Supporting Moldova in establishing a Horticulture Office

The Republic of Moldova aims to establish a public institution, the Horticulture Office, that will professionalize and accelerate the development of the horticulture sector. A delegation, including State Secretary Mr. Vasile Sarban from the Moldovan Ministry of Agriculture and Food, as well as four leaders of the main horticulture associations and representatives from USAID, visited the Netherlands to gain inspiration and insight. HollandDoor organized and facilitated this visit in February 2024 with the valuable support of the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality.


The program involved visits to key Dutch institutions and network organizations responsible for sector development, promotion, research, and knowledge building. These included the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality; Glastuinbouw Nederland; Top Sector Horticulture & Starting Materials; Greenports Nederland; Fresh Produce Center; World Horti Center; Rijk Zwaan; Tomatoworld; Brightlands Campus Venlo; Netherlands Water Partnership; and Fruit Tech Campus.

The implementation of the Moldovan Horticulture Office is already underway. The delegation gained valuable knowledge and insight during its visit and is now eager to expedite the process. Additionally, the delegation learned that the Dutch government, sector organizations, and businesses are seeking long-term cooperation and partnerships with Moldova.


This study tour was part of the Rural Competitiveness and Resilience Activity (RCRA), implemented by Chemonics International in Moldova and funded by USAID. The program aims to promote a sustainable and inclusive recovery from the regional crisis caused by the recent Russian invasion of Ukraine, with a focus on the wine industry and high-value agriculture.



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