Introduction of "green" backyard gardening practices for improved livelihoods in Saramej community of Lori
Introduction of "green" backyard gardening practices for improved livelihoods in Saramej community of Lori
The main goal of the project is to help low-income households of Saramej community of Lori region (with a population of 1780) improve their lilvelihoods and food security through introduction of sustainable water mamanment and gardening practices.
The project aims to rehabilitate arable lands, including backyard plots and micro-gardens in Saramej by building a spring water collection system, restoring the non-operating water-well and constructing a gravity-flow irrigation system. It is estimated that by yielding the spring waters, upgrading the water-well with an energy-efficient pump and a grid-connected photovoltaic micro-station, as well as constructing a 5,400-meter-long gravity irrigation system, the project will result in returning of 130 ha abandoned arable lands to production. Within the project activities, it is also planned to support establishment of micro-gardens, family orchards and greenhouses, which will improve local food security, self-sufficiency and diversify sources of income. The project will also build capacities of the local population on soil and water management as well as sustainable climate-resilient farming to ensure production of chemicals-free fruits, vegetables and crops in backyard plots.
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Project Snapshot

"Spitak-Farmer" Association supporting the Agriculture NGO
Area Of Work:
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 30,807.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 19,590.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Policy Impact
In line with GEF strategic and national environmental and development priorities, the project will contribute to the prevention of land degradation, promotion of climate-smart agricultural practices contributing to restoration and conservation of land and water resources and enhance resilience of people to climate change effects. In the long run, this will have stabilizing effects on agro-ecosystem.
Inovative Financial Mechanisms
Innovative resource-efficient agro-ecological practices and techniques, such as climate-resilient high-value crops, drip-irrigation, energy-efficient water-well pump powered by a grid-connected PV station etc. will be documented and widely shared through brochures, newspaper articles, local TV and a project documentary.
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Number of women participated / involved in SGP project 1068
Hectares of degraded land rest 130
Number of households who have benefited* from SGP project 260


Saramej community

Grantee Contact

Mr. Sargis Markosyan
Phone: +374 95 800255


5/1 Aleq Manukyan
Spitak , Lori Region , 1804

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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