Selected references

Azerbaijan -         Agricultural Competitiveness Improvement Project - Agribusiness VCs

The project is financed by the World Bank and it provides investment and advisory support for agribusiness value chain development; up to 25 buyer-led, demand driven value chains (VCs) are to be established; dairy, meat, fruits and vegetables and others. Support is to be delivered to the Project Management and indirectly to the involved Service Provider from Ganja; ACIP is implemented all over Azerbaijan and offers technical assistance, grants (almost USD 6 million) and credits. 05/16 – ongoing until end 2018

 

Armenia - IFAD - Rural Asset Creation Programme

Final evaluation of this horticultural value chain and business development project. RACP inmtended to reduce rural poverty and its objectives are (i) the establishment of an economically viable fruits and nuts sector with backwards linkages to poor rural smallholders; (ii) the establishment of an entity (to be fully privatized) for delivery of services to the fruits and nuts sector; and (iii) the removal of infrastructure bottlenecks that inhibit increasing participation of the economically active rural poor in enhanced commercialization of the rural economy. 06-07/16 

 

Kosovo – DANIDA - Impact evaluation and in-depth study of the Rural Development Grant Programme

Presentation of the Study "Impact evaluation and in-depth study of the Rural Development Grant" to the minister or agriculture and his team mainly head of departments. Presentation was followed by a broad discussion on future financial support to the agricultural and rural sector and the lessons learnt on previous programmes. 06/16           

 

Egypt - European Commission - Support to Formulation of an SME Access to Finance initiative

Project aims to a) assist the EU Delegation and its partner European Finance Institutions (EFIs) to makeproposals into a dialogue with local stakeholders for the selection of target sector / value chains (at least one in agribusiness) to be focused on within the design of the new SME finance facility (including technical assistance, grants and loans). A few agro-food value chains are analysed more in depth (processed tomatoes and deep frozen fruits and vegetables) and investment needs among SMEs elaborated which then might be targeted by the commercial banks. 01/16 – ongoing 

Armenia - ENPARD Armenia - Budget Support Review Mission

The project is supporting the Government of Armenia in ensuring an efficient and sustainable agriculture, contributing to better conditions in rural areas. More specific the team is providing a detailed review of the implementation of the Budget Support component of ENPARD Armenia and furthermore consistent sets of conclusions and recommendations to be used by the Commission to make decisions on instalment disbursement for the second tranche of budget support. The specific task is to evaluate the "capacity and performance of farmers' associations and cooperatives further developed and strengthened", based on literature review, stakeholder meetings and field visits. 09 - 10/15 

Azerbaijan - Azeri Agricultural Finance Facility

The Azeri Agricultural Finance Facility (AzAFF) is an EBRD programme to support agricultural finance, including but not limited to access to finance by increasing availability of credit to the Azeri farmers /agricultural enterprises / agribusinesses through credit lines of up to USD 40 million and enhancing financial, managerial and production capabilities of end beneficiaries (enterprises and individuals involved in agricultural and agriculture-related activities). The overall objective of AzAFF is to foster the overall economic development of the agriculture sector. Among others AzAFF is a) developing and providing financial literacy training to farmers in the regions with the highest agricultural potential; b) providing workshops with farmers to introduce advanced farming techniques and international best practices in selected sub-sectors and c) assisting eligible sub-borrowers for larger agricultural loans with technical assistance. 09/15 – ongoing

Kosovo (Denmark) - Impact evaluation and in-depth study of the Rural Development Grant Programme.

The objectives of this evaluation is a) to quantify and qualify the Rural Development Grant Programme (RDGP) impact in terms of competitiveness, incomes, net employment creation and productivity through statistical/quantitative analysis as well as qualitative in-depth studies from the field; b) to improve the programming and implementation process of the RDGP for better achieving the objectives with respect to competitiveness, incomes, net employment creation and productivity and c) to improve the M&E system for the 2014–2020 RDGP though sound recommendations. - This ongoing grant programme is government run with the World Bank and DANIDA having provided funding for around 300 grants in 2013 and 2014; these grants support two types of activities categorised according to the EU so-called measures: Measure 101 supports physical investments in primary producers, whereas Measure 103 covers processors / marketing of agricultural produce within milk, meat, fruit, vegetables and wine sectors. - Regression discontinuity design (Rural Development) is used to analyse the impact. 08 - 11/15

 

Austria – Paper about Georgian agricultural cooperatives

Drafting the technical project proposal for an agricultural cooperative development project within ENPARD with focus on training and capacity building in Georgia. 06-07/15

Jordan -  Livelihood Programme Formulation

Formulation Mission for the Programme to Support the Communities Hosting Syrian Refugees in Jordan; i.e. in the Northern Governorates Ibrid and Mafraq. Specific objective is to develop a "greening" livelihood programme for host communities aiming at sustainable and thus profitable job creation, capacity building, reviving local markets, increasing energy efficiency (through better use of renewable energy, mainly waste to energy and solar power) and reducing water usage for households as well as the agricultural sector. Furthermore guidelines for stimulating matching grants. 03 - 05/15 

Bosnia and Herzegovina - Institutional support for the Rural Competitiveness Project

