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 26 February 2021, with the support of the European Union, the Research Institute of Field Crops (RIFC) “Selectia” from Balti, received a donation of high-performance equipment for sowing. In addition, the Selectia Institute and other 4 entities received rapid scanners for the detection of GMOs and mycotoxins. Find the press release here.

On 27 February 2020 Donau Soja office in Moldova hosted a workshop on the Biosafety regulatory situation. The activity was aimed at presenting the initial results and complement and validate the findings of the study carried out by Environment Agency Austria assessing the Biosafety and non-GM regulatory situation in Moldova. Find more Information here.

On first of February Austrian Company sharing experience and knowledge with a Moldovan peer, for lay the cornerstone for the first soybean crusher operating in Moldova. Find more informations here.

On 29 January and 2 February 2020 Agromix is presenting soya foodstuff. This year the company participates in the 19th edition of the Exhibition "Made in Moldova" 2020, with the support of Donau Soja in the framework of the European Union financed project and Austrian Development Agency (ADA) implemented in Moldova, presenting a wide range of soy and other vegetarian products. Find more informations here.

On 6 November a soya sector stakeholders consultation workshop was organised  in Chișinău, Moldova. It aims to improve existing quality standards and to strengthen capacities in vocational education and training in agriculture. More information here.

On 6 August 2019 the Donau Soja Organisation conducted an one-day basic training in Balti for Moldovan soybean farmers and collectors. More information here.

On 30 July 2019, a field day on cultivation of soybean using no-till technology was organised by Donau Soja together with the Peasant Farm “Agro Panfil”, North of Moldova. More information here.

On 23 July 2019 a field day showing organic soybean cultivation in Moldova was organised by Donau Soja together with the organic farm “Agroelit” Ldt. in the North of Moldova. More information here.

On 18 July 2019 a Donau Soja Field Day in Moldova took place at ICCC “Selectia” experimental field in Balti, North of Moldova. More information here.

From 11 – 13 July 2019 a group of Moldovan soybean producers and researchers participated in a study visit to Serbia to get insights on pattern of Serbian soybean farming. More information here.

On 25 – 26 June 2019 Donau Soja conducted a two-day basic training in Chisinau for inspection bodies. More information here.

On 20 May 2019 Moldovan research breeding institutions participated in the ESBN meeting in Poznan. More information here.

From 15 to 18 May 2019 a Best Practice Dissemination Event in Romania was organised. Eight farmers from northern Moldova took part in the learning and exchange visit. More information here.

On 28 March 2019 a one-day information seminar for Moldovan soya producers was organised. More information here.

On 12 February 2019 a meeting with soybean processing companies from the Republic of Moldova was organised in the framework of  the project. More information here.

On Friday, 25 January 2019, a round table discussion was organised. The topic was „Development of soya sector and value chain in the Republic of Moldova”. More information here.

In November and December 3 trainings for Moldovan farmers were held. More information 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.

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.