Cooperation Austrian Development Agency & EU

Increasing the competitiveness of the agri-food sector in Moldova through integration to domestic and global value chains, in particular in the soya sector


Together with its consortium partner the Moldovan NGO Pro Didactica Donau Soja implements a project for increasing the competitiveness of the Moldovan agri-food-sector (with special focus on the soya value chain). This EU financed and ADA managed project aims to improve existing quality standards and to strengthen capacities in vocational education and training in agriculture. The project further complements the Moldova-component of the regionally organized Strategic Partnership between ADA and Donau Soja, which supports the building of sustainable and inclusive value-chains for GMO-free and organic soya in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Moldova and the Ukraine.

The three year project (April 2018- April 2021) has its focus on the following four components:

  • Component 1: Enhancing capacities for innovation and education in agriculture in Moldova
  • Component 2: Increasing access to market and advancing the demand for certified and organic agri-food products on national and foreign markets.
  • Component 3: Use of standards and certification to raise the performance of value chains
  • Component 4: Promoting an enabling environment for ensuring quality standards in the agri-food sector (including organic agriculture and products) and alignment of Moldova’s legal framework and policy documents to EU quality standards

Successful implementation of the foreseen activities and quality assurance throughout the project implementation are one of the priorities for implementation. In this respect, social and environmental standards and safeguards as well as gender equality will be considered. The project will directly and indirectly contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 12, 13 and 15.
The direct project beneficiaries consist of approximately 300 soya producers, 4 collectors, 15 feed and food producers, the Moldovan Centre of Excellence in Horticulture and Agricultural Technologies as well as 6 VET institutions. Additionally, 550 employees from all value chain actors, 150 teachers from all  involved schools and 150 students will gain direct benefits from the project.


On 17 October, in the framework of the FARMER 2018 exhibition, the project team organised a round table meeting entitled “Development of Soya in Moldova”. More information about the round table here.

From 6-10 November a Soybean delegation from Moldova visited Austria. A group of the Moldovan soybeans breeders from 3 scientific research breeding instiutes participated in the European Soybean Breeders Network (ESBN) meeting in BOKU University Research Center and there was a study tour to Austrian farms and companies, which provided insights in soybean production and processing in Austria. More information here.