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This database contains the most important reference projects implemented by ADT Project Consulting in recent years. Just select a country to view the referring projects.

112
EU Phare
Ministry of Agriculture and Food
10/2004 - 10/2007
1.597.526
40
5
Agrotec (Italy), AHT (Germany)

The project purpose was to improve the legal framework, identification and registration of small ruminants, better animal disease intelligence and the accreditation of the Central Veterinary Laboratory (IKV) in order to increase sheep and goat production as well as improve food safety.

In line with the global project purpose aiming at interventions in the field of veterinary legislation, animal identification and farm registration, veterinary epidemiology, and laboratory management, the project was subdivided into 5 major components:

  • The small ruminant I&R (identification & registration) project component (B)
  • The veterinary epidemiology project component (C)
  • The veterinary laboratory (IKV) project component (D)
  • The Information Technology project component (E) and
  • The I&R and veterinary legislation project component (F)

The legislation component comprised training courses on veterinary and animal health legislation and technical assistance on the assessment and drafting of animal health legislation (incl. tables of correspondence and impact studies).

- Preparation of an legislative and regulatory framework for an EU-compliant small ruminant I&R system
- Preparation and introduction of an Animal ID system for small ruminants in the Southern part of Albania (including design and procedures for tagging of ear tags, data capture, central database, hardware, training, awareness campaign and others)
- Assessment of the disease surveillance system and introduction of preventive control measures
- Identification and assessment of training needs of central and field veterinarians in epidemiology, development of a training programme
- Introduction of an QMS system and preparation of the certification and accreditation of the Veterinary Institute
- Provision of problem-oriented professional training and up-grading at the Veterinary Institute
- Changing of the existing IT solution for bovine I&R by inclusion of a Web-client in order to allow remote data entry and data retrieving through the Internet
- Introduction and testing of a comprehensive IT solution for the animal disease management
- Assessment of relevant existing veterinary legislation with regard to EU-compliance and amending of existing legal documents including I&R legislation

163
EU and German Government
GTZ International Services, Brussels
01/2010 - 04/2010
20.472
100
1

The overall objective of the assignment was to contribute to the preparation of the programme for agriculture and rural development for the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance in Rural Development (IPARD) for the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Consumer Protection (MAFCP), Republic of Albania.

The specific objectives of this assignment were:

(a)    The preparation of a sector study for the dairy sector in Albania in compliance with the regulatory frameworks set by the acquis communautaire and the Common Agriculture Policy, CAP.
(b)    The preparation of a SWOT analysis related to the dairy sector
(c)    The formulation of observations, findings and recommendations for IPARD implementation in the Republic of Albania.

The activities contributed to establish and strengthen the institutional and administrative capacities in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Consumer Protection to implement the IPARD programme (Capacity Building for Implementing the Rural Development Strategy). Important focus of the study was to analyse the situation in the milk sector related to food safety, environment protection, animal welfare and overall competitiveness and to identify measures to come closer to EU standards.

- Establish table of contents for the milk sector study
- Technical coordination of local experts and counterparts
- Preparation of questionnaires for field visits (cattle, sheep and goats farms, milk processors)
- Collection of statistical data and other quantitative and qualitative information of the milk sector (milk production and processing, overall farm structure, milk market chain, markets etc)
- Identification of national legislation / standards regarding food safety, public health, environmental protection, animal health and welfare, occupational safety relevant for dairy sector
- Carry out field visits related to the dairy sector
- Elaboration of SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threatening) for milk production and milk processing
- Carry out proposals for milk sector support relevant for the IPARD programme in Albania
- Preparation of milk sector study according to the requirements of EU and technical reports for GTZ
- Drafting the IPARD Measure Sheets and Templates for measure 1 and 2 from the point of view of the relevant sector.

148
TAIEX
GTZ International Services, Brussels
May 2007
1.500
100
1
Agrotec (Italy), AHT (Germany)

The aim of the TAIEX workshop was to inform and discuss various topics in the framework of the EU Zootechnical legislation for approximation of these provisions into the Albanian law. Several examples on the organisation of animal breeding in member states were given to demonstrate the several strategies on the application of the legislation under different conditions in the member states. The workshop focussed particularly on animal breeding and was intended to help Albania in preparing its own regulation on herd book breeding.

