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USAID Head Samantha Power Cooks Traditional Zhengyalov Hatz with Artsakh Women in Yerevan


USAID Head Samantha Power Cooks Traditional Zhengyalov Hatz with Artsakh Women in Yerevan

On July 9, Samantha Power, the head of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), took part in a unique and heartwarming event in Yerevan. Power visited the "Taste of Artsakh" food facility, where she learned to bake the traditional Artsakh dish, zhengyalov hatz, with women from Nagorno-Karabakh.

USAID Head Samantha Power Cooks Traditional Zhengyalov Hatz with Artsakh Women in Yerevan

The "Taste of Artsakh" facility relocated from Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia after the 44-day war in 2020, receiving support from USAID to continue its operations. The facility, now based in Yerevan for almost three years, employs over ten people, most of whom are forcibly displaced from Nagorno-Karabakh.

USAID Head Samantha Power Cooks Traditional Zhengyalov Hatz with Artsakh Women in Yerevan

During her visit, Power was introduced to the recipe for zhengyalov hatz, a traditional flatbread stuffed with finely chopped greens and herbs. She then had the opportunity to cook the dish herself, engaging directly with the local women who have kept this culinary tradition alive despite the challenges they face.

USAID Head Samantha Power Cooks Traditional Zhengyalov Hatz with Artsakh Women in Yerevan

Following the cooking session, Power spoke with the displaced women, hearing their stories and learning more about their experiences and resilience. The founder and director of "Taste of Artsakh," Mihran Baghdasaryan, expressed his gratitude for Power's visit, highlighting the significance of USAID's support for their facility. "Our products are the traditional Artsakh zhengyalov hatz. We currently offer about 12 varieties," Baghdasaryan shared, emphasizing the honor of hosting the head of USAID.


Additionally, USAID has been a long-time supporter of Armenia's development, particularly in the high-tech sector. For over two decades, the agency has worked in partnership with American companies and the Armenian government to foster economic growth and technological advancement. During her trip, Power also met with representatives from "Synopsys" and "National Instruments" to discuss their collaboration with USAID on establishing a "Center of Excellence" in Armenia. 


In a statement, USAID reaffirmed its commitment to Armenia's economic and digital security through ongoing investments in high-tech development. "We are dedicated to contributing to Armenia's economic and digital security through continued investment in high-tech development," the agency stated.


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