Success stories Reports
Organic Chain Development in the Southern Caucasus and Moldova (July 2005 - July 2009) financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Netherlands, implemented in Moldova by Avalon Foundation, The Netherlands and ProRuralInvest, MoldovaThe objective of the project is to support Organic chain development in the Southern Caucasus, and Moldova leading to higher standard of living in rural areas of the region and increased supply of organic products to the consumers through the development of Organic Agriculture.
The project consisted of the following main activities:
•Establish an International network for knowledge and skills
•Disseminate the existing general information materials on organic agriculture in the Republic of Moldova
•Conduct Awareness Campaigns
•Promote the Legal and Institutional Framework for Ecological Agriculture
•Encourage initial ecological farming development through exemplary piecemeal approaches
•Organize exchange of experience and compare notes to Moldavian organic farmers for selected farmers/organizations and consumers
•Establish information exchange tools and links between Moldavian Organic Farmers and Marketing structure
•Support the creation of demonstration organic  farms, groups or associations in Moldova
•Conduct marketing activities for organic products. 


Experience in the field of agriculture and agricultural education activities.Over 61% of the country’s population is concentrated in the rural area and agriculture is the main income raising activity. As a result of land privatization, more than one million people became landowners. The transfer of land parcels and value quotas into private hands has created the basis for private farming. But, new farmers had insufficient knowledge and experience in agriculture.Within the component, we worked on solving problems which farmers confronted with: lack of trust in own forces, insufficient information, limited access to qualitative inputs, lack of financial resources, marketing of the products. The success in this field of activity was achieved due to the use of high advanced technologies and efficient use of physical and human resources.Creation of 176 demonstration plots in the region of Donduseni, Comrat and Baimaclia was one of the models used by the ProRuralInvest with a view to proving training to farmers in using high advanced technologies and disseminating the information and creating marketing groups. The demonstration plots included most agricultural activities such as: ecological production, potato, pepper, tomato, medicinal and decorative plants, mushroom production; pig, rabbit production, poultry farming and beekeeping. These examples were accepted by the farmers.Another model was creation of production groups that enables farmers to buy qualitative inputs, reduce costs of production and produce the necessary quantity for sale. The Associations of beekeepers were created in Baimaclia and Donduseni as well as a branch of the Association of rabbit producers. Also, Business Cooperatives “Pention-Service Agro” from Baimaclia and “Donaprocom” from Dondu┼čeni were created with a view to supplying qualitative inputs to farmers and agricultural consultations.All these models were replicated in the communities that benefited of the assistance with the support of regional and local consultants, institutions and companies the project collaborated with. The farmers who were interested in creation and development of an agricultural business were provided both theoretical and practical consultations. During three years of activities, over 200 seminars were organized and 6900 persons attended them. Over 28000 consultations were provided.Also for the regional and local consultants, private business farmers we organized study visits in Ukraine, Poland, Romania, Russia which were oriented to upgrade the professional skills of the consultants in the sphere of information and consulting by means of sharing experience, establishing close contacts between participants, exchange of data bases, scholar models, methodical programs and to become familiar with the activities of small/medium-sized farmers, with methods and technologies applied in agronomy and livestock, with crediting terms and facilities, and the results achieved in the private sector.