The "Rural Economic Development-New Economic" Opportunities program will build upon current and previous projects, initiatives and activities that the government of Armenia, the U.S. government and USAID, and other donor and non-governmental organizations are implementing to address the economic challenges in rural Armenia.
RED-NEO activities will promote inclusive, sustainable economic security and economic growth by supporting at least 100 businesses in at least 60 communities. The program will accelerate the growth of small- and medium-sized enterprises (including farms and cooperatives) in the regions; facilitate market linkages between producers and buyers; and establish networks to promote local economic development. It will foster the development of a competitive agriculture sector by improving the performance of rural businesses and cooperatives, and their ability to meet quality standards.
RED-NEO will be implemented by CARD with AM Partners Consulting, Armenian Women for Health and Healthy Environment NGO, and Hicks Burnham and Williams LLC.
Apr 23 2019
“Rural Economic Development-New Economic Opportunities” Project launch event
On April 22, 2019, USAID, the Center for Agribusiness & Rural Development (CARD), and partners marked the official launch of the new Rural Economic Development – New Economic Opportunities (RED-NEO) Program in Armenia. U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Lynne M. Tracy, and representative of the Armenian Government delivered opening remarks at the kick-off event. Ambassador Tracy stressed the importance of rural economic and agriculture sector development to ensure broad based economic growth and regional development in Armenia. The project’s Chief of Party Susanna Khachatryan presented the goals and objectives of the project, which are designed to boost rural economic development in Armenia through RED-NEO Program. The RED-NEO program will build upon current and previous project...
Jul 16 2019
Agricultural machinery demonstration/practical training
In the frames of the USAID funded "Rural Economic Development – New Economic Opportunities" program, agricultural machinery demonstration/ practical training was conducted on importance of land quality improvement and preservation through application of modern agricultural machinery. Participants familiarized with the uses and key advantages of the modern machinery and their systems. Special emphasis was paid on the safety procedures to be followed during the operation of farm machinery. A comparison was done between cultivation with plough and power harrow, their differences, advantages, effectiveness and efficiency. Disadvantages of a late season burn was highlighted by the expert. This kind of practices harm the soil and remove volatile nutrient matter from the...
Nov 12 2019
Integrated pest management, as a way to reduce the usage of pesticides
On November 7, 2019, “Integrated pest management, as a way to reduce the usage of pesticides” training took place in CARD Foundation office, organized by the “Armenian Women for Health and Healthy Environment” NGO, within the frames of “Rural economic development- and new opportunities” program. Gayane Avagyan was the speaker of the training․Among the participants were Farm Service Center representatives and beneficiary farmers. During the course, the main principles of IPM, its’ usage in agricultural crop cultivation technology and the use of PERSUAP-approved pesticides in IPM were discussed. The course ended with a question-answer discussion on the existing problems and possible solutions.