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GRANT I TRAINING - ORGANIC AGRICULTURE
"Fenomena" Association, Serbia
Center for Public Policy Research, Center for Organic Production of Užice, Association "Organski plodoviArilje", Association "Crvena Ranka" (on behalf of the informal network of agricultural producers "Slow Food Gledić"), association "Slow Food Network of Youth in Serbia" (on behalf of the informal network "Slow Food Convivium Velika Plana"), the Ibar Valley Development Association (IDA).
The project "Towards organic agriculture development in Zlatiborski, Raški and Podunavski districts" was directly aimed at the lack of public support for organic agriculture in central and western Serbia, while methodologically,the project involved all key stakeholders: decision-makers, farmers, and consumers.
The aim of the projectwas to contribute to the strengthening of the capacities of civil society organizations and other key actors in the Raska, Zlatibor and Podunavlje districts to publicly advocate the improvement of public policies at the local and national level in the field of organic agriculture. The project advocates the introduction and consistent application of public research-based policies, as well as the introduction of support measures and subsidies in Raška, Zlatibor, and Podunavlje.
1. Bigger local budgets dedicated to support measures for organic agriculture
- - A research was conducted about benefits of conversion to organic agriculture for agricultural producers, and arguments based on the results of the research were used in project advocacy efforts at local level.
- - Memorandums of understanding which obligates municipalities to allocate at least 3% of local agricultural budget to support organic agriculture were signed by four municipalities – Kraljevo, Uzice, Velika Plana and Arilje.
- - Three municipalities (Uzice, Velika Plana and Arilje)fulfilledtheir obligation and dedicated a part of their budget for support toorganic agriculture in 2019 and city Kraljevo made plans to do the same in 2020. From four target municipalities only Uzice had support measures for organic agriculture in place before the project
2. Support to farmers for conversionto organic production
- - Training farmers for conversionto organic production was implemented during the project. The training included capacity assessment, information on conversion process and certificationprocess, obligations and costs, IPARD funds, composting, organic seeds and other topics important for organic agriculture.
- - 14 training participants conducted peer presentationsof topics from the trainings in their communities, thus increasing the number of producers informed about possibilities and ways of conversion to organic agriculture.
3. Organic agriculture as part of Serbia’s EU integrations
- - Larger focus on development of sustainable and organic agriculture in their recommendationswas promised by the Working Group for Chapter 11 (agriculture and rural development) of the National Convention on European Union. On final event of the project, Fenomena informed members of the Working Group about project results and 14 members signed the Memorandums of understanding with which they made obligation to focus more on development of sustainable and organic agriculture in their activities.
This project was implemented by the organisation “Fenomena” from Serbia, with support from partners and associates. The project was funded by the European Union within the regional project "Sustainable agriculture for sustainable Balkans: Strengthening advocacy capacities of CSOs and developing policies in the Western Balkans" implemented by the regional consortium of CSOs: IEP (Albania), FLOROZON (The Republic of North Macedonia) AKTIV (Kosovo*), CZIP (Montenegro), led by ORCA (Serbia).
Download the poster presentation of the project.
For more information visit the web page of the "Fenomena" association.
*This name is without prejudice to status and in line with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and the opinion of the International Court of Justice on the declaration of Kosovo's independence
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