Moldova: Sustainable livelihoods and environment
People in Need supports farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs through organic agriculture projects in order to bolster economic development and create jobs. PIN also encourages farmers to set up cooperatives, which help them organise the processes for cultivating, harvesting and selling their products. Additionally, the PIN team works closely with local partners to support business development in the north of the country.
Business development in the North of Moldova
This project aimed to respond to challenges and problems existing in the region related to the migration of labour force, insufficiency of employment opportunities, disparity between the offer of colleges and universities and labour market demands, as well as lack of business infrastructure. The main focus was to support start-ups and business incubators in the Northern region in order to create conditions for closer cooperation among small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and to expand the sector of SMEs in the region.
The project helped to create three sectorial business associations and assisted their development. It provided support to business incubators in the towns of Soroca and Sîngerei and capacity building of their residents; mentorship, coaching by international experts, and micro grants to local SMEs and start-ups. The project team also worked on strengthening the position of Regional Development Agency North (RDA North) in providing services for entrepreneurs regarding investments and business development, on facilitating the connection between higher education and business sector, as well as on improving the information sharing for rural businesses through local public authorities.
All project activities were implemented by People in Need Moldova together with project partners RDA North and NGO ‘Pro Cooperare Regională’.
Standardization of viticulture education
Development of Marketing Cooperatives
Our goal was to secure continual presence of agricultural products from small and medium-sized farmers on the local market. The aim was to ensure food safety and improve the quality of life of these producers. PIN helped the cooperatives to optimize their existing conditions and business strategies. We provided them with know-how in the area of management and marketing of agricultural products.
Support to the organic agriculture sector
Since 2011, People in Need has been supporting the development of organic agriculture in Moldova, aiming at building up the sector for exports as well as for the domestic market. To achieve this, PIN has been partnering with different stakeholders such as local organizations (EtnoGastronomica, MOVCA) that promote organic agriculture in the country and private companies (PROBIO and PROGRAIN Organic) with whom we worked on developing organic agriculture knowledge and for whose farmers we provided intensive trainings on organic agriculture techniques and certification principles and procedures.
To build up in-country knowledge on organic agriculture, PIN has developed a curriculum for farmers and has trained a group of more advanced learners on organic agriculture with the help of international experts. Small grants were also part of our strategy to help the organic sector develop and provide an opportunity for organic growers to invest in needed equipment.