The 1st meeting of the three Thematic Working Groups (TWGs), which have been established and operate under the National Rural Network (NRN) of Moldova, took place on Thursday 6th of December at Jazz Hotel, Chisinau.
The 3 TWGs have been launched at the NRN Management Committee meeting on 2nd of November on the following specific themes:
- TWG1: Agriculture and Environment, with the topic for this year: “Irrigation and sustainable use of underground waters”;
- TWG2: Food processing, with the topic for this year: “Processing of small scale traditional agrofood products”;
- TWG3: Rural Development with the topic for this year: “Rural tourism – challenges and perspectives”.
During this first monthly meeting in the form of a Workshop, the participants/members approved the Mandate for each group by analysing the topics, identifying the critical issues and main problems linked with them, discussing and exchanging experiences and decided the work method. The Thematic Working Group is led and moderated by an expert recruited by the TA to ENPARD project. The moderator is also responsible to elaborate the final report in the form of a policy paper, which will include suggestions and recommendations for public administration and government bodies, in those 3 key areas for the development of agriculture and rural development in Moldova. All the three Reports of the TWGs will be publicly presented in a special Conference scheduled to take place in March 2019.
The creation of the National Rural Network is a collaborative action between two projects both financed by the European Union Delegation in Moldova: “Technical Assistance for the implementation of the Sector Reform Contract: European Neighborhood Programme to Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD)” and “Facilitating active engagement of the civil society actors in the agro-rural policy dialog”.
The beneficiary of both projects is the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment (MARDE).
Additional information on the event can be obtained from the ENPARD Technical Assistance Project (Ms. Tatiana Plosnita – plosnita@agrotec-