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Christian Bobst
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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Agricultural production and market systems» in the Republic of Moldova

Moldova is Europe's poorest country. The modest economic growth of recent years has largely bypassed rural areas. Poverty and lack of prospects are driving the young and educated in particular to migrate to the capital or abroad. Those remaining behind are older people living in somewhat precarious circumstances. Because the State is unable to provide them with medical care, HEKS/EPER is supporting the expansion of the home care service run by its partner organization CASMED. And in an attempt to stem the rural-urban drift, HEKS/EPER is helping farmers to improve the quality and marketing of their products. Rural communities are also being encouraged to take local development into their own hands.

HEKS/EPER in the Republic of Moldova

Facts

In 2017, 1150 elderly people received medical care through the «CASMED» home care service.

4000 grape, berry and milk producers boosted their incomes thanks to HEKS/EPER.

HEKS/EPER is active primarily in rural areas, where prosperity and quality of life for the poorest are closely bound up with properly functioning agriculture. This is often not the case, however, as depleted soil, poor transport routes or lacking know-how hamper profitable agricultural production. HEKS/EPER helps people engage in profitable and ecological agriculture. This calls for sustainable production techniques and a great diversity of products so as to be able to react to environmental risks and market changes. In order that produce can be marketed successfully, HEKS/EPER enhances smallholders' knowledge of the market and militates for market systems in which smallholders are able to survive. In so doing HEKS/EPER mediates between producing, processing and subcontracting enterprises.