income by increased income or reduced costs due to SGP project 2000

Grantee Contact

Ms. Susanna Davoyan
Phone: +374 94 408683


22/1 Heqimyan St.
Ashtarak , Aragatsotn , 0202

SGP Country office contact

Mr. Hovhannes Ghazaryan
+374 60 530000+116
(+374 10) 543811
Ms. Svetlana Harutyunyan
+374 60 530000+117


14 Adamyan St.
Yerevan, 0010

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