The Cattle Breeding Project is implemented in several villages of Martuni, Martakert and Askeran Regions in Nagorno-Karabagh Republic. The project aims at improving the socio-economic conditions of 163 socially vulnerable families. The project is consisted of two components; a) Animal husbandry and b) Breed improvement
Within the animal husbandry component, 163 families in targeted villages received gravid heifers (one per family) to establish and run their own small scale farms.
The Armavir Regional Integrated Rural Development project is designed to improve the socio-economic conditions of 85 socially vulnerable families in a cluster of five Armenian villages, namely Dalarik, Hushakert, Lernagog, Karakert, and Miasnikian, Argina, all located in the Armavir marz. Animal husbandry development, dairy production, and rural youth development are the project’s primary outcomes. In the framework of the project, 17 families in each village were provided with gravid heifers (one per family) to establish and run small scale farms. Additionally, the farmers received theoretic and practical trainings on advanced farm and animal management, as well as technical assistance (vet medicine), which enables families to increase food production, improve their nutrition and ensure food diversity. After a three-year period, the original recipient families will pass on the gift of 85 gravid heifers of good quality to another 85 families in the same or other villages.
The Cattle Breeding Project is implemented in 4 Villages of the Martakert region of Nagorno-Karabagh Republic. This region of the newly independent Nagorno-Karabagh Republic was specifically selected for this project due to the harsh socio-economic conditions faced by the people who live in this region and its close position to the border with Azerbaijan. In the villages of Tchankatagh, Mokhratagh, Talish, Vardadzor a total of 58 resource poor families received gravid heifers to build their own household economies and overcome the socio-economic hardships after the devastating military conflict with Azerbaijan. The families received also training in cattle breeding and farm management. Another 58 families joined the project by receiving gravid heifers as pass-ons from their community members. As a result, a total of 116 families eventually benefited from the inputs and provided resources of the project. The project was funded by Heifer International and Armenia Fund USA.
The project was funded by Heifer International and Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst e.V. (EED) and the Church Development Service NGO from Germany. The project was implemented by a consortium of Armenian, Georgian and Azeri NGOs.