Project 59/2014 - The development of rural entrepreneurship, cooperation and agricultural advisory system in Moldova

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The Project is co-financed by the Polish development cooperation programme 2014 of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.
Overall objective of the project is the development of entrepreneurship in rural areas in order to reduce poverty in rural Moldova.

Project Number 59/2014
Project title PL   Rozwój wiejskiej przedsiębiorczości, kooperacji i doradztwa rolniczego w Mołdawii
Project Title EN  The development of rural entrepreneurship, cooperation and agricultural advisory system in Moldova
Beneficiary country Moldova
Location
Corjeuţi village, district Briceni
Sipoteni village, district Calarasi
Mingier village, district Chincesti
Cosernita village, district Criuleni
Jora de Mijloc village, district Orhei
Mitoc village, district Orhei
Zorile village, Orhei district,
Sîngerei village, Sîngerei District
Egoreni village, district Soroca
Făgureni village, district Străşeni

Project's start date                 01.01.2014
Project's date of completion   31.12.2014
Project's contractor PL Projekt wspólny Fundacji im. księcia K. Ostrogskiego i Fundacji Wschód
Project's contractor EN The joint project of the Prince K. Ostrogski Foundation and the East Foundation
Organization type: non-governmental organization
Local partner PL Krajowa Agencja Rozwoju Regionów Wiejskich w Mołdawii (ACSA)
Local partner EN The National Agency for Rural Development in Moldova (ACSA)
Type of cooperation: partnership cooperation agreement

The grant amount PLN     1,279,012.00
Value of the project PLN   2,081,542.00

Context of the project
According to the UNDP report (Human Development Report 2013) Moldova is on 113 position directly behind Paraguay in the global HDI ranking and the lowest in Europe (compared with Belarus on 50, Ukraine on 78). With a GDP per capita calculated by purchasing power parity in the amount of approx. $ 2,975, Moldova is also by far the poorest country in Europe (compared with $ 13,191 Belarus, Ukraine 6,359 $). Moldovan economy is very dependent on the agricultural sector, which as the main area of the economy of Moldova gives approx. 60% of export earnings and employs directly more than 40%, and taking into account the population living from agriculture-related income well over 50% of the working population. According to the above-mentioned sources in rural regions of Moldova are found: the largest areas of poverty, the lowest wages, the largest emigration, the biggest threat in terms of wider social exclusion. The immediate effect of this situation is enormous economic emigration. Mass emigration from rural areas have very negative economic and social consequences of which are particularly important: the depopulation of rural areas and the loss of the most entrepreneurial citizens, broken families, lack of care for children and the elderly, abandoned farms. As the consequence there are financial repercussions: lower tax revenues and higher social spending, which significantly reduces development potential of Moldova. Accordingly, especially important for the development of rural regions in Moldova are activities aimed at the development of individual entrepreneurship, cooperatives, creating the potential for future production groups and agricultural advisory support.

Description of the project
Currently presented, a joint project is a continuation of projects 59/2013 and 125/2012 131/2013. The project is implemented in 10 villages in eight regions of Moldova Period: 1.01-31.12.2014 by the Prince K. Ostrogski Foundation and the East Foundation together with a local partner National Rural Regions Development Agency in Moldova (ACSA).

In the future, these efforts should result in not only an increase in the production of fruit and vegetables, but also support cooperation processes, the creation of agricultural producer groups. It will also be the next stage of building a network of agriculture advisors.

Overall objective of the project is the development of entrepreneurship in rural areas in order to reduce poverty in rural Moldova.
Immediate objectives of the project are:
• The implementation of innovative forms of farm management
• Development of local agricultural services
• The support of agricultural food producer groups
• Creating the farm advisory system in Moldova
Planned results of the project:
• Improving the economic and social situation of the beneficiaries.
• Increasing the competitiveness of animal breeds and cultivations of fruits and vegetables.
• Reduction of losses in food production.

The project seeks to achieve priorities: Priority 7 - Agriculture and rural development
Priority 9 - small and medium-sized enterprises and the creation of new jobs
and the Millennium Development Goal - GOAL 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

Results
Carried our Project activities, in which we plan to achieve the expected results:
Activity I. Study visits in Poland.
4 study visits were organized to 8 managers and project beneficiaries implementing the model farms, introducing innovative agricultural services, supporting various forms of agricultural cooperation and creating a network of agricultural advisory services.

Activity II. 7 model farms were equipped and provided with production material
Planned result is the creation of farms:
• Pedigree "milk and meat" cows
• Breeding beef calves
• Pedigree milk sheep (2 farms) and meat sheep (1 Farm)
• Pedigree rabbit breeding
• Cultivation of seedlings and vegetables seedlings in greenhouses
Putting objects for use occurs during 15.10-30.11. 2014.

Activity III. Creating and equipping the 3 local centers of agricultural services
There were created 2 refrigerators for storage of fruits and vegetables and potato processing plant. The planned completion of the investment will take place in mid-November 2014.

Activity IV. Support group food producers
Within the activity there was created a goats producers group. Young farmers have combined their efforts to joint construction of livestock buildings and subsequent breeding pedigree milk goats. Scheduled to end in mid-November 2014.

Activity V. Workshops consultancy in agricultural and rural entrepreneurship development.
Workshops will be conducted in mid-November 2014. . Participants will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in the implementation of innovative forms of conducting high-yield farms, creating centers of agricultural services and agricultural producer groups.