New perspectives for rural Moldova - DEVRAM
Moldova is one of Europe’s poorest countries. In rural areas, many people still live far below the poverty line. This is where our project Development of Rural Areas in the Republic of Moldova (DevRam) comes in. We are implementing the project for the EU with a total budget of 11.7 million euros.
The project is divided into two parts: The development of the soya sector and the empowerment of rural areas through improved water supply and sanitation infrastructure.
Organic soya sector and improved vocational education
DevRam works towards a more organic and competitive Moldovan soya sector. To achieve this, we are promoting domestic soya seed production, encouraging soya producers to exchange knowledge and skills and supporting them to certify their products. The project is supposed to increase the competitiveness of the agri-food sector by integrating the soybean sector into domestic value chains.
Additionally, DevRam is supporting the reform of the agricultural Vocational Educational System (VET). Better training standards mean better access to labour markets, thereby reducing unemployment and youth migration. To this end, we are improving and modernising curricula, teaching materials and the training of teachers. We are aligning the education system with the needs of the labour market and are launching the new vocational education programme "Vegan and vegetarian cuisine”, which supports the construction of sustainable value chains for organic and non-genetically modified soybeans.
DevRam closely cooperates with the Austrian Association Donau Soja International and the Moldovan NGO Pro Didactica.
Safe water for Cantemir
The southern region of the Republic of Moldova is the most underdeveloped area of the country. The town of Cantemir is one of the key areas lacking basic water-related infrastructure.
Therefore, the DevRAM project supports the Municipality of Cantemir in strengthening drinking water supply, wastewater collection and treatment. This includes the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant and a new sewer network. More than 5,000 inhabitants, as well as public sector entities such as kindergartens, schools, hospitals, industry and administrative buildings will benefit from the project.