Within the 2nd design mission the expert is analysing institutional building blocks and key drivers to (sub) sector competitiveness; furthermore assessment of the organizational and institutional capacities and capabilities of the key public and private sector service providers (business development, innovation & technical advisory services to support primary production...) as well as identification of additional capacities that may be required to improve service delivery; finally preparation of a capacity plan to strengthen project implementers at all levels. 04/15 

Turkey - Value Chain Analysis within the Taseli-Koksu Watershed Development Project

This design mission focuses on the sustainable reduction of rural poverty by increasing smallholder farmers’ income from highland agricultural production systems and marketing activities while strengthening their resilience to climate shocks and their capacities to organize. Specific tasks are to analyse the potential to integrate farmers downstream in the value chain (e.g. transport, grading, processing, packaging, etcetera) and to assess the degree of involvement of the private sector in delivery services, as input suppliers and buyers; main identified products are fruits and vegetables (cherries, strawberries, grapes / dried grapes, MAPs) and animal products. 12/14 – 02/15

  

Bosnia and Herzegovina - Marketing Infrastructure within the Rural Competitiveness Development Project  

This project (RCDP) intends to enable poor rural people in the country to improve their food security and to increase their income through support to non-commercial and commercial farmers and to on and off-farm enterprises; focus is on the Fruits & Vegetables value chains. Design mission to analyse the existing Extension and Business Advisory Services (processing, packaging, marketing) and to develop in a participatory approach proposals for an improved supply and demand of these services. The existing governance structures (of the institutions or organizations of the value chain actors, service providers) are assessed about their effectiveness and maturity in terms of sustainably participating in VC development. VC spread from individual farmers, Producer Associations, cooperatives and companies towards involved institutions as public agricultural advisory services, local development agencies, faculties of agriculture and others. 11/14 and 04/15

  

Austria, worldwide - Collection and Comparison of Agricultural Data 

Organising data such as gross margins, land prices for pastures and arable land, etcetera to support agricultural investments in selected countries. 10/14

 

Austria, The Netherlands – Evaluation of the IFC's Agribusiness Investment Promotion

Analysis of the design of the overall evaluation methodology of IFC's two approaches; the economy wide versus the sector specific approach; especially targeting the agribusiness sector. A deep dive study report was done, geographical focusing within economy wide approach on Brazil (agri), Yemen (agri), China  (non-agri), Colombia (non-agri), Indonesia (non-agri), Philippines (non-agri) and within the sector specific approach on Sierra Leone (agri), Mali (agri), South Sudan (agri), Rwanda (agri), Honduras (non-agri) and India (non-agri). 06/14 - ongoing

 

FYR Macedonia - Evaluation of the ongoing IPARD-1

The programme started with an exhaustive methodology; assessment of the coherence, relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability. 04 - 05/14             

 

Austria - Peer review of a study about animal health and poverty

Reviewing an economic study in French on “Animal health and poverty“ (“Santé animale et pauvreté”) for Office International des Epizooties / OIE, Paris. Critical comments on a) the general meaning of the study itself, b) the layout and content and finally and c) the relevance for the OIE to publish such a paper (or at least parts of it). 03/14      

 

Azerbaijan - Value chain analysis for the wine sector for the European Commission

Objective was to improve the agricultural sector in Azerbaijan in terms of sustainability in development and growth in the export capacity through improving the value-chains. The specific objective of the assignment was to prepare a market and value chain analysis and recommendations for the improvement of value chains performance in view of their potential impact in employment generation and diversification of rural economy; close cooperation with the University of Ganja, Faculty of Agriculture. 02 - 05/14

 

Turkey - Preparation of Sector Analyses for IPARD

(Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance – Rural Development Programme) 2014-2020

Examination of the current situation of the following agricultural sectors: red meat, poultry and egg, dairy, fruit and vegetables, fisheries and aquaculture; furthermore Axis 3 - farm diversification and business development and rural infrastructure. To provide an overview of the entire production, processing and marketing system of these sectors with special emphasis on the needs of the sectors in terms of EU alignment and how IPARD measures may contribute to the alignment process. 10/13 – 03/14

 

Moldova - Training of horticultural farmers’ (fresh fruits as apples and grapes) associations regarding “applied negotiations and communications skills” and “risk management in export activity”; field trip to an apple farm in Sirota near Orhei. 09/13

 

Jordan - Food security

Consultancy to develop innovative interventions for implementation and to design a capacity development programme for the food security unit (FSU) at the Ministry of Agriculture in Jordan that clearly specifies the activities, areas of trainings, methodology, priorities and timeframe for implementation. 07 - 09/13       

 

Turkey – Development of Marketing Activities for GAP OAC

(Organic Agriculture Cluster in Southeast Anatolia Project)

Work included desk research, literature review, review of the value chain analysis for agricultural produce, field missions to Ankara, Sanliurfa / Diyarbakýr / Gaziantep, Izmir and Istanbul. Purpose was to establish a Turkish centre of competency for organic farming with a focus on export business by facilitating (not necessarily providing) input supplies (seeds, fertilizers), market and price information, access to financial services, transport, (organic) quality control, product development awareness rising.

