Armenia has a population of 3.1 million, with 34 % of its people living below the poverty line. With no coastline, scarce natural resources, and a shortage of basic services, Armenia has struggled to build a more prosperous life for its people.
Oxfam has been working in Armenia since 1994, to improve the lives and livelihoods of poor people particularly those living in rural and isolated parts of the country.
A devastating earthquake in 1988, and the collapse of the Soviet Union three years later left the country in a fragile state – and conflict with neighboring Azerbaijan has pushed the country further in the grip of poverty. Corruption, social injustice and economic inequalities continue to affect the lives of the most vulnerable people living in borderline, poverty stricken areas.
Oxfam in Armenia
Our programs in Armenia support poor farmers in gaining access to markets and securing fair prices for their produce. Building on experience and local knowledge, we work with local partners to stimulate investments in pro poor rural economy. We also help to build trust in people’s ability to have a say on decisions affecting their lives.
Positive change at the community level is fostered through policy and advocacy work on the national level. Over the years we’ve branched out to find new ways to empower individuals, communities and organizations in Armenia to build a future free from the injustice of poverty.
Focus of our work
- Encouraging small-scale farmers, including women, to work together, form cooperatives and foster new trade opportunities.
- Supporting poor people to protect their right to quality healthcare services, and advocating for more state investments in primary health care.
- Strengthening farmers’ capacity to fight climate change.
- Supporting women to have their say at government level.
- Helping disaster prone communities to respond to natural disasters and climate shocks.