For Immediate Release
February 24, 2006
HOW ARMENIA FUND USA WILL TARGET POVERTY REDUCTION IN NAGORNO-KARABAKH
Establishment of Agricultural Development Associations throughout
Mardakert region in Nagorno-Karabakh will set the initial stage
of economic development.
NEW YORK, New York – Armenia Fund USA, East Coast Affiliate of
Hayastan Himnadram, is pleased to introduce an action plan on
how it will target poverty reduction by bringing about a stronger
economy in the rural villages of Nagorno- Karabakh. In the spring
of 2006, Armenia Fund USA (the Fund) will establish Agricultural
Development Associations in the Mardakert region of Karabakh (the
region that suffered most during the war in 1991).
Agricultural Development Associations (ADAs), the first stage
of the implementation of the Agricultural Initiative —
the economic underpinning of a larger regional development program,
Rebirth of Artsakh, will provide the necessary managerial
and coordinative body to administer this large-scale humanitarian
development project that will directly support Karabakh farmers
in their fight against poverty and hunger.
ADAs are a voluntary alliance formed to mutually benefit the
participating members in their agricultural production activities.
The ADAs are structured as independent corporations and are owned
by member farmers. The ADAs will establish facilities to own,
maintain and operate various types of basic farm equipment and
provide mechanized services to farmers to work the land at affordable
rates. Besides providing farmers with the access to tractors,
harvesters and other farm equipment, the Association will make
available veterinary supplies, fertilizers and other necessary
farm equipment. The farmers will also be trained in environmentally
friendly farm management and animal husbandry practices.
The Haterk Agricultural Development Association will be the first
one to open. It will be owned by a cluster of 300-500 subsistence
farmers serving 12 villages in the region. The Haterk Association
will be based on self-governance, self-financing and voluntarism.
The ADA will begin with wheat production, but will eventually
help Karabakh farmers expand their agricultural production of
field crops, vegetables, fruits and livestock. Members of the
ADA will have access to high-quality and up-to-date farm equipment
for land preparation, planting and harvesting at affordable rates.
More that this, various types of humanitarian and socio-economic
activities will be directed toward improving the living conditions
of Haterk ADA members.
Most importantly, the function of the Haterk ADA will provide
jobs for local people by creating a sizable production center
that can attract other companies to invest in food processing
and microfinance facilities. The same development model is planned
for implementation in three other regions of Nagorno Karabakh
– Mardakert, Madaghis and Vank.
After the secession of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh from the
Soviet Union, the privatization of land created a large number
of small family farmers, the majority of whom are only subsistence
farmers – they produce just enough to feed themselves relying
on inadequate farming resources and often with little access to
fertilizers and other agricultural necessities.
As a result Nagorno-Karabakh today imports a large quantity of
food spending more than 30% of the cash available to the population
the majority of whom live below the poverty line. The establishment
of the ADAs will not only help produce most of these products
locally, but will also open opportunities for exporting organically
grown produce, thus providing a major boost to both the agricultural
economy and the living standards of the Karabakh people.
ABOUT ARMENIA FUND USA: ARMENIA
FUND USA, founded in 1992, was the first of Hayastan All-Armenian
Fund’s 19 international affiliates and serves constituents
in all states east of the Mississippi. As a non-profit, non-governmental,
nonsectarian organization, the Fund represents all Armenian constituents.
Armenia Fund USA is the largest contributor among the 19 international affiliates – supporting strategic infrastructure projects in Armenia
and Karabakh, and having helped build 138 miles of roads, 100
miles of waterways, 36 schools, 3 electric transmission networks,
210 residential buildings and 15 healthcare institutions.
Armenia Fund USA’s Mission is the development of strategic
socio-economic infrastructure in Armenia and Karabakh, focusing
on major projects such as major highways, schools, drinking water
to communities and humanitarian programs in education, training
and medical facilities. The Fund has adopted a policy to go “Beyond
Bricks and Mortar” to provide sustainability for projects it sponsors.
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