 

Romania - Review of a Greenfield agro-investment

Review of a Greenfield investment in vineyards and winery; objective was to improve the reporting and management information system; production data, stock, sales, inputs, manpower. 03 -04/13       

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Austria – ”Study on the organic production potential in SEE”

”Study on the organic production potential in South East Europe (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia)”; mapping of certified organic products in SEE, including production volumes; overview of the demand for organic products of retailers and wholesale as well as of processing industries in the region; analysis of the market potential in the region and the EU; conclusions and proposals for next steps to use the potential and increase trade; furthermore country missions, interviews, workshops. Presentation of findings during the “Working meeting of the Regional Expert Advisory Group on Organic Agriculture in SWG” in Sarajevo. Client GIZ, 10 – 11/12; 02/13

 

Brussels, Austria – Study on biofuels in ACP countries

Study “Assessing the impact of biofuels production on developing countries from the point of view of Policy Coherence for Development”; elaboration of detailed inputs linked to technology transfer and capacity development, impacts of biofuels production on micro and macro levels (Potential impacts at household levels (small producers), Economics on plantation scale, impacts at macro level: job creation, tax revenues, etc.; energy and food price volatilities, typology of the indentified impacts and factors, the role and responsibilities of the Private sector. Client. European Union 09/12 – 02/13

 

Bulgaria – Meat sector study

Study about the meat processing sector in Bulgaria, starting from livestock farming (numbers, subsidies) to slaughterhouses, processors (import of raw material) and retailers; analysis of the complete value chain. 08/12 – 01/13

 

Turkey - Upcoming projects, also in renewable energy

Fact finding mission to Ankara focusing on upcoming projects, including financing a new biogas plant in eastern Turkey. 06/12            

 

Georgia – Development and marketing of new agricultural products

A “michi no eki” (roadside shops) project was designed to support the rural and farming community in Imereti Province (Kutaisi) by enabling additional sales along the new east-west highway, partly financed by Japan. A study was made to analyse local, geographically branded agricultural specialities, to develop suitable products and to improve market access for smallholders, including promoting farmers’ cooperation. Client JICA, 03 - 05/12

 

Kosovo - Concept for the Ministry of Agriculture

Objective of the assignment was to develop a concept and to provide support to the establishment of an Economic Analysis Unit within the Ministry of Agriculture. Client GIZ; 01 – 02/12            

 

Israel - Agrotourism

Rural development project to draft a Twinning Fiche to enable support to the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Bet-Dagan. Indirectly the project dealt also with the upcoming European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development / ENPARD. Client European Union; 10 - 12/11         

  

Serbia - Agribusiness Project Evaluation

Evaluation of the USD 25 million USAID Serbian Agribusiness Project (SAP); to review USAID’s complementary assistance at the enterprise, producer association and policy-making levels in improving the international competitiveness, especially of berries, fruits, dairy products, livestock / meat, mushrooms & herbs, tree fruits and vegetables; besides quantitative and qualitative information and analysis of the project recommendations for any mid-course corrections over the life of the project have been provided. Client USAID; 07 – 08/11  

 

Palestine / oPt - Sheep, Herders and Bedouins

Programming mission to support within existing agricultural policy the food security and sustainable livelihoods of the most vulnerable in the occupied Palestinian territory, in particular farmers, herders (including the Bedouin communities) and rural women; the project addressed root causes of their food insecurity, and analysing ongoing response and propose an evidence based programme to support food security and sustainable livelihoods; vulnerable pastoralists and agro-pastoralists need urgently land rehabilitation and water security; furthermore conducting a comprehensive policy stakeholders analysis – including Israeli counterparts. Client European Union; 06 - 07/11

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina – Cereals study

Sector study about the arable crops sector (mainly corn and wheat) as required input to the upcoming IPARD programme and the pre-accession rural development funds. The specific scope of this assignment was to carry out: (a) preparation of the arable crops sector analysis in BiH in compliance with the regulatory frameworks set by the acquis communautaire and the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) and (b) formulation of observations, findings and recommendations for policy development and IPARD implementation; 2 introduction and 2 verification workshops; several case studies, field trips and a survey; special attention was given to commodity reserve as wheat is considered as a strategic good. Client European Union; 05 - 11/11

 

Austria – Presentation of the Turkish agro-sector

Presentation for the Austrian Chamber of Commerce / WKO (in Vienna, Salzburg and Graz) of a sector study about agriculture and food processing in Turkey; furthermore meetings with interested companies interested to enter the Turkish market. Client WKO; 03/11

           

Austria, Belgium – CAP impact study

EU financed study of the possible impacts of policy changes in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) after 2013 on smallholders in developing countries (Ethiopia, Tanzania, Ghana, Bangladesh and Bolivia); this “food security” study took into consideration the different types of trade agreements such as “Everything But Arms” (EBA), the Interim Economic Partnership Agreements (interim EPAs) and the EU's General System of Preferences Plus (GPS+) and the impact of changing / rising world market prices on developing countries; products focused on wheat, oilseeds, sugarcane and rice. The study assessed the correlation and possible causality between the CAP and the income availability (i.e. source of income) and development potential of smallholders in developing, food insecure countries; including AGLINK-COSIMO Model, analysis of the results of model developed and classification of affected countries by type of impact and final recommendations. Client European Union; 12/10 – 03/11

