“ I used to dream of a student camp when I was studying at the National Agrarian University of Armenia. I could have never imagined at that time that I would become the one to implement that idea”
Lusine Tadevosyan, COP, AGRI CAMP Program
The AgriCamp Practical Learning Center is one of the four cornerstones of the AGRI CAMP Program. Few people know that this very component of the Program caught the attention of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which laid to the expansion of the Program. The Learning Center was established by the International Center for Agribusiness Research and Education (ICARE) Foundation in collaboration with the National Agrarian University of Armenia (ANAU) within the framework of the USAID-funded AGRI CAMP Program. Arthur Grigoryan, the Director of the ICARE Foundation, Vardan Urutyan, the Rector of the ANAU, and Lusine Tadosyan, the COP of the Program contributed to the development of the Program proposal.
“The AgriCamp Practical Learning Center is a wonderful and important addition to the development of agriculture in Armenia. It will enrich agriculture- and agribusiness-related professional knowledge and skills of the Armenian National Agrarian University students, graduates, as well as young professionals,” said John Allelo, USAID/Armenia Mission Director at the AgriCamp Opening Ceremony on October 12 th , 2021.
In his welcoming speech, the ANAU Rector Vardan Urutyan emphasized that new teaching methods and topics on innovative agriculture will be introduced in the Center. “The AgriCamp will promote the innovative agriculture training and learning and will host summer schools, events, short trainings and offer platform for various meetings to provide knowledge and skills in innovative agriculture practices. At AgriCamp, a special attention will be paid to eco-education, food security, circular economy, and waste management. In other words, young professionals trained at the Center will be armed with innovative knowledge and approaches, and will be able to contribute to the development of their respective communities, marzes and the whole country,”- he said.
Arthur Grigoryan, the Director of the ICARE Foundation, noted: “This training center would be a great leading example for the development of the country’s agriculture. We hope to establish a similar one in the nearest future.”
“I used to dream of a student camp when I was studying at the National Agrarian University of Armenia. I could have never imagined at that time that I would become the one to implement that idea,” – the opening ceremony started with these emotional words by Lusine Tadevosyan, the COP of the AGRI CAMP Program.
Who knows how dreams come true? Would the wish of a young student have come true if she hadn’t followed her dream with perseverance, determination and dedication? Perhaps it was thanks to these very qualities that on the way to fulfilling her wish, Lusine met the right people with whom the AGRI CAMP Program proposal was developed and funded, and she became a leader of a “dream team,” where each and every member did his/her best to create the AgriCamp.