On December 15th, 2016, at the “Aleksandar Palace” hotel, in Skopje, USAID Adaptation to Climate Change in Agriculture project celebrated the results from five – years of introducing simple and cost effective farm level adaptive practices that address an important issue such as climate change. The climate change adaptive measures and techniques implemented in 28 demonstration plots and farms have helped farmers to preserve their yields and increase the quality of products. The outstanding results from the adaptive practices tested in 6 project modules: orchards, vineyards, vegetables, soil loss, water saving and livestock, were summarized in brochures, studies and video materials which have contributed to increased knowledge and awareness of the agricultural sector in Macedonia. This project resulted with increased number of farmers implementing some of the adaptive measures such as: UV/anti hail nets in vegetables, application of benevolent fungus for increased water uptake, T-pruning in table grapes and application of calcium carbonate in vineyards, short pruning in orchards etc.
In his remarks, USAID Mission Director, Mr. James Stein, noted that
“In Macedonia, nearly half of the rural population is economically dependent on agricultural production. Preparing for and mitigating climate change’s negative impact on crops and livestock requires practical adaptive methods and prompt local action. The methods that we employ to protect our communities must focus on co-operation, integration, innovation, and partnerships. We must use a bottom-up approach where local actors design the strategy and choose the actions, as they are the ones closest to the problem and therefore closest to the solution. I commend the Rural Development Network’s grassroots development approach, which has pioneered innovative and affordable climate change adaptive measures to help small farmers preserve their source of livelihood”.

USAID Adaptation to Climate Change in Agriculture project CoP, Mr. Petar Gjorgievski, along with a project’s technical expert, Prof. Dushko Mukaetov, PhD, a beneficiary farmer, Ms. Vaska Mojsovska, a representative of Local Action Group, Mr. Stole Gligorov, a representative of National Extension Agency, Ms. Savka Markudova, and a representative from the Rural Ddevelopment Network, Ms. Liljana Jonoski, also gave remarks.
The Rural Development Network of the Republic of Macedonia as implementer of the USAID Adaptation to Climate Change in Agriculture project, established a formal partnership with the National Extension Agency in order to strengthen capacity of Macedonia’s agricultural advisors, who will contribute to implementation of climate change applied practices and ensure the sustainability of the project’s cutting edge work over the long run.

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