 

Turkey – Training for TKDK/ARDSI

Intensive training project for the permanent staff of the future IPARD agency TKDK/ARDSI (Agriculture and Rural Development Support Institution); the main objective of this 62-days-training programme was to provide detailed training for the staff carrying out the project analysis (evaluation of project proposals in respect of investment grants) in order to ensure that technically, economically and financially viable investment projects are supported by pre-accession rural development funds in the frame of the IPARD Programme. Lectures given include project cycle management, logframe analysis, experience with other pre-accession programmes and the Common Agricultural Policy, elaboration and evaluation of high-quality business plans for farmers or processors and others; furthermore training-need assessment (TNA), development of training curricula, preparation of the training materials (200 pages textbook) and after class reading materials; lectures and working groups. Client European Union; 08/10 – 11/10

 

Albania – Meat Sector

Meat Sector Study as a prerequisite of the upcoming IPARD programme (investment in agricultural holdings and investment in processing and marketing of the agricultural products) and templates as part of the “Capacity Building for Implementing the Rural Development Strategy” – project to „Support to the Albanian Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Consumer Protection“. The study is needed to access IPARD investment grants and reflected also upcoming trade implications; furthermore quality standards, food safety, traceability. Visits of the major agri-processing companies and farmers in close cooperation with the public regional extension service; evaluation of the training needs of the sector including the extension and advisory services. Client European Union; 05/10 & 01 – 02/10

 

Syria – Baseline study

Short country profile with a focus on agriculture and foodstuff industry and the opportunities for trade and investments. Client European Union; 03/10

 

Syria – Study on medicinal herbs

Review of the competitiveness and value chain analysis of the natural herbs (for medical purposes) sector as part of the EU SME Support Programme in Syria. Analysis of all medicinal plants in Syria (450), including aspects of land abandonment and loss of biodiversity, intensive discussion with all stakeholders who have been not connected so far; securing involvement of the private sector and evaluating export potential of selected products (also including phyto-sanitary requirements); field trips all over the country, visit of ICARDA, GCSAR, MAAR and other relevant institutions. Client European Union; 02/10 – 03/10

 

Central and Eastern Europe and the CIS – Livestock Discussion Paper

Writing a “Background Paper Livestock in Central and Eastern Europe and the CIS”; this paper served as a basis on which FAO discussed the issue of livestock at their session of the European Commission on Agriculture on May 2010 in Yerevan, Armenia under the topic “Improvement of rural livelihoods in the Central and Eastern Europe and the CIS through sustainable improvements in livestock production”. Analysis and recommendations highlighted the issues regarding (mainly smallholder’s) livestock development (including quality / food safety and trade), awareness rising for specific problems as well as inputs to the member countries regarding future work (also of their extension services to support pastoralists) and particularly the emphasis of work of FAO. Client FAO Hungary; 12/09 – 01/10.

 

Turkmenistan - Agricultural Reform Services

EU support project to economic reforms and sustainable agricultural development. Objective was to outline an organisational structure for the Agricultural Reform Services and its place within the Ministry of Agriculture. Results have been to draft TOR and structure for Agricultural Reform Services function including a Management Capacity Building Unit within the MoA with related cost estimates for both investments and recurrent expenditure. Participation in workshops to find a joint solution and finally presentation of the findings; second mission to follow up the activities started in April 09. Client European Union; 11/09 – 12/09 & 04 – 05/09

 

Turkey - Agriculture and Food Sector Analysis

 “Industrial Restructuring of Sanliurfa” was an EC- TA project implemented by UNDP; beneficiary - Ministry of Industry and Trade; an agriculture and food sector analysis, an integrated industrial strategy plan and an agri-food cluster (and its export potential); furthermore identification of potential investors for the Sanliurfa Organized Industrial Zone. The following sub-sectors have been selected due to their impact: livestock (meat), agricultural crops (corn, wheat, cotton), fruits (pomegranates, peaches and others) and vegetables (all kind of open field and greenhouse high value fresh produce including logistics and marketing), food processing (oil mills, deep freezing, pomegranate juice factory, cold storage infrastructure, packaging facilities, corn drying facilities) and others. Value-chain analysis. Client European Union & UNDP; 09/09 – 11/09

 

Bulgaria – Agricultural Investment

Field visits for CERES Agri-growth Investment Fund in North-West-Bulgaria at the clusters Pordim (Valchitran), Sanadinovo (just Novachene) and Yakimovo. Tasks were to check the harvesting logistics (related to the remaining winter wheat fields), the field preparation after OSR for the next crop and topics related to the improved agro-management; findings have been presented in Sofia to the management; Client CERES Agri-growth Investment Fund; 08/09

 

Guyana – Analysis Sugar Industry Performance

Evaluation of the performance of GuySuCo (local nationalised sugar company) - based on the GuySuCo Business Plan forwarded by the NAO to the Delegation - in respect to the National Adaptation Strategy (NAS) to the EU sugar reform concerning EC Budget Support (EDF); production, labour, marketing, financing and strategic issues. The overall objective was to assist the Government of Guyana in its aim to develop an internationally competitive and nationally profitable sugarcane sector. Client European Union; 03 – 04/09

