In the framework of the Sisian Rural Self-Reliance Development Program, implemented by Accion Contra el Hambre (ACF-E), BSC carried out a baseline survey, which served as a basis for the implementation of a new project aimed at poverty reduction of rural households in the Sisian region. Participation in this project has been valuable for BSC, as the company strives to carry out activities that contribute to community development and solving of economic problems. The baseline survey recorded current demographic, economic, and the social aspects of 23 rural communities regarding poverty reduction, socio-economic security for poor rural households, dairy sector linkages development in the Sisian region, natural resources management, such as irrigation water, land (pastures, communal and private), and fodder.
The study assessed the economic state of rural households based on local criteria for economic security and sustainable livelihood, and reviewed job creation opportunities in dairy and agro production sub-sectors. The survey area included 20 target communities distributed in four valleys of the Sisian region, as well as three non-target communities. The survey concentrated on obtaining quantitative and qualitative information per household regarding their structure, incomes, expenses, dairy and agro production and sales volumes, assets, and usage rate of the sub-sector’s services.
The three non-target communities were studied in order to properly asses the selected 20 target communities, so that selection of communities was as justified as possible.
Through this study BSC, managed to objectively assess the economic state of households, which served as a basis for the development of a new ACH strategy and operations plan, aimed at developing links between households and dairy producers, and improving the dairy production sector in the region. The research was carried out over three years, which provided an opportunity to effectively assess development tendencies of households and to make comparative analyses.
BSC is proud of its input in the implementation of the project, as it contributed to the improvement of social conditions in poor households, the reduction of the poverty rate in the region, and an increase in income and living standards of the households.