Welcome to EVN Report’s new monthly Magazine. In an effort to provide more in-depth reporting and analysis, each month a specific theme will be chosen to serve as an anchor around which we will publish articles and podcasts in Armenian and English.
For the September issue, the theme is Soil. Aside from presenting a comprehensive overview of Armenia’s agricultural sector, you can learn about the history of Armenian tomato varieties, the revival of a 6000-year legacy and heritage of viticulture, innovative farming initiatives in Tavush region and the role of farming and agriculture in Armenian traditions, music and folklore.
Armenia’s “tomato heritage” started in 1944, when plant breeder Anahit Ananyan cultivated the first Armenian tomato variety, which was named “Anahit 20” in her honor.
Armenians have worshipped the soil since antiquity. Farming was once the main occupation of the people; the soil and working the land were the symbols of the continuity of life and fertility.
From foraging in the lush forests to reviving Western Armenian recipes, to planting and harvesting kiwis, to experimenting and developing products made from honey, Tavush is becoming a hub of social enterprise and innovation.
The revival of Armenia’s viticulture heritage and indigenous grape varieties is an investment that has already begun to pay dividends. The past ten years are considered the renaissance of winemaking in Armenia. It is a return to 6,100 years of history.
From animal husbandry to crop varieties to land fragmentation resulting from the abolition of Soviet collectivized farms following independence, an overview of Armenia’s agricultural sector.