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina - IPARD

Drawing up ToR for IPA 2008 projects regarding "Support to agricultural policy and IPA Rural Development compliant structures" and "Support to BiH plant health protection administration". The purpose of this EU financed IPARD related project was to harmonise sectoral policies and measures for enhanced performance of agri-food sector including food sanitary and phyto-sanitary standards (SPS) and to create structures, legal framework and institutional capacity for managing the future IPA-RD grants / funds; output included project-fiches. Client European Union; 02 – 03/09

 

Georgia – TSU EU Common Agricultural Policy

Lectures related to EU Common Agricultural Policy; a 2-weeks seminar to MAES students at the Tbilisi State University, Institute for European Studies; objective was to explain basic facets of legal, political and institutional framework through which assistance is provided to non-EU countries and basic elements of the EU foreign assistance programme / neighbourhood programme; furthermore to train Georgian instructors (tandems) through direct coaching, to prepare with them pedagogical materials and to have a final assessment of students. Few field visits to SMEs in the agribusiness sector. Client European Union; 01/09    

 

Belgium – Writing Project Proposal

Assistance in drafting an EU project proposal for the export-oriented sugar industry in Swaziland, including the possibility to integrate SMEs into the existing sugar production. Client European Union; 12/08 – 01/09

 

Bulgaria – Agricultural Investment

Reformulation of the agricultural investment plan (financial and action plan, SWOT analysis) for CERES Agri-growth Investment Fund and evaluation of the present results. Client CERES Agri-growth Investment Fund; 10 & 12/08       

 

Ukraine – Investment Analysis

Pre-investment analysis of a 11.000 ha forestry project in Wolyn; evaluation of existing forest management and list of potential risks for a buyer such as protected areas, management plans, labour laws, harvesting technique, human resources, finances and others. 06/08

  

Russia – Investment Analysis

Pre-investment analysis of a 250.000 ha kolkhoz project with a focus on wheat near Volgograd regarding profitability and economic potential of these farms; climate, soil, crop rotation, agricultural techniques, silos and storage facilities, human resources and finances. 05/08

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina - State Ministry of Agriculture

Support for Establishment of a State Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MoFTER) – Harmonisation of agricultural subsidies (including investment grants) within entities so that on the long run an orientation towards the European Union will be feasible. Client European Union; 04 –05 /08      

 

Albania – Investment Analysis

Fact finding mission to Tirana and Vlora regarding a private agro-forestry investment project. 02/08

 

Austria – Investment Analysis

Rapid appraisal for an agricultural investment company (SME size) of a pig production green field investment project in Romania. 11/07

 

Montenegro - Income Generating Activities

TA to smallholders in Berane (northern part of Montenegro) in developing income generating activities trough Non-Timber Forest Products in the region; focus on herbs, mushrooms and other NTFPs. Additionally enhancement the capacity of agricultural SMEs (mushrooms, herbs, berries) to produce according to international export market requirements. Beneficiaries have been 300 members of the newly formed farmer groups in Berane and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management (MAFWM) in Podgorica. Client LuxDev; 06/07 - 08/07

 

Paraguay - Fuelwood Markets

Development of Tools for Fuelwood Market Effectiveness Improvement in Rural Economies in Latin America and the Caribbean for the Inter-American Development Bank. Pilot project for application in Paraguay. First the renewable energy sources have been analysed; afterwards tools and methodologies have been developed by studying the case of Paraguay and applying the findings there to a selected fuelwood market. Market mechanisms have been elaborated and finally an action plan which could improve the energy situation by using more efficient local renewable sources of energy, especially fuelwood. Client IADB, 02/07 – 02/09

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina – Milk Sector

Within the project “EU Support to the Economic Policy Research Unit” (EPPU) the task was to supervise a „Scientific research paper about the milk sector in BiH“, prepared by the Institute of Agribusiness Economics at the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Sarajevo. Client European Union; 01/07

 

Bulgaria - Rural Development Programme

TA to the preparation of the post-accession Rural Development Programme 2007 – 2013 and its monitoring system. The objective is a quality up-to-date sector analyses (including field trips, one-to-one interviews, focus group meetings, questionnaires, surveys) to assist the EU co-financed rural development programmes in the preparation of the financial agricultural support measures from the post-accession Rural Development Plan. Client European Union; 09/06 - 04/07

 

Swaziland - EU Sugar Reform

Formulation and set-up of TOR for a management unit (RDMU) to coordinate the implementation of the Swaziland’s National Adaptation Strategy (NAS) to the EU sugar reform. Revised agricultural sector strategy; the integration of local SMEs into sugar production was a political priority. Final results have been Financing Proposal and the Terms of Reference for the service contract (around € 4.7 million); financing by the European Development Fund (EDF). – Field trips to all Swazi sugar plants and neighbouring South Africa and Mozambique (Sugar Terminal). Client European Union; 08/06 - 09/06        

           

Uzbekistan - Agricultural Sector Policy

Review and evaluation of the agricultural sector policy, especially the legal and regulatory environment for farmers and dehqan enterprises with the purpose of developing “western style” enterprises in Karakalpakstan and Namangan. Providing policy advice on how to encourage agricultural entrepreneurs and providing advisory services and training on agribusiness-plans to entrepreneurs. Client UNDP, 07/06

