“Modernizing Vocational Education and Training in Agriculture in Armenia” (MAVETA)

The large-scale project “Modernizing Vocational Education and Training in Agriculture in Armenia” (MAVETA) project with the aim to contribute to higher productivity in agriculture, increased income and enhanced (self)-employment in agricultural and related fields through improved knowledge and skills of male and female farmers has commenced in December 2021.

The Project will boost the establishment of work-based learning system in Armenia which assumes that along with receiving theoretical knowledge at vocational education collages, the students will get an opportunity to improve their skills in local companies and farms one of which is the largest private company of the nuts/almond production sector in Armenia – the Vanand CJSC.

The Project is implemented by Strategic Development Agency (SDA) NGO in partnership with the organization Swiss Church Aid (HEKS/EPER), the School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences of the Bern University of Applied Sciences (HAFL)  and the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) being financed by the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) and with a range of other funding partners including German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the Armenian Izmirlian Foundation as well as HEKS/EPER and SDA NGO.

With a preparatory phase of 9 months, the main phase of implementation will last for 8 years being executed in the Southern Syunik, Vayots Dzor and two other Northern regions of Armenia.

“Living Landscapes for Market Development in Armenia” project

The “Living Landscapes for Market Development in Armenia” project was launched on April 15, 2021.

The project is a part of a larger regional program Eco-Corridor Fund for the Caucasus (ECF), funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the KfW Development Bank. In Armenia, the project is financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, and implemented by the WWF Caucasus in Armenia (WWF-Armenia) in partnership with Strategic Development Agency NGO.

The project aims to improve the incomes of farmers and rural businesses in remote areas and livelihoods of the rural population thanks to better economic and more sustainable use and management of local natural resources (development and use of non-wood products, berries, edible plants, and herbs collection, processing, and production, livestock, tourism, etc.). As an effort to link economic growth and the protection of natural resources and biodiversity, it also contributes to design socially sensitive environments and climate-related policies.

The project will be implemented in the Tavush, Lori, Syunik, and Vayots Dzor marzes of Armenia.

“Introducing pasture and grassland maps for sustainable pasture and grasslands management practices in Lori and Shirak marzes of Armenia”

The pilot project “Introducing pasture and grassland maps for sustainable pasture and grasslands management practices in Lori and Shirak marzes of Armenia” was launched on January 1, 2021. The project is financed by the GIZ ECOSERVE Project, with co-financing from the “Livestock Development in the South of Armenia” project implemented by “Strategic Development Agency ” NGO with financial support of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

The project will test the developed digital maps in the pasture management of the target Amasia and Gyulagarak communities selected from the Shirak and Lori regions of RA, to improve sustainable governance practices for developing capabilities and opportunities in governance.

The aim of the pilot project is to develop an institutional framework for the use of digital maps based on the needs and requirements of communities. Which will be the basis for the usage of the maps, available to the Ministry of Economy and  the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure in all communities of the Republic of Armenia.

SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND INTERMEDIATION DEVELOPMENT

The “Skills, knowledge and intermediation development” pilot project is implemented by Strategic Development Agency (SDA) NGO with the support of HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation-cooperating partner to SIDA.

The pilot project supports unemployed women and youth as well as other disadvantaged and excluded groups to improve their (self)employability (income-generating and job opportunities) through enhanced capacities of public and private skills and knowledge providers and employers and incentives to collaborate, develop and offer improved and relevant formal & non-formal training in tourism/hospitality and agriculture/agribusiness sectors. The pilot project has two main objectives: (i) a skilling enhancing objective seeks to achieve improved performance of training provision for relevant and future-oriented training system, (ii) an employment or income-generation access objective seeks to facilitate development of operational structures and services that enable matching of skills and employment or income-generating opportunities by a range of stakeholders.

Being implemented through application of Market System Development (MSD) approach the pilot aims to improve the partnership between employers, VET colleges, non-formal training/career orientation service providers and job seekers (especially young people and women). The cooperation between the various market players and effectively functioning skills development system in general will help to reduce unemployment and create more and diverse opportunities for unemployed youth and women.

“Promoting partnerships for effective work-based learning opportunities in VET”

“Strategic Development Agency” (SDA) NGO implements EU funded project on piloting the work-based learning model in agricultural vocational education and training (VET) in Syunik and Lori marzes of Armenia.

The project supports Goris and Stepanavan State Agricultural Colleges in strengthening the partnership with private sector by adopting work-based learning (WBL) in Veterinarian and Milk Technologist professions.

The project contributes to the establishment of a sustainable system of vocational education, which is tightly linked to the demand of the labour market. It also creates a replicable model and the respective competency for implementing work-based learning education in other VET institutions of Armenia.

The project’s focus is on developing the capacities of selected VET colleges (Goris and Stepanavan State Agricultural Colleges) and companies/employers in Syunik and Lori marzes through their involvement in the selected professions curricula revision and capacity development trainings to ensure the provision of a comprehensive work-based learning model in professional education.