Cultivation and production of wild berries in high-mountainous communities in the context of conservation of local agro-ecological system
Cultivation and production of wild berries in high-mountainous communities in the context of conservation of local agro-ecological system
The project aims to support local cultivation of endangered wild blueberry (Vaccinium L.), hawthorn (Cratageus) and barberry (Berberis Vulgaris L.) for development of eco-production in Navur, Itsakar, Verin Karmiraghbyur and Berd communities of Tavush region. The project will involve local women in all of the activities of the project for increasing their knowledge and capacities on sustainable management of agro-ecological systems and developing their business skills on local eco-production.
Being far from the capital Yerevan and having one of the longest border with neighboring Azerbaijan, the above-mentioned communities were and are still economically disadvantaged, having the highest indicators of unemployment among local women and migration among men. Besides, the energy crisis of early 1990s resulted in illegal logging and massive deforestation in the region, which negatively affected some populations of wild berries and tree species.
Within the proposed project it is planned to introduce on-farm cultivation of wild blueberry, hawthorn and barberry to support conservation of the mentioned species of berries and ensure employment opportunities among local women. It is envisaged to establish experimental production of wild berry jams and jellies and sell the products at sale-exhibitions and through e-commerce modality.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Berd Women's Resource Center Foundation
Country:
Armenia
Area Of Work:
Biodiversity
Grant Amount:
US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 6,982.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 10,927.00
Project Number:
ARM/SGP/OP6/Y2/CORE/BD/16/02
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
As a result of the project, it is expected that 25 households will have an opportunity to establish an experimental farm, where wild blueberry, hawthorn and barberry will be cultivated. Also, it is envisaged that 5 women will be engaged in wild berry collection, 4 women will make jams and jellies, and 3 will pack the final product. This will ensure increase of family income by 25-30%.
Significant Participation of Indigenous Peoples
N/A
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Indicators
Biophysical
Number of globally significant species protected by project 3
Empowerment
Number of women participated / involved in SGP project 65
Livehood
Number of households who have benefited* from SGP project 25

Partnership

Green Lane NGO, FUnd for Armenian Relief

Grantee Contact

Ms. Anahit Badalyan
Phone: +37455 75 25 94
Email: bwrcfound@gmail.com
 

Address

3 Levon Bek St.
Berd , Tavush , 4201

SGP Country office contact

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

Address

14 Adamyan St.
Yerevan, 0010

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