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina - State Ministry of Agriculture

SESMARD / Support for Establishment of a State Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Main task was to train and guide the working group to elaborate a financial and an economic cost-benefit analysis, always having in mind the EU rural strategic planning, development policy and necessary legislation. Client European Union; 06/06

 

Bulgaria – Agricultural Investment

Evaluation of different locations to set up bigger farming units in Northern Bulgaria; calculation of various crops and crop rotations with a focus on oilseeds like rapeseed and sunflower. Design of setting up farm units, respecting personnel, machinery, crop farming and post harvest activities like sales and marketing. Assistance in making use of SAPARD funds such as investing in agricultural holdings and agro-processing. Client CERES Agri-growth Investment Fund; 03/06 – 05/06

           

Mongolia - Animal Health and Livestock Marketing

Design of the first EU ALA programme in agriculture / veterinary / food safety (proposed budget € 9 million). Identification and Formulation Mission of an Animal Health and Livestock Marketing to increase the net revenues of the pastoralists / nomadic herdsmen by reflecting the fragile environmental conditions and enhancing (private) veterinary and advisory services. Complete project set up with TAPs, TOR, donor coordination, budgeting, procurement design, political evaluation, etc. Client European Union; 01 - 03/06

 

Sri Lanka – After Tsunami Analysis

Study trip to some Tsunami projects and rapid appraisal about lessons learnt in combination with the overwhelming donor support. Client “HOPE”; 12/05 - 01/06

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina - Evaluation Agricultural Producer Association

Detailed evaluation of an agricultural producer association implementing the Herb Buy-Off Programme in the Upper Vrbas region. SWOT, cost-benefit and value chain analyses to submit proposals for a commercially viable strategy, including an action plan. Besides financial audit arrangements some training workshops have been conducted to facilitate implementation of the jointly elaborated recommendations. Main conclusion was to pay remunerations to stakeholders only according to incoming revenues. Client Partners for Development / PFD; 10 - 12/05

 

FYR Macedonia – Agricultural Policy

Technical Assistance to MAFWE within the CARDS project Structural and Legal Reform by suggesting a set of agricultural policy measures to be introduced in the MAFWE budget to increase the state support to agriculture and especially the direct payments to farmers. The implications of WTO and SAA commitments in terms of support to agricultural productions have been analysed. Client European Union; 08/05

 

Albania – Sheep Marketing

Strengthening the Marketing of Small-Ruminants; to make a SWOT analysis and to develop a strategic plan to support the development of the rural and sheep sector showing implementation responsibilities, key milestone, outputs and timescales; also fostering the capacity of enterprises (only SMEs) to increase food safety and to produce according to international market requirements. Activities took place in Gijrokaster, Saranda and Korca. Client UNDP, 04/05 - 10/05         

 

Pakistan - Fact finding mission

Mission to Lahore and Lylle for upcoming international funded projects in the area of agriculture, irrigation, natural resources management, agricultural development, livestock, agro-industry and agricultural spare parts (for tractors). 01/05   

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina – Protected Areas

Support to the World Bank for the Preparation of the Biodiversity Conservation Project for Bosnia and Herzegovina. The objective of this assignment was to assist the World Bank and the BiH government to write a GEF project-proposal for presentation to the GEF Secretariat. BiH intended to extend its protected areas and thus safeguarding its biodiversity (analysed by environmental impact assessments) and to improve the management of the existing ones. Foreseen GEF budget was USD 7 Million. Client World Bank, 05/04 - 05/05

           

Kosovo - Agricultural Strategy Plan

Development TORs of an for Kosovo (AMPK) to strengthen the institutional capacity of MAFRD in planning and implementation of agricultural policies and strategies – including food security and safety through participatory approach, close cooperation with EAR and MAFRD. Client European Union; 07/03 - 08/03           

           

Kosovo – Agribusiness Support

(Agri-) Business Support Project; consulting and training of local experts, mid-term evaluation of the project, recommendations of necessary improvements, strategy papers; assistance in food safety and food laws, reviewing marketing plans for the selected agricultural cluster, providing agricultural information and business solutions for agribusinesses (in collaboration with the grants programme), close cooperation with EAR and MAFRD. Client USAID; 04/03 - 05/03

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina - Office of the High Representative

Advisor on Agriculture, Forestry & Water with focus on agricultural policy development and strategic planning, economic analyses and recommendations to the High Representative on key issues related to agriculture, agribusiness and business environment (bulldozer project); identifying priority areas of action and rural strategies, for example extension services, in close coordination with the Ministers of Agriculture (agricultural task force) and the International Community (EC, World Bank, IFAD, FAO, UNDP, USAID, JICA …); strategies also to make export activities easier, to increase competitive and sustainable rural sector investments; exchange of knowledge and dissemination of information to local shareholders, authorities and the IFIs. Client OHR, 07/01 – 03/03       

 

Austria – Workshop at University of Applied Life Sciences / BOKU

Lecturer at an international agro-project management workshop for students from Eastern Europe; case studies, discussions, organised by BOKU, the Austrian University of Applied Life Sciences and Natural Resources Management. Client BOKU; 07/00

