Discussions in Syunik Region for curriculum development with dual-approach

In the framework of “Modernizing VET in Agriculture in Armenia” MAVETA project regional workshop-discussion was organized in Khot settlement of Syunik Region from 31st of January to  3rd of February, 2023 for the revision of the educational curricula of Junior Veterinarians, Milk and Dairy technologists and Farm manager professions.

Employers from the aforementioned sectors of the enlarged communities of Goris and Sisian, teachers from VET colleges, and representatives from other partner organizations attended the workshop.

The workshop was facilitated by Johannes Brunner who is a lecturer and adviser at the School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences of the Bern University of Applied Science.

The 10th workshop of the Program coordination platform for sustainable management of RA’s natural fodder areas: pastures and grasslands

On February 2, the 10th workshop of the Program coordination platform for sustainable management of RA’s natural fodder areas: pastures and grasslands was organized, which was attended by the representatives of the RA Ministry of Economy, RA Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure, RA Ministry of Environment, the regional administrations of Shirak, Syunik, Vayots Dzor, Lori, representatives of scientific institutions, local and international non-governmental organizations.

The workshop started with the welcoming speech of the RA Deputy Minister of Economy, Arman Khojoyan, who in his speech referred to the importance of sustainable pastures management and the role of the Ministry of Economy in the framework of the Program Coordination Platform for Sustainable Management of RA’s Natural Fodder Areas: pastures and grasslands.

“The possibility of using new pasture management models and mechanisms is currently being discussed together with the international partners,”-Arman Khojoyan said.

During the workshop, the representatives of the RA Ministry of Economy, the RA Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure, and the RA Ministry of Environment made a report on the topic “Works carried out in the direction of improving pastures”.

During the workshop, the results of the projects implemented in the direction of improving pastures were summarized and the new projects were presented.

 

 

 

 

Presentation of the project “Resilience and Economic Recovery of Border Communities in Armenia” at the Gegharkunik Regional Administration

On the 30th of January, Lilit Chitchyan, the head of the social protection program department of the UN World Food Program, Mary Sargsyan, the project manager at “World Vision Armenia” organization, and Vahe Hovhannisyan, the project manager at “Strategic Development Agency” NGO, presented the “Resilience and Economic Recovery of Border Communities in Armenia” Project’s purpose and principles at the RA Gegharkunik Regional Administration.

The above-mentioned project is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and implemented by the UN World Food Programme (UN WFP) in partnership with the World Vision Armenia (WVA), Child Development Foundation (CDF) and Strategic Development Agency (SDA). “Resilience and Economic Recovery of Border Communities in Armenia” Project aims to improve crisis resilience in the border settlements of Vardenis (Gegharkunik), Sisian (Syunik), and Jermuk (Vayots Dzor) communities by providing humanitarian and economic support.

In the Gegharkunik region, the Project covers 9 settlements of Vardenis community, which were affected by the military aggression unleashed by Azerbaijan in September 2022.

The project has two main components. The first component envisages the provision of social assistance to the conflict-affected families, and the second component covers the implementation of rehabilitation activities.

The first component of the project is to provide food assistance cards to vulnerable families in border settlements affected by the aggression. The kind of food assistance will be provided to 300 families. Currently, the registration phase of food-insecure households is being conducted.

Vahe Hovhannisyan, the project manager at the “Strategic Development Agency” NGO, presented the income-generating interventions to be implemented in the settlements of the Vardenis community, around 60 livestock farms will benefit from the project interventions.

Karen Sargsyan, the Governor of Gegharkunik Province welcomed the initiative and expressed readiness to provide the necessary support.

 

Regional discussions for curriculum development with dual-approach

In the framework of “Modernizing VET in Agriculture in Armenia” MAVETA project regional workshop-discussion was organized in Stepanavan, Lori Marz from 24 to 27 January, 2023 for the revision of the educational curricula of Junior Veterinarians, Milk and Dairy technologists and Farm manager professions.

The participants of the workshop were the lecturers of Stepanavan State Agricultural College, private sector representatives and other stakeholders active in the above mentioned fields.

The workshop was facilitated by Johannes Brunner who is a lecturer and adviser at the School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences of the Bern University of Applied Science.

 

 

Training course for farmers from Shirak and Gegharkunik marzes of RA

On January 24-26 of this year, within the framework of the “Livestock Development in Armenia: South-North 2” project implemented by the “Strategic Development Agency” NGO, training courses for farmers of Ashotsk, Amasia, and Azatan communities of Shirak Marz and farmers from Chambarak community of Gegharkunik Marz were held on the following topics “Maintaining of animal health and the advantages of artificial insemination” and “Improving the yield and nutritional quality of forage crops”.

During the trainings, the farmers were introduced to the measures of animal health protection, the advantages of artificial insemination used for breed characteristics’ improvement, and the basics of effective fodder production.

A detailed reference was made to the zoo-hygienic conditions of the cattle sheds, specifics of animal care, feeding, watering, preventive vaccinations, the necessity to fight against parasites, early detection and prevention of mastitis, as well as fodder production in the conditions of climate change.