Within this objective, the Program will address the economic gender gap by increasing access to innovative solutions and technology for women in the agricultural sector to raise productivity and promote inclusive rural economic development in Armenia. It will support the invention, adaptation, and dissemination of new context-relevant technologies to increase growth in agricultural productivity with a focus on female entrepreneurs and employees.
Capacity building of female farmers and agripreneurs: Drawing from the program-organized needs assessment for new and innovative solutions in agriculture, the Program will develop several training modules to raise productivity and enhance women’s access to agricultural innovations. These modules will be used to train women agripreneurs, female farmers, local government representatives throughout Armenia to better evaluate opportunities for innovation, successfully adopt new farm practices and technologies as well as ensure high quantity and quality yield.
Organization of “Agrithons” for generating and scaling-up innovative products and services: The Program will organize “Agrithons” – a contest/platform bringing together diverse specialists, including but not limited to agriculture specialists, female rural entrepreneurs, software developers, engineers, and other relevant partners together to further pursue productivity and other demand-driven solutions in agriculture. “Agrithons” will help participants improve their understanding of innovative solutions, promote networking and collaboration, and generate ideas for new product and service solutions for women agripreneurs. This contest/platform will allow the teams with a focus on women-owned companies and women led technical teams from all over Armenia to participate in a creative and stimulating atmosphere and to work on finalizing their ideas/products/services guided by experienced mentors and experts. During the final Event, the most innovative, creative, impactful and sustainable products/services will receive funding from the Program to support their development and promotion.
Promoting engagement of students in research and development: The Program will promote the engagement of female students in agricultural research and development activities by providing incentives, professional guidance and small research grants to ANAU students. With advisory from ANAU faculty, the students will conduct their researches at the facilities of AgriHUB, ANAU demonstration greenhouse, as well as other infrastructural facilities of ICARE and ANAU.
Establishing and developing AgriHUB platform: The AgriHUB is a creative platform/workshop for nurturing, incubating and accelerating successful and effective agricultural and agro-technology ideas, prototypes, products and services. AgriHUB will serve to unleash the innovative potential of students, young professionals and agricultural entrepreneurs in Armenia. It will also serve as a center for practical training and inclusive learning for youth coming from all around Armenia who are eager to learn and experiment with up-to-date agricultural technologies, as well as create cross-sector synergies among agribusiness, high tech, tourism, education, wellness and healthcare, etc. It will help to foster women’s engagement and leadership in agri-research, innovation and entrepreneurship. AgriHUB will be located in the facilities and the surrounding agricultural plot owned by ICARE in Proshyan community, which is near Yerevan.