Albania – Seeds of development: the Italian-Albanian cooperation in agriculture moves on to new projects

Tirana - On 8 February, in the conference hall of the Albanian Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Agricultural Resources (MARDWA), the signing ceremony of the agreements of institutional and technical assistance between MARDWA, the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies of Bari - CIHEAM was held.

The agreements relate to the "Strengthening of Albanian Payments Agency for the distribution of contributions in agriculture", the "Sustainable development of the olive sector in Albania" and the "Pilot project for the establishment and testing of an insurance system for subsidised coverage of agricultural risks" initiatives.  These initiatives will be implemented by MARDWA and funded by the Agency through aid credits for a total of 10 million euros.

The signing ceremony, attended by the head of AICS field offices in Tirana, Nino Merola, and moderated by Lauresha Grezda, saw the participation of the Director General of the International Politics Department of the Italian Ministry of Agriculture and the European Union, Felice Assenza, and the director of CIHEAM, Maurizio Raeli.

The event initiated the institutional and technical assistance activities provided by the three initiatives, which aim to develop the competitiveness of the Albanian agricultural sector through measures focused on modernising and strengthening the sector.  All parties involved expect that rural communities will see major benefits from these initiatives, not only thanks to the improvement of production in terms of quantity, quality and environmental sustainability, but also with respect to income.  The achievement of these results will help further to bring the country up to European standards, thus taking another important step towards integration in Europe.

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