The Center for Agribusiness & Rural Development (CARD) is an Armenian foundation. It was founded in 2005 as the successor to U.S. government development projects in Armenia, first the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Farm Extension Project (1993-1996) and then the USDA’s award-winning Marketing Assistance Project (1996-2005). These projects assisted with the rebuilding of the Armenian agriculture sector after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Today CARD designs and implements agricultural development assistance programs that address the priority needs of the sector for sustainable growth. These include:
· Promoting and applying advanced agricultural technologies
· Supporting agricultural processing and the development of competitive food products for domestic and export markets
· Improving food security and increasing food safety at the production, processing, and consumer level
· Promoting animal genetics and improving animal health and husbandry practices
· Supporting the establishment of new government policies and regulations for the sector
Who We Are
The Center for Agribusiness & Rural Development is a ‘one-stop-shop’ economic development organization staffed with highly-trained experts and specialists who provide services to a broad client base throughout the country. CARD designs innovative, flexible, impact-driven programs that respond to pressing challenges facing Armenian producers, agribusinesses, and exporters. Each of its projects focuses on enhancing the agribusiness community and improving rural livelihoods.
To be a prime service provider in the region to advance sustainable agriculture and agribusinesses.
To assist farmers and agribusinesses in the production and marketing of food and related products to increase incomes and create jobs leading to sustainable livelihoods for rural populations.
CARD works from the farm gate to the marketplace, providing goods and services to farmer groups, rural agribusinesses, food processors, exporters, and retailers.
CARD offers a complete and integrated package of agricultural development services that are always farmer- and market-drive. Our assistance stimulates economic growth at the agribusiness level within rural communities.
CARD facilitates the growth of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) which results in significant comparative advantages throughout the marketing chain, and in so doing delivers the most complete set of agribusiness services to the agriculture sector in Armenia.
The CARD Doctrine
We believe our primary responsibility is to our staff, our customers, and our communities.
Our staff is treated with dignity and respect at all times. We work collegially, seeking out and building on ideas of our colleagues. We provide opportunities for professional growth and development.
CARD is consistently committed to providing our customers excellent and reliable service, always instituting best practices and appropriate innovative solutions with the highest ethical standards. We continually strive to reduce costs to control operational expenses yet provide for reasonable profit. We recognize our partners also need to make a fair profit and we always treat them with respect, fairness, and integrity.
Developing our communities is at the core of our work, improving the livelihoods of our fellow citizens while caring for the environment for future generations.
This Doctrine informs our work at all times and guides our actions to deliver the best possible goods and services.