           

Bulgaria- Rural development Lovech

Rural development of the hilly region of Lovech with a focus on SMEs in agro-marketing for fruits, vegetables, medical herbs; further setting up and working with farmer groups - participatory methods; furthermore the project’s objective was to support development of the rural areas; assistance in building institutional capacity to absorb EU funds like SAPARD; workshops about new ways for an adapted rural policy. Client GTZ; 05/00 - 08/00

  

Palestine / oPt - Agro-Marketing

Technical assistance in creating a modern governmental frame (Ministry of Agriculture) for the marketing of agricultural produce (also for producer associations); main objective was the development of an agricultural market information system (AMIS), i.e. design and implementation of a marketing information system (MIS) and database for fruits and vegetables. Capacity building including workshops and training. Client ADA; 04/99 - 09/00      

 

Austria – Export Consulting

Opening new export markets for agro-food SMEs like wineries, organic soya-drink producers and others; in total 8 workshops about marketing; target markets are Germany, Sweden, Poland, and USA. SWOT analysis, legal food requirements including trade requirements, export strategies, branding and packaging, investigations for the potential for expansion and market reports. Client Austrian Chamber of Commerce / WKO; 03/99 - 12/00

 

Nicaragua - Saw Mill and Forest Management

Sustainable and community based forestry ecosystem management and biodiversity project in the neighbourhood / buffer zone of the protected area SI-A-PAZ. Restructuring a saw mill (SME) on the Rio San, from a first strategy paper to sales activities on the local market (and in neighbouring Costa Rica), strengthening the local institutions on the governmental and farmer's side, promotion of rural farm and non-farm employment (palm oil plantations), extension services, gender issues, micro-credit component, vocational training of small-land holders. Client ADA; 01/98 - 03/01

           

Austria, BRAZIL TECHMART

Preparation and organisation of the BRAZIL TECHMART 1997, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais; to contact the Austrian agro-industry and to organize the participation on this fair. Client UNIDO; 08 - 09/97

 

Palestine / oPt - Agro-Marketing

Consultant        Institutional strengthening at the MoA in Ramallah (workshops with the Minister Mr. Abdul JAWAD SALEH), technical assistance, training and international trade promotion; assistance to design a new rural development policy with a special focus on the rural poor; conduct of surveys in collaboration with national agricultural partners; Ministry of Agriculture and the Marketing Board. Client Austrian North South Institute, 04/97 – 09/97           

           

Austria - Organic Farm Management

Transforming the small family farm (crop rotation, plant protection, temporarily sheep keeping) into a certified organic farm (among Austria's pioneers who became legally registered as organic farmers), since 1997 management of this farm; therefore in practical and also administrative ways very familiar with all EU requirements from the farmer’s point of view; furthermore management of the attached forest by focusing on improving sustainable forest ecosystems. 02 / 97 – 06/11

 

Austria – Data Mining

Market research, preparing data's concerning most easiest transfer into the data-base and assistance in the data-bank design. Client CYANAMID, 01 / 97       

 

Bulgaria - Workshop on Marketing

Workshop on Marketing and Financing; also with a focus on international markets. Client Austrian Chamber of Commerce / WKO; 11/96

 

Bulgaria – Wine Sector Analysis

Analysis and evaluation of one of the most famous wineries in Svischtov, Bulgaria; study -including marketing aspects- about the actual condition and the search for an international investor in Austria, Germany, France, Italy and the USA so that -together with the investor- a MBO could be enabled; promotion of foreign and local investments in agribusiness. EU, 09/96

           

Bulgaria – Sugar Mill

Restructuring a state-owned sugar mill in Bulgaria for privatisation; a marketing study how to improve sales, specially export sales to Eastern Europe and Asia and how to develop new products and services; Sofia and Devnja. EU, 07/96 - 08/96

 

Austria - EU Projects in Eastern Europe

Workshop about EU Projects in Eastern Europe (PHARE, TACIS, Cross Border); Vienna and Krems. 05/96 & 08/96       

 

Romania - Management Training

Marketing workshop to improve the transition from a centrally planned to a market economy; participants have been former big state companies and also SMEs. Client Training Institute Cedru / Austrian Chamber of Commerce / WKO; 04/96

           

Guatemala - Agricultural Marketing

Study about organic farming; implementation of an organic certification scheme and improvement of the marketing of organic products (coffee, vegetables, fruits...) from SME in Guatemala to the European market; drafting of laws / bylaws to become compatible with the EU regulations about organic farming. Co-ordination of local experts. The study was performed in close co-operation with AGEXPRONT. Client Trees for People / GTZ, 11/95 - 12/95

 

Austria – The Agricultural Sector in Austria

Three workshops about Austrian agriculture; the present status and the efforts how to adapt the Austrian system to EU norms and standards; organized for French farmers. Client UNAFIMA; 05 - 10/95

           

Austria, Germany - Wine Export

Export marketing for wine and sales for a group of Austrian wine growers to Germany including market research, business trips, customer relationship management, active selling, branding and database management. Client Verein der Weinbaumeister, 02/95 - 09/01

