Introduction of Integrated Crop and Livestock Farming System in selected communities of Gegharkunik and Tavush Regions
Introduction of Integrated Crop and Livestock Farming System in selected communities of Gegharkunik and Tavush Regions
The project aims to introduce integrated crop-livestock farming system as a solution for enhancing livestock production and safeguarding the natural resources and associated agro-ecosystem services essential for sustaining local livelihoods. Project will target two communities from Gegharkunik region (Vahan, Ttujur) and three communities from Tavush region (Navur, Itsaqar and Chinchin), which are situated in the SGP OP6 target landscape zone, and where animal husbandry is the main occupation and income source for about 1,130 households. Although the target communities are rich in productive agricultural landscapes (around 6,560 ha pastures, grasslands and 2,060 ha arable lands), only 1/3 of pastureland is being used. In case of arable lands the situation is even worse, only few hectares of cereals and some perennial fodder crops (like alfalfa) are cultivated in each community.
In modern agriculture, animal husbandry and crop production is understood as interlinked sectors, which cannot be considered in isolation, as the context of agricultural systems leads to tight interdependences. Therefore, principles and objectives of Integrates Farm Management approach implies coupling animal husbandry with arable production.
An integrated farming system consists of a range of resource-efficient practices that aim to achieve sustainable livelihoods, as well as high and sustained production levels, while minimizing the negative effects of intensive farming and preserving the environment. Based on the principle of promoting natural biological processes in the topsoil, the integrated system represents a winning combination that: (a) reduces soil erosion; (b) increases crop yields, soil biological activity and nutrient cycling; (c) improves land use efficiency and farmers’ income; and (d) can therefore help reducing poverty and under-nutrition, and strengthening environmental sustainability.
The project objective is therefore, to introduce agro-ecological farming practices and techniques for integrated crop and livestock management to mitigate land degradation, increase sustainable productivity and strengthen farmers resilience in selected communities of Gegharkunik and Tavush Regions.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Strategic Development Agency NGO
Country:
Armenia
Area Of Work:
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 57,016.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 6,600.00
Project Number:
ARM/SGP/OP5/Y6/STAR/LD/16/45
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Capacity - Building Component
All the planned activities on introduction of integrated crop and livestock farming system in selected communities will be accompanied by targeted capacity building activities, as described below: - Activities for mobilization and capacity building of farmers on effective use and management of communal landscapes, improvement of grazing practices in the selected communities will be implemented. The inhabitants of target communities (pasture users/farmers, community counsel and staff of local authorities) will gain knowledge and skills on pastures assessment and monitoring to adjust/update communal pastures’ management and rotational grazing plans, carry out estimations on required cattle feed amount for the entire community to plan for production and supply of the feed. - A set of complex capacity building activities, including trainings, workshops, exchange visits, etc., targeted to improve farmers' traditional knowledge and experience, introducing good agricultural practices and technologies will be undertaken in the selected communities. The trainings will focus on the following topics: production technologies, nutrition value of “new” fodder crops, their positive influence on cattle welfare and soil nourishment, on-farm seed breeding practices, development and improvement of cattle feeding ratios. - A set of trainings and workshops will be organized for all communal vets to ensure qualified and continuous services locally. The trainings will cover i) organization and management of veterinary points in the communities, ii) diagnosis of infectious and noninfectious diseases, iii) modern treatment methods and medicine, etc.
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
In all beneficiary communities will carried out activities targeted to raise awareness of community members on Project, as well as issues/topics that planned to cover/implement (integrated natural landscapes management, animal husbandry, good agricultural practices, etc.). For this purpose in the local municipalities, schools, cultural centers, on the special announcement boards will be sticked announcements about upcoming meetings, discussions or trainings, so wider audience will be aware about project and will have chance to participate on planned activity/event. In order to disseminate the project information for broader strata of society, it is planned to involve regional mass media representatives (TV and newspapers) to disseminate information on the Project outcomes.
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Indicators
Empowerment
Number of women participated / involved in SGP project 2166
Biophysical
Hectares of degraded land rest 1369
Livehood
Number of households who have benefited* from SGP project 1129

Partnership

SDA NGO

Grantee Contact

Mr. Mkrtich Ayvazyan
Phone: +374 10 51 75 28
Fax: +374 10 57 15 59
Email: m.ayvazyan@sdaoffice.com
 

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