Rise Armenia is a competence center established at the International Center for Agribusiness Research and Education (ICARE) promoting the idea of sustainable agricultural production and providing the infrastructure for modern agricultural research to enhance professional qualification.
RISE Armenia has been established in the scope of the project entitled “Sustainability of Agricultural Production in Armenia – analysis of the current situation and improvements through farm advice and facilitation of policy action to adapt framework conditions using the RISE (Response Inducing Sustainability Evaluation) model”. The Research Project has been financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation in the scope of the Joint Research Projects under the "Scientific Cooperation between Eastern Europe and Switzerland (SCOPES 2005-2008)" Program and co-financed by the Swiss College of Agriculture and the International Center for Agribusiness Research and Education.
The research project aimed at introducing the RISE evaluation tool into Armenian agriculture as a sustainability assessment and management tool for farmers and decision makers to help overcome the difficulties Armenia faces due to the transition period. RISE can fulfill the necessary requirements through a unique combination of research, extension and education. Overall goal of the project was to improve the sustainability of agricultural production in Armenia by identifying potentials (strengths) and weaknesses (bottlenecks) of the sustainability of agricultural production in Armenia through extensive RISE assessments, and improving the situation through direct advice at farm level and by providing a sound basis for decision-making towards framework conditions fostering sustainable production in Armenian agriculture.
The introduction of RISE to Armenia aims at substantially contributing to a sustainable production of agricultural goods in Armenia covering economic, ecologic and social aspects. The RISE methodology was customized to Armenian conditions and tested on different (typical) farm types. Large-scale RISE assessments have been conducted (over 200 farmers were interviewed in 4 regions of Armenia) which provide insight into possible adaptations of the framework conditions to accelerate and improve the transition period putting an emphasis on sustainable use of natural resources (Energy, Water, Soil, Biodiversity), management of Emission Potential, Plant Protection, and Waste; Economic Stability and Efficiency, the effect on the Local Economy, as well as the Social Security and Working Conditions.
The international network provided by the RISE platform will further strengthen the competitiveness of the scientists, the ICARE and its partners as well as the Armenian agriculture in general.