The Armenian Technology Group (ATG) was formed in 1989 to assist the Armenian people to become self-sufficient in food production. With the collapse of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991, ATG’s agenda became all the more urgent. The newly independent Armenian Republic was left with little more than hope for a future of its own making. Landlocked and suffering from an economic blockade imposed by Azerbaijan and Turkey, Armenia was deprived of easy access to global markets. The country’s agricultural sector was particularly vulnerable.
ATG has provided help where it was most needed to help growers provide to their families. ATG advisors have focused on generating and supplying seed and fertilizers while assisting in seedbed preparation techniques, land leveling, and harvest equipment. The organization measures success in terms of increased food production and distribution by private farmers.
ATG’s work has revolved around farm development: a) the seed multiplication program, which aims to make high-quality seeds available to Armenian grain farmers, where the agronomists in Armenia have spent the last few years developing seed varieties that will yield the highest possible output with the least amount of agricultural inputs and expense allowing Armenian farmers to reap significantly larger crops; b) establishing phylloxera resistance grape nursery rootstocks; and c) addressing animal health/public health by supplying the Armenian veterinary community with much-needed vaccination and empowering the regions with portable veterinary diagnostic laboratories