 

Austria – Seed Marketing

Marketing and public relation for AGROSTAT, organisation of field trails (seeds) for soya, corn, sunflowers and other cultures, monitoring. Client AGROSTAT, 01/95 - 12/97

Bulgaria – Dairy Sector Study

Dairy industry investment project with comprehensive (feasibility) study about the actual situation of selected dairies and action-plan how to re-organize and privatise the Bulgarian Dairy industry in close co-operation with the Bulgarian MoA; Client EBRD, 07/94 - 11/94

           

Austria - Certification of Organic Farming

Certification of organic farming, pioneer of the Austrian organic certification procedure (in accordance with EU 2092/91 and IFOAM regulations) that started together with Univ.Prof.H.Haimboeck from BOKU a first organic certification company, approved by the Austrian Ministry of Agriculture. Clients all over Austria and along the value chain, from farmers to agro-processing companies. 01/94 - 12/97

           

Palestine. oPt – Vegetable Cooperatives

Project management (planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation) of vegetable co-operatives in Palestine including agricultural strategy development, post-harvest technology, agricultural support services, extension services, feasibility studies, preparation of tenders, co-ordination with the Ministry of Agriculture, the EU-office in Jerusalem and NGO's. Client SAAR, 10/93 - 12/94

 

Austria, United Kingdom – Wine Marketing

Export marketing for Schlosskellerei (Chateau) Halbturn, also to Japan; Client Schlosskellerei Halbturn; 05/93 – 10/94

 

Austria – Agricultural Software Marketing

Marketing and sales of agricultural software for plant production, livestock management and farm management in Austria; seminars and workshops about software, agricultural fairs. Client HELM Software, Germany, 04/93 – 12/99

 

Austria – Seed Marketing

Registration of seeds for a French company in Austria, organisation and monitoring of field trials all over Austria and market-research for corn seed (also for Hungary). Client Caussade Semances; 06/92 - 12/94

 

Russia – Lectures at the University in Omsk

Workshop at the University in Omsk, Siberia about marketing for agriculture and agro industry; assistance to develop new agribusiness and to increase the farmers' and food producers' competitiveness. Client AFC, 12/92          

 

Austria – Agricultural Software Marketing

Designing a sales concept for agricultural farming software “AGROSYS” and presentation of this software at agricultural fairs, agricultural schools and at farmer’s seminars. Client SIEMENS; 06 – 11 / 92      

 

Bulgaria - Pre-investment Farm Analysis

Study to restructure and privatize a 10.000 ha-cattle farm in Biela Slatina, northern Bulgaria, including the participation of all the former owners of that land; the basic idea was to form a company in which all the previous land-owners would bring in their land so that a common and very efficient farm management could take place. 04/92  

 

Austria – Quality Beef Programme

Marketing-programme to improve the beef quality in Carinthia and to establish a monitoring system; design and implementation of an electronic data processing system and new management methods to this farmers' group; the farmers' group was reorganized, in total more than 1.000 cattle breeder; many workshops with the cattle farmers; Carinthia. Client Chamber of Agriculture, 03/92 - 08/92          

 

Hungary - Seed Processing Plant

Evaluation of a corn-seed processing plant in Babolna, Hungary within a re-privatisation programme for a mayor Austrian agricultural bank. Client, Raiffeisen Investment AG; 03/92         

           

Austria - Workshop Agriculture & Rural Development

Workshop about farming in Eastern Europe Mr. Roland NYMANN, Deputy Minister from the Ministry of Agriculture, Tallinn, ESTONIA. How to adapt Eastern European Agriculture to Western European standards? Client International Academy Future, 10/91

 

Austria – Sugar Marketing for Food-Industry

Marketing of Austrian sugar and starch products (including potato- and milk-products), responsible for sales and marketing to the foodstuff-industry (usually SMEs), key account, administration, organisation, human resources development and training, annual turnover of USD 200 million; strategic planning, technology, human resources, accounting and budgeting, new markets, joint-ventures in Eastern Europe. Client AGRANA MARKETING; 02/90 - 02/91

 

Austria – Trade Financing

Counter trade for an international Bank and trading company focused on agricultural products like cacao, coffee, cashews, rubber, edible oils but also irrigation equipment. Visits to Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Nigeria and other countries. Client CENTRO BANK, 09/88 - 01/90

 

Austria (partly Sweden) – Marketing of Edible Oils

Export marketing Eastern Europe (former Yugoslavia, Romania) of edible oils and fats; main product was cocoa-butter-replacer for the food industry, mainly the chocolate-industry; market-analysis, technology-transfer and technical services, counter trade (special financing arrangements), symposia, fairs. Client KARLSHAMNS Ltd; 06/87 - 06/88

 

Austria, Germany, Hungary, Czechoslovakia – Seed Marketing

Marketing, sales and consulting in the area of vegetable and agronomic seeds in Austria, Hungary and the former Czechoslovakia; registration, budget-planning, advertisement, customer and technical service, also control of multiplication in Hungary. Client ASGROW, 08/85 - 05/87

Dr, Martin Mautner Markhof, agroservice.com

Dr. Martin Mautner Markhof

Agricultural Economist

& Executive Partner

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