To develop and resettle Artsakh’s liberated lands, we need to go beyond the construction of schools, clinics, houses and other infrastructure. We need to provide the locals with opportunities to sustain a good living, and we also need to create conditions that will attract newcomers. Well-developed agriculture has the potential to do both.
Artsakh is rich with fertile lands - ideal for the cultivation of a vast range of crops. Liberated Kashatagh is no exception. This strategic region, which connects Artsakh to Armenia, has abundant agricultural resources that can not only provide livelihoods and employment opportunities for the locals, but also create a strong foundation for Artsakh’s further economic growth.
We started our first economic development project in 2004, by planting a pomegranate orchard near the Arajamugh village. The orchard was expanded with 2 more hectares in 2016, and, despite temporary difficulties related to severe weather conditions, currently offers employment opportunities to several villagers on a long-term basis. In 2013, we planted a second pomegranate orchard covering 7 hectares, this time in Yeritsvank. After some initial setbacks due to frost and hail, the orchard is now in its 5th year of development.
This year, we started our third orchard in Artsakh. In early March, we planted 2300 persimmon trees in the Van village of Kashatagh region. As with all our efforts in Artsakh, the agricultural works were entrusted to local villagers, giving them an opportunity to earn wages while working on their native lands.
Several months after the orchard was planted, we are already seeing some progress. The trees have taken root and are covered with leaves.
We hope that this new orchard will bring new life to Kashatagh, help improve its economic self-sufficiency and encourage more families to resettle in Artsakh.
2018 was a special year for the Tufenkian Foundation. A few months ago, we celebrated our 15th anniversary of resettling and developing Artsakh. And this week, we marked our 20th year of operations in Armenia.read More
Civil society stakeholders met on November 6 to discuss the key issues facing the mining sector in Armenia. The impacts of mining on the environment, communities, the Armenian economy, and other such factors were discussed during the roundtable held at the American University of Armenia (AUA).read More
Spring-Summer 2018 News Last month, we made another step towards our dream of a fully resettled Artsakh. We gave homes to three young families – families from different parts of the world, with different life stories, but one common dream: to tie their future to Artsakh.read More
Another story about a dream come true for one more family – this time the family of Mher Araqelyan, a wounded soldier who has served in the Artsakh Defense Army for more than 15 years. This family’s dream of a home in Artsakh became true due to the good will and generosity of over 100 individuals from all over the world, who responded to our fundraising call in the beginning of the year.read More