Project 125/2012 - Innovative network of initiative, cooperative and agricultural consulting development, Moldova, 2012

The Project was co-financed by the Polish development cooperation programme 2012 of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.
Foundation East project implemented jointly with the Prince  Ostrogski Foundation.

Total budget for the project:                 398.675,46 EUR
Total grant:                                         250.516,95 EUR
Total contribution to their own partner:  148.158,51 EUR
(and grants from other sources)

Program overall objective: Poverty reduction in rural areas of Moldova
Program aim: Innovative forms of job creation & consultancy service in agricultural sector
The East Foundation in close cooperation with Prince Ostrogski Foundation successfully implemented rural development program in Moldova financially supported by MFA/Poland with contribution from CoS. The program was composed from 16 model forms of agricultural activities implemented in 13 villages in 11 regions of Moldova.

Originally planned project results were achieved:
• 7 model, innovative, high income farms were created
• 9 local agro service initiatives were implemented
• the network of local agricultural advisors & experts was strengthen (21 local consultants & agricultural experts trained)

In frames of the program following local projects were successfully implemented:
• Orchard development & provision of specialised machinery service (village Boscana, region Criuleni)

• Experimental strawberry plant in Şoldăneşti (for longer term of fructification period, "St. Andreas" and "Elsenta" types)

• Innovative pedigree meat caws farm (Limousine blood) in Brăviceni region Orhei

• Cultivation and mushrooms processing (Hiratake mushroom/Pleurotus ostreatus) in Logăneşti village, region Hînceşti

• Growing plants in specialised green houses (village Slobozia-Duşca, region Criuleni)

• Model green house for vegetables (village Bîrlădeni, region Ocniţa)

• Growing of high income vegetables in green houses (village Zaim, region Căuşeni)

• Cooler endowment for ecological food producers (village Carahasani region Stefan Voda)

• Construction of cooler and deep freezer for village meat processing plant (village Brăviceni region Orhei)

• Washing & sorter plant for group of producers of vegetables & fruits (village Gura Bicului, region Anenii Noi)

• Construction of cooler for vegetables & fruits (village Mitoc region Orhei)

• Browse & fodder production for animals (village Brăviceni region Orhei)

• Production of animal food and pellets (village Scumpia, region Falesti)

• Agricultural machinery service cooperative (village Ratus region Telenesti)

• Milk collection & processing service (village Vatici, region Orhei)

• Plants cultivation in green houses (village Bursuc, region Nisporeni)

Selected projects were visited by ambassador of Poland and Ministry of Foreign Affairs staff (field visit in October 2012), also by Minister of Agriculture (Moldova), presented in local mass media (TV, radio and press).

For transfer of knowledge, best practice & know-how exchange 5 study visits were organised to Polish leading rural service providers, farms, agriculture institutions & experts. On top of that the practical workshop was organized on October 18-19.2012 in Ratus village (region Telenesti) for 21 local consultants and agricultural experts. In addition on request of CALM (national organization for local authorities) 37 local mayors (from Development Region Centre) were also invited for the first day presentations. Workshop was supported by local and international trainers & experts from EU, UNDP, Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Poland, Polish Embassy, Ministry of Agriculture/Moldova, National Agency for Rural Development and the East Foundation. Participants were also invited to visit five projects implemented in local area (villages: Ratus, Brăviceni, Vatici and Mitoc).

Summary of program results & key indicators:
• Increased consultancy network in rural areas: trained 21 agricultural consultants & experts for National Agency for Rural Development (ACSA) in Moldova.
• Specialized knowledge & end best practice experience shared in 5 study visits to Poland (for 10 participants) and in practical workshop in Moldova (for 58 participants).
• Functioning 7 high income innovative model farms in villages: Boscana, Şoldăneşti, Brăviceni, Logăneşti, Slobozia-Duşca, Bîrlădeni i Zaim
• Working 9 local agricultural service centers in villages: Carahasani, Mitoc, Braviceni, Gura Bicului, Scumpia, Ratus, Vatici, Bursuc
• Created 86 jobs (including 31 seasonal), consolidated annual income of implemented projects was over 270.000 Euro