Webinar: Cover crops for sustainable agriculture

Humphrey Fellowship Program, ICARE Foundation and VISTAA Expert Center NGO are pleased to announce the “Cover Crops for Sustainable Agriculture” online webinar. The webinar is going to provide information about environmentally friendly method of improving the soil health and fertility, by having interactive presentation and discussion with Cornell University (USA) faculty member.


  • Humphrey Fellowship Program

This webinar is organized by support of The Alumni Impact Award (AIA) of the Humphrey Fellowship Program granted to Mr. Artak Khachatryan (who is alumni of Cornell University, 2019-2020). The Humphrey Fellowship Program provides ten months of non-degree academic study and related professional experiences in the United States. The Program offers Fellows valuable opportunities for leadership development and professional engagement with Americans, American Universities and their counterparts from many nations. The Humphrey Program is a Fulbright exchange activity. Its primary funding is provided by the U.S. Congress through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.

Web page: https://www.humphreyfellowship.org/
Place: USA

Humphrey Fellowship Program is the main sponsor for organization of this webinar.

  • The International Center for Agribusiness Research and Education (ICARE) Foundation

ICARE Foundation is a research and education institution which aims to strategically contribute to the development of sustainable Agriculture in Armenia focusing on the environmental challenges and potential acts to overcome them.   Over the past 20 years, ICARE has contributed to evidence-based decision making in Armenia through implementing cutting-edge research and development activities.
ICARE’s has a vast experience in cooperating with leading international organizations and governmental bodies providing them with strategic policy making tools and application techniques.
Due to its multilayer activities, ICARE aims to contribute to the social, economic and environmental sustainability on national and regional levels thus positively affecting beneficiaries’ wellbeing.
Currently, ICARE is running a number of research and development projects including “Cross-Border Alliance for Climate-Smart and Green Agriculture in the Black Sea Basin (AGREEN)” project within ENI CBC, Black Sea Cross Border Cooperation.

Within the framework of AGREEN,  ICARE will be the partner organization for this webinar. ICARE will take care of the recruitment of participants and the local organization of the webinar.

Web page
: www.icare.am

Place: Yerevan, Armenia


 VISTAA is an Armenian organization established on the mixture of the best European business traditions and Armenian values. Established in 1996 with the initial purpose to strengthen the development of agricultural and environmental sectors of Armenia, VISTAA has grown to one of the longest serving business service providers specializing in different sectors of economy.

VISTAA employs the common values of economic development and successful leadership. They bring to the development of small business through relevant and constructive advice, valuable consultation and practical input. VISTAA offers a pool of experts with the best experience in the fields of VISTAA involvement in and out of the country, with the background in local, national and international projects.

VISTAA will be the partner organization for this webinar. VISTAA will take care of language interpretation of the webinar. 


In a cropping scheme, cover crops have the ability to offer many benefits. They can prevent soil and wind erosion, enhance the physical and biological properties of the soil, supply nutrients, suppress weeds, increase the availability of soil water, along with various other benefits, and interrupt pest cycles.

The webinar will present information about the benefits of cover crop application. The participants will learn about the benefits and various scheme of application of cover crops, the necessary technology for application.

The webinar will be conducted by Mr. Joseph Amsili, who is Extension Associate at Cornell University. He has extensive experience in research work related to application of cover crop and soil health. Mr. Amsili is coordinating the New York Soil Health initiative, which provides hands on training programs for farmers and extension specialists.

Who, When and How to Apply?

Date of the course:  March 22, 2021 at 17:00-20:00 (Armenian time: GMT+4)

Location: Zoom online platform (link will be provided)

Course fees: Free of charge

Training language: Simultaneous translation from English into Armenian and vice versa

The number of participants:  20 participants

Target audience: farmers, ag. specialists, students

Registration deadline: 15 March 2021

To apply for the webinar participation, you need to fill out registration form.

Eligible candidates will be notified via email until 20 of March, 2021. For more detailed information please contact:

Anna Hovhannisyan
AGREEN COP Coordinator, ICARE Foundation
E-mail: hovh.anna.isyan@gmail.com