The HEKS/EPER Programme in Armenia is part of the South Caucasus Regional Programme. The idea is to foster peaceful coexistence and improve living conditions in rural areas through income-generating activities and by strengthening civil society. To boost their crop yields and incomes, smallholders broaden their knowledge of agro-ecological farming and improve their access to agricultural inputs, micro-credits and outlets. Besides, to strengthen social cohesion between various ethnic and social groups, HEKS/EPER supports its partner organizations in building a network which, in collaboration with opinion leaders, media and civil society organizations, provides its members with unbiased information about politics, society and the current conflicts in the South Caucasus.
HEKS/EPER support in South Caucasus in 2020 enabled 6650 fruit and milk producers to increase their earnings despite Covid restrictions. Launched in 2020, the Social Innovation Platform reached 1.2 million Facebook users, 80,000 became actively engaged in various projects and, of 183 submissions, five social projects will be funded in 2021.