Using RISE

Would you like to use RISE on agricultural holdings? RISE is available to anyone interested who works in agriculture, education, extension or research. Here you can find out everything you need to know.

Service offers: Licences and training

The use of RISE is subject to a licence fee. Students without a source of funding for their work may be provided with RISE free of charge.

To ensure quality application, prospective RISE users usually take part in a training course offered by BFH-HAFL or a partner recognised by RISE.

Licences

The RISE method provides you with a supportive tool for your work as an advisor. You can use it to analyse the sustainability of agricultural holdings and assist farm managers in adapting their operational strategy accordingly. 
 
If you opt for a RISE licence, you will receive all the necessary working materials as well as access to the software that enables you to carry out professional consultancy work. To ensure quality of application, RISE training is required; this is conducted online or on-site, as per your preference. You can find out more about the training courses at the bottom of this page under «RISE training courses».

Licence prices for consulting

* Prices in Swiss francs (CHF) are inclusive of 7.7% VAT. Prices in Euro (€) or USD are exempt of Swiss VAT pursuant to Article 23 of the Federal Act on Value Added Tax (VATA).

Individual user account, per year                       CHF 740 / € 660 / USD 745 *
2 user accounts, per year   CHF 1240 / € 1105 / USD 1248 *
3 user accounts, per year   CHF 1615 / € 1440 / USD 1625 *
Each additional account, per year   + CHF 250 / € 225 / USD 252 *
Additional support, per hour    CHF 125 / € 110 / USD 125 *

Ordering a consulting licence

Have you attended the training and would like to order a RISE licence? Then please fill in the «Licence for Consulting» form.

For pupils, students and future farmers it can be challenging to understand what sustainability in farming means and how it can be measured. With RISE, you as a teacher have a method at hand that allows you to make sustainability in agriculture tangible for your learners. Together with your class, you can conduct RISE surveys on real farms. This makes for an exciting multiple-day practical lesson unit based on a real-life example. 
 
To ensure quality of application, RISE training is required; this is conducted online or on-site, as per your preference. In the training for teachers, you will learn how to apply the method and how to use it in the classroom. You can find out more about the training at the bottom of this page under «RISE training courses». 
 
Please also consult the CAAST platform established at BFH. The Community for Applied Agricultural Sustainability Teaching connects teachers at agricultural faculties and empowers them to train students in the implementation of sustainable agriculture.

Licence prices for schools and teachers

* Prices in Swiss francs (CHF) are inclusive of 7.7% VAT. Prices in Euro (€) or USD are exempt of Swiss VAT pursuant to Article 23 of the Federal Act on Value Added Tax (VATA).

11 licence package, per year (e.g. one teacher
with one class of 30 students = 31 user licences)

  CHF 970 / € 865 / USD 978 *
2 licence packages (62 user licences), per year   CHF 1620 / € 1445 / USD 1633 *
3 licence packages (93 user licences), per year   CHF 2195 / € 1955 / USD 2213 *
from 4 licence packages, each additional (+31 user licences each), per year                     + CHF 330 / € 295 / USD 333 *
Each additional user licence, per year   + CHF 35 / € 31 / USD 35 *
Additional support, per hour   CHF 125 / € 120 / USD 125 *

Ordering a licence for schools and teachers

Have you attended the training and would like to order or renew a RISE licence? Then please fill in the «Licence for Schools and Teachers» form.

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Students in conversation with a farm manager. Photo: Bern 2020, V. Zbinden

Since 1999, student work has been conducted using RISE, either for farm assessments or, for example, with a view to further developing the method’s indicators and application. 
 
Where a bachelor, master or PhD thesis is completed as part of a research or consultancy project (with a project budget), the normal fees for a single-user licence apply (CHF 740 incl. VAT / € 660 or USD 745 excl. VAT). Read more here:  Research price list
 
Where a bachelor, master or PhD thesis is completed without funding, we can provide RISE free of charge, following verification. However, this also means that we can only provide minimal support. Additional support is charged at CHF 125 incl. VAT / € 120 or USD 125 excl. VAT per hour. 
 
We will arrange a meeting with you and possibly your supervisor in order to clarify all administrative and technical questions, including whether you will need to attend a training course. 

