Rural Development and High Nature Value Farming

Project completed

The project was aimed to improve economic viability of small-scale rural communities of High Nature Value farmlands. The project was aimed to improve the conditions for high nature value farming by providing training and enhancing the marketing of agricultural products. The project was part of the Civil Society Participation fund in Romania.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Promoting economic growth and improving working conditions
01.04.2013 - 30.04.2016
CHF  1’120’644
Target groups

5000 small-scale farming families and communities in Romania in 5 pilot areas

Activities 5 pilot areas were being selected and threats assessed. An interest group was being established and policy inputs to improve the support of HNV systems have been given. To improve capacity of key persons, a needs-based training curricula has been designed, targeted on individual farmers and on farmer associations. Training courses and workshops for HNV farmers have been implemented. Further, the project set up a national HNV Information Network for HNV farmers. To improve markets for HNV products and farmers incomes, the failures/bottlenecks affecting the access to markets for Romania’s HNV farmers have been analysed. Based on this analysis, an improved marketing strategy and tools have been developed.

Achieved results:  

  • Baseline survey have been conducted in 5 pilot areas
  • In total more than 800 farmers attended about 60 meetings and/or study trips organised by Community facilitators
  • 9 training sessions organised for the Community facilitators on different topics (marketing, funding, food processing...)
  • Design of the NRDP 2014-20. The Partner NGOs worked closely with the Romanian MARD to modify and improve the proposals; significant improvements were made (Outcome 1)
  • 30 trainers were trained, the design of training courses for farmers in response to Local Partner surveys (Outcome 2)
  • Definition of HNV products compared to organic and traditional food products; design and testing of a farmers' market survey and first round of a set of consumer surveys (Outcome 3)
  • Lobbying activities with regard to increase agri-environmental measures in the design of the National Rural Development Programme 2014-2020
  • 1200 subscribers to the SMS system
  • Project closing confrerence was held attended by 160 participants
  • The website including an online shop set up:
  • A layman's report has been elaborated by the Romanian partners and presented during the final conference
  • Design of the HNVF logo

The project has been completed at an operational level.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Swiss Contribution to the enlarged EU
Project partners Contract partner
Private sector
  • Swiss Private Sector

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    1’120’644 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    1’108’241
Project phases Phase 7 01.07.2014 - 30.09.2017   (Completed) Phase 6 01.01.2014 - 31.12.2016   (Completed) Phase 5 01.07.2013 - 30.06.2016   (Completed) Phase 4 01.07.2013 - 30.06.2016   (Completed)

Phase 3 01.04.2013 - 30.04.2016   (Completed)

Phase 2 15.05.2012 - 30.11.2019   (Completed) Phase 1 01.07.2011 - 30.11.2019   (Completed)