InfOrganic

InfOrganic 2020-2022

Status Ongoing
Duration 06.02.2020 – 05.02.2023
Implementers Education for Development Association
Partners Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development, and Environment; Moldova Organic Agriculture Value Chain Alliance (MOVCA), EcoVisio, People in Need (PIN)
Beneficiaries Centre of Excellence in Horticulture and Agricultural Technologies in Kaul (CEHTA)
Budget 618‘567 €

Project description:

The organic farming sector in Moldova is at an early stage and the competence and expertise in organic farming in the private sector is still very low (FiBL, report 2018). Thus, more inputs are needed in this regard such as basic information about organic farming.

InfOrganic 2020-2022 started with a one-year pilot phase (2019), during which coordination between key actors in organic farming was carried out and the first activities to collect and produce information materials on organic farming were organised. Based on the experience gained in 2019, a three-year project was developed.

InfOrganic 2020-2022 will strengthen key stakeholders in organic farming and provide information on organic production methods. The project will contribute to improving the collaboration of key stakeholders in the sector by coordinating and organising quarterly round tables for mutual exchange of information. The materials produced will be shared with open access on a basic website (in addition to other websites) – the national agricultural portal Agrobiznes in a specially created section “AgroEco” (agrobiznes.md/agroeco).

Farmers interested in organic farming will benefit from useful information on sustainable production methods. One of the main activities of the project will be the production and provision of practical information in various forms (text, audio, video, infographics, technology sheets, pocket cards). FiBL experts will guide the project and local experts in translating and adapting FiBL brochures and videos to the local context. In collaboration with international F2F experts, the project will develop pocket cards, technology sheets, infographics together with Moldovan experts and partners developing educational materials for farmers.

InfOrganic will also support a group of local experts in guiding and providing feedback on the materials produced, complemented by a programme of participation in conferences, forums, fairs, training, etc. of the most active Moldovan experts involved in developing information materials. The materials produced will be disseminated to interested farmers as part of the national campaign to promote and raise awareness of organic products among local consumers.

Objectives:

An online platform with relevant information on organic farming is available.

Expected results:

1. Existing information materials on organic farming are compiled and shared.

2. New relevant and complementary information materials are produced.

3. Information materials are made accessible to all and disseminated.

4. National expertise from the organic farming sector involved in the development of information materials is strengthened.

InfOrganic

InfOrganic

Status Completed
Duration 01.01.2019 – 31.12.2019
Implementers Education for Development Association
Partners Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development, and Environment; Moldova Organic Agriculture Value Chain Alliance (MOVCA), EcoVisio, People in Need (PIN)
Beneficiaries Centre of Excellence in Horticulture and Agricultural Technologies in Kaul (CEHTA)
Budget 129’941 €

Project description:

For several years CEHTA Țaul has been the main beneficiary of the EdAgri project, supported and implemented by the LED Foundation (Phases I and II: 2012-2018). In the InfOrganic project, CEHTA will be supported in the study of group project-based learning methods and their application in the teaching fields, greenhouses and other available production spaces.

Another strand of the InfOrganic project activities will focus on strengthening stakeholders in the organic farming sector and will provide information on organic production methods. This will mainly be done through demand and opportunity oriented grants. The organic farming sector in Moldova is at an early stage. The InfOrganic project will explore the availability of useful information for organic farmers and whether the use of digital tools is meaningful to complement existing information platforms. One of the main activities will be the production of more information materials and their popularisation. The materials can be different (text, audio, video, presentations) and should meet the needs of farmers. The information will therefore be concise and to the point. The experiences of local farmers can also be an important source.

Objectives:

InfOrganic starts with a one-year pilot phase (2019), during which:

  • A: CEHTA cooperation and commitment is leveraged;
  • B: coordination between key actors in organic farming takes place and the first information gathering and production activities are carried out.

Based on the experience gained in 2019, a plan will be developed to expand InfOrganic activities for the next three years.

Expected results:

A1. CEHTA carries out practical training activities for students of horticultural specialities in the institution’s teaching fields.

A2. Practical training in horticulture is also carried out through an interdisciplinary approach.

B1. Mapping of key actors in the organic farming sector on the development and dissemination needs for organic farmers and producers is carried out.

B2. The information needs of organic farmers are assessed.

B3. Existing information on organic farming is consolidated and supplemented according to demand.

B4. Organic farmers are aware of information offers and actively use them.

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