“Organic agriculture is a holistic production management system which promotes and enhances agro-ecosystem health, including biodiversity, biological cycles, and soil biological activity. It emphasizes the use of management practices in preference to the use of farm inputs, taking into account that regional conditions require locally adapted systems. This is accomplished by using, where possible, agronomic, biological, and mechanical methods, as opposed to using synthetic materials, to fulfill any specific function within the system.” (FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius Commission, 1999)
The organic value chain in Moldova is currently very small (only 1% of arable land) and lags other countries in the region and within Europe. Though in its infancy here, we have opportunities that encourage us to believe that we can successfully convert conventional agriculture to organic, thus benefitting a broad range of stakeholders: consumers, agricultural producers, processors, and others.
The soil in Moldova is among the richest in the world. So rich, in fact, that it has been designated a World Heritage site. A great proportion of our agricultural land consists of cernozem, the best soil in the world for growing fruits and vegetables.
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The Moldova Organic Value Chain Alliance supports our stakeholders through the value chain:
[Infographic of the organic agriculture value chain in Moldova]
Though the challenges are great, MOVCA is working hard to support the stakeholders in all aspects of the value chain to realize this vision. Our interventions include the following:
List some of the activities and where relevant, (click through to the Case History/Success Stories)
The organic agriculture industry is one of the fastest-growing agriculture segments around the world, especially in western Europe. There are many reasons, not the least of which is the potential for a higher ROI on your investment. Numerous studies have shown that organic food products command a higher price point from 25% to 200%. Consumers are willing to pay for healthful and delicious organic foods, knowing that their purchase also contributes to the sustainability of the food supply ecosystem. And to preserve farms for future generations which is important to all consumers.
Becoming an active participant in the organic agriculture value chain in Moldova can be an exciting career opportunity and promises to be a rewarding livelihood. MOVCA provides essential advice and assistance to help you get started and support you in your journey to organic.
The following checklist is a good reference point for a successful organic mindset:
Organic certification is typically a simple five-step process:
Once certified, a farm or business must go through an annual review and inspection process to maintain certification.