Moldovan agriculture to become more drought-resistant
4 June 2015
4 June 2015, Chisinau, Moldova – Improving small-scale farmers’ resistance to drought through better water management and modern irrigation technologies is the objective of a Hungary-funded FAO project kicked off here today.
At today’s project inception workshop, participants discussed the need for Moldova’s smaller farms to adapt to the effects of climate change. The project aims to improve rural livelihoods by increasing crop yields and quality, as a result of adopting best irrigation practices and modern technologies. Demonstration plots will be established on selected farms, and widely promoted through field days, information sessions and national and local media.
The project will also help farmers and water user associations to develop their ability to apply water- and energy- efficient practices, and to properly operate and maintain on-farm irrigation equipment. The transfer of knowledge and skills will happen through theoretical and practical training, individual technical assistance and farmer field schools.
In order to improve the quality and content of the irrigation advisory services provided to farmers, the capacities of the rural extension services will also be strengthened, through theoretical and practical training sessions.
The FAO project was designed to support the efforts of the Government of Moldova in promoting best practices related to sustainable management of natural resources, and adaptation and mitigation of the effects of climate change on the agricultural sector, as defined by national strategy and policy documents.
The project is in line with the Country Programming Framework agreed between FAO and the Government of Moldova for the 2014-15 period. It is also meant to contribute to the collective effort of the UN family in supporting Moldova as the country addresses its major development challenges as defined in the UN-Moldova Partnership Framework (2013-2017) and related Action Plan.
“Being the key partner of Moldova on climate change adaptation in agriculture FAO has elaborated this project with the objective to develop irrigation practices and enhance resilience of small and medium size farmers to the climatic risks. In this sense, I’m confident that the project implemented by FAO will show significant results in achieving a more sustainable agriculture, particularly in connection to the disaster risk management in the sector”, said FAO Assistant Representative Tudor Robu.
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