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Innovative Network of Initiative, Cooperative and Agricultural Consulting Development

To enhance economic development of rural regions in Moldova, it is important to focus on the development of individual entrepreneurship (particularly of model innovative, profitable family farms), cooperatives (particularly in agricultural services and the creation of the potential of future producer groups) and to support agricultural consultancy. All of these activities are among Moldova’s priorities within the National Regional Development Strategy. The relevant programmes are being prepared and coordinated by the Ministry of Regional Development with the support of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the United Nations Development Programme and other foreign aid organisations such as the European Union, the United States Agency for International Development, the German Corporation for International Cooperation GmbH (GIZ), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and ADA. Pilot programmes are accepted for implementation by newly established Regional Development Agencies in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture, among others.

In the years 2009 to 2011, the Prince Ostrogski Foundation and the East Foundation implemented six mutually complementary projects concerning agricultural development, all co-financed from the Polish Aid programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The three-year programme of support for farmers (small milk producers associated in three agricultural cooperatives) encompassed 16 villages and about 1,300 farm families (over 4,000 people), leading to nearly 100% higher revenues from milk sales and creating over 40 jobs in collection and processing centres and transport and agricultural services. The outcomes of these projects were extensively discussed at the national Forum on Rural Development in Moldova and presented and talked about on TV, the radio and in the local press.

Innovative Network of Initiative, Cooperative and Agricultural Consulting Development

For joint project implementation, a coalition of Polish non-governmental organisations was created with several years of practical experience working in Moldova. It consisted of the Prince Ostrogski Foundation, the East Foundation and the Podlaskie Narew Nature Station. The cooperation aims at maximising use of the possibilities of each project partner to obtain a synergy effect, enabling the best execution of the joint developmental project.

The partnership organisation in Moldova is the National Agency for Rural Development (ACSA), which since 1995 has been conducting broad training activities and supporting dozens of projects for rural development and promoting new technologies in agriculture and processing, and which has substantial experience in selecting potential local partners to implement developmental projects.

The project was addressed to seven farms (24 people) as well as to 34 people employed in nine newly created agricultural service points. Plans included the following:

  • creating seven innovative initiatives promoting high-yield forms of farming in rural regions of Moldova (involving rearing calves and growing strawberries and greenhouse vegetables);
  • creating nine local pilot centres for agricultural services to support existing agricultural cooperatives and emerging producer groups (dealing with construction of cold storage and sorting facilities, feed production, agricultural mechanisation services, milk collection and processing, manufacture of organic fertilisers, etc.).

The undertaken activities will support the development of an agricultural consulting system and expansion of the base of advisers/experts conducting independent agricultural activity.

Innovative Network of Initiative, Cooperative and Agricultural Consulting Development

Model farms in the villages of Carahasani, Scumpia, Mitoc, Gura Bicului, Bursuc, Braviceni and Ignatei are designed to foster small enterprise (as examples that are easy to follow), while the network of agricultural services (helping farmers) should create the potential for development of cooperatives and producer groups. At the same time, local project leaders will develop a network of experienced practitioners ready to convey acquired knowledge and experience to interested people who are seeking agricultural advice.