In the last year, the BOND project took upon itself a key task, to undertake a Lab Experiment in Moldova. The Lab Experiment is a learning process involving farmers and land manager groups who will participate in capacity building activities and in the design of Action Plans that will lead to the signature of Memorandum of Understanding in different sectors for future cooperation.
On February 25, 2020, ProEntranse organization, launched the first key event, focused on analyzing organizational performance and developing an Action Plan. Event #2 and 3 were originally designed under a face-to-face format, to be implemented 19 March and 10 April 2020.
Towards the end of February 2020, the Republic of Moldova, like many other countries, closed the borders and restricted all face-to-face encounters, due to the COVID 19 pandemic, which has spread globally. Due to the COVID 19 crisis, in the context of restrictions and sanitary confinement in Europe, the event had to change its structure to a virtual format that has been re-designed in order to be able to implement this activity. It is worth mentioning that the main objectives and foreseen outcomes have been kept, but methodology and format have been completely changed.
As a result of the current situation, the training presentations within the event #2, exercises and exchanges were oriented to examples and challenges emerging from the COVID 19 crises. Event #2 has been promoted by ProEntranse, with the support of FAO and Cordoba University, and was split into 5 online events, that took place between May and June 2020.
The event #3 is organized in September 2020 and is focused on Cooperative development, dialogue and Lego serious play.
Event #3 is structured in 3 online sessions with the duration of approximately 2 hours each.
First session was organized on September 4th – Cooperative successful experiences
During the event Christine Ferrier, from CUMA, France, described how the cooperative is administrated, how the cooperative works on products, how is the cooperative’s own capital created and other interesting elements which make the cooperative successful and profitable.
Julie Hval discussed about cooperative experience from Norway, how should be the cooperative’s focus on youth and how youth can be motivated to join or to establish cooperatives.
Irina Virlan, from Business cooperative “Agrostoc” Moldova presented the cooperative success story, social programs and how the management cooperates with the members, how they are Identifying the common needs and the way of developing measures to meet them.
After thus presentations, participants were split into 2 breakout rooms for 20 minutes were discussed about the previous presentations. Each group, after 20 minutes, presented 3 criteria which in their opinion support the cooperative development.
The next sessions will be organized on 11 September: Session 2 – Dialogue between cooperatives and government with involvement of EcoRuralis Romanian Partner of BOND and on 18 September – Session 3 – Gamification based on cooperative development with involvement of Coventry University from Great Britain.
This Project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 774208.