Where we work

Europe

Our work in Europe is focused on strengthening the capacity of smallholder farmers, in order for them to improve their position on the market. We also focus on organisational structure, gender equality and reducing discrimination of ethnic groups, such as the Roma community.
Our countries

Albania

Our work in Albania is part of the programme Poverty Reduction in Rural Areas and Empowerment of Civil Society Organisations, which includes support to local organisations in Bosnia Herzegovina, Albania, Kosovo and Moldova.

This programme aims to strengthen the capacities of rural cooperatives, farmer organisations and other civil society organisations to address the needs and rights of their members. The programme endeavours to strengthen farmer organisations and small farmer owned enterprises as well as support their efforts to comply with EU rules and quality requirements on agriculture production and products.

In Albania, we support farmers to create new cooperatives by training, juridical support and trainings on cooperative values and principles. We work with gender equality, supporting women to improve their unfavorable socio-economic situation. Further, we support smallholder farmers to diversify their economic activities, and also raise awareness on environmental concerns and protection.

An important aspect of our work in Albania is alleviating poverty and improving integration for the Roma minority.

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Our work in Bosnia and Herzegovina support cooperative unions in their efforts to strengthen their coordination and capacity. We support cooperative business associations to establish business networks. Through the networks the cooperatives make business plans and market analysis together.

Further, we work with supporting the cooperative unions in their lobbying on harmonising national and regional laws concerning cooperative development, and we also work with reconciliation between different ethnic groups.

Kosovo

We Effect´s work in Kosovo is part of the programme Poverty Reduction in Rural Areas and Empowerment of Civil Society Organisations, which includes support to local organisations in Bosnia Herzegovina, Albania, Kosovo and Moldova.

This programme aims to strengthen the capacities of rural cooperatives, farmer organisations and other civil society organisations to address the needs and rights of their members. The programme endeavours to strengthen farmer organisations and small farmer owned enterprises as well as support their efforts to comply with EU rules and quality requirements on agriculture production and products.

In Kosovo, we support farmers organisations to define their needs, developing strategic plans and training their members in leadership, administration and governance. We also support women in becoming more aware of their civic, political and socio-economig rights, including the right to participate and have access to information.

 

Macedonia

We Effect started working in Macedonia during the autumn of 2014. A collaboration with the National Farmer’s Union was created, aiming to strenghten the Union, enabling it in becoming a stronger representative for some 4000 members.

The aim is, furthermore, to improve availability for small-scale farmers to education and marketing information, as well as to strenghten local farmer organisations and cooperatives, increasing crop yield and revenue. Gender equality and inclusion of young farmers is an integral part of the partnership.

Moldova

We Effect´s work in Moldova is part of the programme Poverty Reduction in Rural Areas and Empowerment of Civil Society Organisations, which includes support to local organisations in Bosnia Herzegovina, Albania, Kosovo and Moldova.

This programme aims to strengthen the capacities of rural cooperatives, farmer organisations and other civil society organisations to address the needs and rights of their members. The programme endeavours to strengthen farmer organisations and small farmer owned enterprises as well as support their efforts to comply with EU rules and quality requirements on agriculture production and products.

In Moldova, we work to support the National Farmers Federation by capacity building, so that they can provide better advisory support for farmers. We also support farmer groups with trainings for women and men in gender, civic and political rights as well as leadership and governance. We support farmers to understand and use the Market Information System MIS, The MIS ensures informational connection between agricultural producers and business environment.

We Effect support lobbying for improving policies for rural economic development and to the promotion of proposals toward decision makers, for example to increase the subsidy fund for agriculture.