The SWG GTZ ORF Project: “Improving the competitiveness of companies and organizations from Southeastern Europe in the agricultural and food sector through the implementation of food quality standards and increased regional networking”

The project’s goal is to improve the competitiveness of companies and associations in the agro-food sector in the Western Balkans through the implementation of food quality standards and strengthening a regional networking.

The project follows a regional approach. Cross-border business relations will be promoted through activities such as trainings, consultation, business to business meetings and dialog forums. Especially small and medium companies, wholesale markets and associations in the agricultural and food sector will be strengthened.

In addition to cross-border activities, the project also aims to strengthen and develop specific connections and business relations within value added chains, between producers, suppliers, processing industry, trade and consumers.

Project Components

  1. Strengthening of business links and networks between different market players
  2. Introduction of food safety and quality systems

The beneficiary countries are: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo UNSCR (1244)

Project activities

The following project activities are planned in the region:

  1. Organization of seminars and round tables, as well as visits and provision of consultancy services to agricultural primary and processing companies, in regard to food and quality standards (GAP, GLOBALGAP, HACCP, GMP and products with a specific product labeling, such as products with PGI, PDO, TSG);
  2. Organization of seminars, round tables, study tours to foster networking and co-operation between wholesale markets and other market players from South East Europe;
  3. Organization of dialogue platforms, Business-to-Business Meetings, as well as elaboration of analysis and recommendations that aim to improve of business relations and trade within the SEE region.

The project started in January 2010 and its duration is foreseen for two and a half years.