Developing agroindustries in the Republic of Moldova: analysis of the honey and berry value chains

The ILO is conducting two Market Systems Analyses (MSA) with actionable results aiming to stimulate sustainable development in agroindustries in Moldova.

The ILO is conducting two Market Systems Analyses (MSA) with actionable results aiming to stimulate sustainable development in the honey and berry value chains in the Republic of Moldova.

In Moldova, the honey and berry value chains offer promising opportunities for local employment development and talent retention. Demand for honey is continuously growing, and so is the berry sector with Moldovan farmers growing both traditional berries (strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries and currants) and some new/prospective berries (blackberries, goji berries, blueberries). However, low levels of productivity are persistent and up to 90% of people working in agriculture in Moldova are in vulnerable employment.

As a response to this trend, the ILO conducts two Market Systems Analyses in order to address decent work deficits and explore the potential for job creation. The MSA methodology will explore the root causes that hinder sustainable growth. By understanding the constraints, the ILO will design interventions that help enterprises overcome obstacles and lead to more inclusive and sustainable growth. The goal is to create new employment opportunities for women, either through entrepreneurship, or through enterprises with additional capacities to employ new workers.

The project’s overall development objective is to understand the market constraints that limit job creation, better incomes and business performance, and to identify a set of evidence-informed actions that address and remove those constraints.

The project contributes to Moldova’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals, with particular emphasis on SDG targets 8.2 and 8.5.