Young Agriculturists Network Of Armenia (YANOA)

Project ID# 27-0221-11

The poverty reduction includes not only increase of the material resources of the poor, but also a substantial increase of their opportunities to benefit from the basic social services and welfare, as well as to participate in social and economic life of the country. In addition, the existence of high quality human capital is the major precondition for the modern economic development, and without it in the long-term perspective it is impossible to ensure a sustainable economic growth. Thus, it is absolutely necessary to equip young people with adequate knowledge and skills that will allow them to feel and henceforth behave as dignified and skillful citizens of a young democracy country. And this must be done starting the school years when the individual can yet be built as a personality, so that entering the adulthood will be a natural process of growth, not a physical and mental shock. Therefore, education, enhanced with experiential learning, is a basic condition for overcoming poverty and hunger in Armenia.

By building on the existing capacity of YES! Clubs in Armenia, the YANOA (Young Agriculturists’ Network Of Armenia) project will provide school age children in 22 rural youth clubs in the Armavir, Ararat, Lori, Kotayk, Shirak, VayotsDzor, Gegharkunik and TavushMarzes (regions) of Armenia extracurricular vocational training in seven directions: Animal Husbandry, Business Development & Management, Ecology, Health Education, Civic Education, Public Relations & Journalism, and Logical thinking. Within the framework of the project the youth club new members will receive agricultural inputs to develop vermiculture and biohumus production, raising heifers, and fruit tree cultivation. Overall, the project will provide the following material investments: 110 female calves; 500,000 Californian worms; 1,200 fruit tree seedlings; 44 kg of decorative tree seedlings; seed grants at overall 22,000 USD for business revolving fund. All club members will receive training in life skills in additional to specific technical skills in farming, horticulture, vermiculture and business development. Additionally, the club members receiving training on business development will be granted a seed sum to exercise acquired entrepreneurial skills and practice small business as individual and/or group projects, such as cultivation of room flowers in the vessels, catering, handcrafts etc. Moreover, the children will participate in several exchange visits between youth clubs, which will give children the chance to share knowledge and experience, and participate in team activities. The project activities will continue to contribute to current networking events, annual Youth Forums, and joint projects among the twenty communities. In this way, the rural youth clubs will enhance the children’s participatory roles in their communities by giving them the skills to propose innovative solutions to local problems, and help them to become active citizens of the young democratic country. Overall, it is planned to reach at least 4000 rural families having youth aged 10-16, as original and POG recipients.