We ask you to send us a copy of the thesis upon completion; we can treat the work as confidential if you so wish. Provided we have your consent, we would be pleased to present the work to the public on our website. Please also tell us the name of your university and department and your supervisor. This will allow us to better understand your context and offer you optimal support. 

It is not easy to make the sustainability of agricultural holdings quantifiable. With RISE you have a method that can quantify sustainability by means of indicators. The software provides you with various functions to collect and evaluate your data. You can carry out individual farm-level evaluations, but also group evaluations. RISE can take on various supporting functions in your research study. We would be pleased to outline these functionalities for you in a personal meeting. Please use the contact form to get in touch with us.
 
If you decide to obtain a RISE licence, you will receive all the necessary working materials as well as unlimited access to the software, which enables you to conduct scientifically sound surveys. 
 
To ensure quality of application, RISE training is required; this is conducted online or on-site, as per your preference. You can find out more about the training at the bottom of this page under «RISE training courses».

Licence prices research purposes

* Prices in Swiss francs (CHF) are inclusive of 7.7% VAT. Prices in Euro (€) or USD are exempt of Swiss VAT pursuant to Article 23 of the Federal Act on Value Added Tax (VATA).

Individual user account, per year                  CHF 740/€ 660/USD 745 *
2 user accounts, per year   CHF 1240/€ 1105/USD 1248 *
3 user accounts, per year   CHF 1615/€ 1440/USD 1625 *
Each additional account, per year   + CHF 250/€ 225/USD 252 *
Additional support, per hour   CHF 125/€ 110/USD 125 *

Ordering a research licence

If you decide to obtain a RISE licence, you will receive all the necessary working materials as well as unlimited access to the software, which enables you to conduct scientifically sound surveys. 

Have you attended the training and would like to order a RISE licence? Then please fill in the «Licence for Research» form. 

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Are you planning a research study or consultancy with RISE in a development context, but do not have funding options? Then get in touch with us by e-mail (rise.hafl@bfh.ch) or by using the contact form

Licence renewal

Do you already have or have you had a RISE licence and would like to renew or adapt it?

The licence agreement is limited in time and is not automatically renewed. One month before the licence agreement expires, the licensee will be contacted by BFH and invited to renew the licence. A current licence can be renewed using the «Licence Renewal» form.

Training

It is demanding to manage an agricultural holding in a sustainable manner. The training courses will provide you with the necessary knowledge and with RISE you will be given a method to develop farms sustainably together with the farmers and to give them comprehensive advice on this complex topic.
 
In small groups, you will learn to autonomously apply the RISE method and to assess and optimise the sustainability of agricultural holdings. Regular online or on-site training courses are held by HAFL or by competent external organisations. 
 
The participants get to know the working materials including the software, prepare for the interview and carry out a survey on a working farm of their choice. Together they evaluate the survey and prepare for the feedback meeting with the farm managers. In this way, the participants carry out a survey from start to finish and are assisted by the course instructors every step of the way. In order to obtain the status of «RISE consultant», following on from the training, two additional farms must be autonomously surveyed and advised using the RISE method. 

Online training 

  • Scope: Online training in 4 sessions (total of 8h). Independent work stages before and inbetween the training sessions (~20h). One assisted and two autonomous RISE surveys. Programme Online RISE Training Course

  • Price per person (for a group size of nine people): CHF 539 / € 480 / USD 526 * 

On-site training 

  • Scope: On-site training on 2 days (total of 8h). Independent work stages before and after the training days (~20h). One assisted and two autonomous RISE surveys 

  • Price per person on request

Upcoming training courses

Upcoming courses and training courses can be found here

Registration for/interest in training courses

Are you interested in a RISE training course but have not found a suitable offer? Then please complete the «Interest in training course» form. We will be pleased to provide you with a proposal for an individual training course.

* Prices are indicative and dependent on group size. Ask us for an individual offer. Prices in Swiss francs (CHF) are inclusive of 7.7% VAT. Services and fees in Euro (€) or USD are exempt of Swiss VAT pursuant to Article 23 of the Federal Act on Value Added Tax (VATA).

Get to know the RISE software with free trial access

Sign up for free access to the software. This will allow you to view a fictitious farm survey. After registering with the «Trial access» form, you will receive the login details and information on how to download the trial software.

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