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InfOrganic

Status
Ongoing
Duration
01.01.2019 – 31.12.2019
Cooperation partners
Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment (MARDE); Moldova Organic Value Chain Alliance (MOVCA), EcoVisio, People in Need (PIN)
Centre of Excellence in Horticulture and Agricultural Technology, Taul (CEHTA)
Budget
129’941 €
Implementation Agency
Association Education for Development (AED)

Project Summary:

The planned interventions will be focused on two target areas:

Target Area 1 = Enhance formal education in agriculture. LED has supported the Centre of Excellence CEHTA for several years (EdAgri Project Phase I-II). At this stage, LED will continue being a partner of CEHTA with the aim of capitalizing on the previous investments to further empower teachers and students to engage in practice-oriented education. Teachers will get support to conduct small group assignments, making use of the demo plots, greenhouse and other production-related assets available. Ideally, the group assignments will include topics on organic agriculture and will use an interdisciplinary approach. 

Target Area 2 = Enriching the information base on organic production and strengthening the capacity of the key stakeholders in organic agriculture. To achieve this goal, the project will adopt a flexible approach to provide through a grant scheme demand- and opportunity-oriented funds. Moldova’s organic agriculture sector is still in a very early stage. InfOrganic project will explore the availability of useful information for organic farmers and whether the use of digital tools is meaningful to complement the existing informational platforms. One of the main activities will be then to produce more information materials and make them available. Materials will have various forms (text, audio, video, presentations) and must be tailored to the farmers need. Therefore, the information will be short and to the point. Experiences of the local farmers will form an important source, too. 

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

  • A: the cooperation and commitment of the Centre of Excellence CEHAT is piloted;

  • B: the coordination among the actors and first activities for collecting and developing information are implemented.

Based on the experience of this first year, the project will develop a three-year plan to extend its activities.


Project Outcome:

  • A. The education offer for horticulture students in the Centre of Excellence in Horticulture and Agriculture (CEHTA) is more practice-oriented and relevant.

  • B. Information base on the methods  of organic production is enriched; the capacity of key stakeholders in organic agriculture is strengthened.

Expected Outputs:

 

  • A1. CEHTA implements hands-on learning activities for horticulture students, capitalizing on their demo-plots and the two greenhouses.

  • A2. The practical work in horticulture is used for interdisciplinary learning.

  • B1. There is a mapping of the key actors in organic agriculture with the aim of engaging them into the development and dissemination of the resources on organic production.

  • B2. A need-analysis of the required resources for organic farmers is conducted.

  • B3. Existing information on organic agriculture is pooled and complemented according to the demand.

  • B4. Organic farmers know about the information offers and use them widely.