FAO to introduce 2 new technical assistance projects in Moldova that will help expand agricultural exports and improve statistical data collection
This is provided for by the relevant project agreements on the implementation of these projects, signed in Chisinau by the Minister of Agriculture, Regional Development and the Environment of Moldova, Georgeta Mincu, and the representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Moldova, Raimund Jehle. The projects will be introduced in the next 2 years and will contribute to an increase in agricultural exports and access to reliable statistical data for the development and implementation of policies. As Raimund Jehle noted, the FAO technical assistance projects are aimed at solving two major problems identified in the course of consultations with stakeholders: the need for high-quality statistics in accordance with international standards and the need for a strategic and efficient approach to the promotion of agri-food products. Measures to promote more agri-food products include the development of a web portal, a study to assess trade restrictions on products with the highest export potential, and the introduction of a program to identify and promote traditional Moldovan products and the development of national advertising materials on rural tourism and food traditions. Pilot educational events are planned in 2 villages to encourage agricultural and rural tourism. As Georgeta Mincu noted, the final beneficiaries of this project are Moldovan producers and consumers who can benefit from international experience and advanced knowledge in terms of export and marketing of agri-food products. The second FAO project will significantly improve the agricultural and rural statistics of Moldova through its harmonization with international standards. The National Bureau of Statistics will be able to collect data on important indicators of the Sustainable Development Goals related to labor productivity and incomes of small landowners. In addition to seminars, study visits and international experience sharing activities, the project will provide the necessary information infrastructure to develop the capacity of the National Bureau of Statistics, in particular the Agricultural Statistics Division. // 30.07.2019 - InfoMarket.