The program is a common initative of the Romanian-American Foundation and partner organizations with expertise in rural economic development, community facilitation and public policy.
Through an integrated approach, the program pilots a model of intervention aimed at solving major problems in the rural economy, such as the limited access of farmers to capital, the lack of interest in agricultural associations and the difficult access of small producers to the food market. Combining community facilitation with economic development, the program aims to increase the chances for development of small farmers in Romania.
The program includes three types of complex and integrated actions:
- Creating four agricultural associative structures in order to improve production, processing and sales of local agricultural products in four geographic areas in Romania.
- Implementing a program of practical training and advisory support targeting the potential entrepreneurs from 40 rural communities in Romania.
- Preparing policy analysis and proposals for a more efficient allocation of the public funds in rural areas that serve these objectives.
The Rural Development through Entrepreneurship and Association Program is initiated and funded by the Romanian-American Foundation and implemented in partnership with:
* Romanian Center for European Policies (CRPE) – Rural analysis and public policy;
* PACT Foundation, Civil Society Development Foundation (FDSC), CIVITAS Foundation and the Community Safety and Mediation Center Foundation (CMSC) – Community facilitation and development of associations;
*Center for Entrepreneurship and Executive Development (CEED Romania) – training and business consultancy;
*Opportunity Microcredit Romania IFN SA, Romcom IFN SA, Vitas IFN SA, Patria Credit IFN SA and Patria Credit Foundation – pro-bono partners in implementing the training and consulting programs.