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Moldova signs four-year cooperation agreement with FAO

Helping Moldova’s agrifood sector become more internationally competitive, more sustainable, more resilient to climate change, and a major contributor to rural development are the objectives of an agreement signed today between Moldova and FAO.

The FAO Country Programming Framework for the Republic of Moldova was signed in Chisinau by Moldovan Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry Eduard Grama, and FAO Representative in Moldova Raimund Jehle.

"The Country Programming Framework (CPF) brings together innovative international best practices and global standards with national and regional expertise,” said Jehle. “It is the result and natural follow-up of a successful ongoing partnership between FAO and Moldova.” Jehle underlined the support to smallholders in Moldova and Moldova is one of the focus countries of the programmatic regional initiative empowering small holders as a for rural development and sustainable agriculture equipped to respond to climate change.

"Moldova needs to increase the competitiveness of its agriculture and food production sectors, to fully benefit from the opportunities provided by the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area signed with the EU,” said Grama. “This is a crucial priority for the national economy of Moldova and we particularly welcome the international support and knowledge offered by FAO. Together, we aim to increase quality up to international standards and promote our products to local and foreign markets."

The Minister also highlighted the positive impact already made in Moldova by FAO – promoting sustainable agricultural practices, supporting smallholders, and contributing to the agricultural reforms in the country.

According to the cooperation framework, FAO plans results over the coming four-year period to support Moldova in three priority areas:

  • Increasing competitiveness of the agri-food sector
  • Fostering sustainable agriculture and rural development
  • Improving capacity for sustainable management of natural resources and disaster risk management.

Results will include strengthened the food safety system and phytosanitary control services, promotion of Moldovan agrifood products in national and foreign markets, increased employment and investment of foreign remittances in agriculture, support for the agricultural census planned for 2020, and developing both a National Integrated Pest Management Strategy and a Plant Protection Strategy.

Farmer field schools will be used to introduce and promote sustainable agriculture practices. Smallholders will also receive training and support to develop high-value berry production.

FAO will also help Moldovan farmers respond to climate challenge – by conserving and improving animal and plant genetic resources, improving animal production technologies, and increasing farmer access to new drought-resistant crop varieties and environmentally friendly technologies. Capacities will be strengthened on land and water management practices including irrigation technologies and pesticide waste management.

Total resources required to achieve the results envisaged in the agreement amount to about US$ 9.75 million, of which US$ 4.5 million is already available. The remaining funds will need to be mobilized through FAO’s Technical Cooperation Programme, from the national government, and from resource partners active in Moldova.

The Country Programming Framework for Moldova is expected to provide significant support to the country in achieving the globally accepted Sustainable Development Goals. It was prepared following consultation and agreement with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry and other relevant public authorities, and with development partners, civil society organizations and the private sector through bilateral discussions and roundtables. In particular, the process involved consultations with the United Nations Resident Coordinator and the UN country team, the European Union Delegation in Moldova, the World Bank office, and bilateral donors active in the sector.

8 December 2016, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova

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