Western Asia · Armenia
Working With Farmers as Equal Partners
As a woman who was raised in a traditional Armenian family in a small village, Nune (49) understood early on that inequalities existed between men and women. After working and traveling throughout different villages and regions in Armenia, she began to understand that these inequalities were systematic and widespread. Since then, Nune has been focused on raising the status of women.
In 2004, Nune was selected as the president of the Green Lane Agricultural Assistance NGO with over 500 members, 80% of which are women. Currently, she is an advisor of organic agriculture. She is the author of 25 academic articles, 37 popular scientific articles and 4 books, focusing on organic agriculture and the investigation of wild edible plants and herbs. She is also the creator of two types of vegetable beans and four types of peas.
Working to raise the status of women, she works in 10 regions in Armenia coordinating with other organizations. Through this work, she has provided consultancy and assistance in the creation and capacity building of more than 30 women’s groups.
During the last ten years, she has also implemented a number of grant projects for agricultural development. The latest project began on October 1, 2011 and will last until September 30, 2012. This project aims to promote women-owned businesses in Armenia through the establishment of a network of pre-existing women’s groups. This network contributes to the strengthening of a business friendly environment, provides technical and organizational assistance, organizes common branding and marketing initiatives, and expands networking and outreach opportunities.
Currently Nune provides more than 1200 farmers with consultancy. As a result of her intervention, the lives of over 900 women and youth have been significantly changed and the socio-economic status of their families and rural communities has improved.