Presentations were given on the following items:

Example of approved Breeding Organisations: Organisational structures of breeding organisations in Germany with an overview of their scope of activities, financial management and state support and an outlook on other species (horses, pigs, sheeps and goats)
Performance Testing and Approval for Breeding - Experience from Germany: (1) Procedures for registration, milk recording, data processing and genetic evaluation, (2) Breeding programmes for Holstein, (3) Breeding programmes for Fleckvieh (Simmental)

113
USAID World Learning Third Country Training PTP
USAID
09 - 11/2005
29.215
100
9
Landeskontrollverband für Milchwirtschaft Niedersachsen

The objective of the training program was to provide participants of BiH with information and latest know-how of modern dairy herd management systems and programs aiming to support BiH dairy producers to improve milk production technology and management and to become more profitable. The training program demonstrated experiences and practical working methods of dairy herd improvement systems and programs in Germany and was meant to be the initial point to lead BiH in a process of setting-up a DHIP in their country. The focus of those meetings was to get a better understanding how to utilise milk recording under different circumstances of a specific farm and/or dairy herd and how the cost/benefit ratio can be evaluated. The participants should understand the options and organisational requirements of dairy herd improvement and service systems and the advantages of farmers to use better and up-to-date information to improve the profitability of dairy farms. Also the participants received detailed knowledge about the management and organizational aspects of dairy farm services and could observe practical working methods in recording, analysing production, breeding, feeding and profitability records. Finally the training program initiated and supported a discussion of participants and trainers about ideas and concepts and future programs to improve dairy herd management and related services in BiH under the specific conditions of the country.

A second aim of the training program was to facilitate a proper understanding of the back-office infrastructure and functions to maintain a professional DHIP. The participants should receive a good understanding of minimum standards of the system, of potential investment costs for technical equipment, of operating costs depending on the scope and scale of services and of necessary human resources and qualification.

- Preparation of an legislative and regulatory framework for an EU-compliant small ruminant I&R system
- Preparation and introduction of an Animal ID system for small ruminants in the Southern part of Albania (including design and procedures for tagging of ear tags, data capture, central database, hardware, training, awareness campaign and others)
- Assessment of the disease surveillance system and introduction of preventive control measures
- Identification and assessment of training needs of central and field veterinarians in epidemiology, development of a training programme
- Introduction of an QMS system and preparation of the certification and accreditation of the Veterinary Institute
- Provision of problem-oriented professional training and up-grading at the Veterinary Institute
- Changing of the existing IT solution for bovine I&R by inclusion of a Web-client in order to allow remote data entry and data retrieving through the Internet
- Introduction and testing of a comprehensive IT solution for the animal disease management
- Assessment of relevant existing veterinary legislation with regard to EU-compliance and amending of existing legal documents including I&R legislation

168
World Bank, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of Republika Srpska
Ministry of Agric., Forestry and WM of Rep Srpska
05-06/2011
68.747
50
5
Unternehmensberatung Dr. Karb GmbH

The aim of this project was the service for the production of complete technical requirements for the future information system for the Veterinary service of the Republic of Srpska that is, the project tasks for production of the information system (hereinafter referred to as: the information system). The end user is the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of the Republic of Srpska. The future information system ought to ensure a single database for the entire territory of the Republic of Srpska, in order to more efficiently perform the business processes, budget planning and monitoring of business trends in the veterinarian service of the Ministry. The technical description of the future information system needs to be conceptualized in a way that enables production of a functional information system for the needs of the end user, supporting interoperationability at all levels including automatic exchange of data with all organizations that the Ministry is obliged to exchange data with or has such a need.

The services in the production of the complete technical description of requirements for the information system should be carried out jointly by veterinary and IT experts and must entail:

- Functional analysis and parties involved
- Coverage of the information system
- Design of an IT and communication network system
- Review of the supporting technical documentation for each activity
- Review of recording/reporting requirements and administrative/technical modalities for each activity
- Development of a data model by applying an ER methodology
- Suggestions for the plan of implementation of the information system
- Standard documentation of the technical description of the information system
- Additional requirements set by the customer.

167
World Bank, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of Republika Srpska
Ministry of Agric., Forestry and WM of Rep Srpska
02/2010 - 07/2011
71.500
50
5
Unternehmensberatung Dr. Karb GmbH

The overall objectives of the project were to define carefully species of the animal covered users, existing country laws, best practices and information security. It was important that farmers, vets, slaughter houses, market places, DEOs, Agency, Government institutions etc. became integral parts of the project anticipating organizational and data flowelements as much as possible. System planning and design should have been based on previously performed assessments; it should implement results of performed gap analysis process and follow given recommendations.

In the first instance, the Consultant has been assigned with:

- Conducting an in-depth review and assessment of the legal basis and administrative arrangements for effectively enforcing on the ground the animal I&R system for bovines currently in place.
- Conducting an in-depth review of the techn. and IT aspects of the I&R system for bovines currently in place leading to informed recommendations of, either guidelines for upgrading the system or replacement of database and other changes in the system.
- Carrying out a critical evaluation of data already stored in the database leading to salvage of current and valid portions thereof.

In the second instance, the Consultant was assigned with designing and planning a new EU-compatible database, expanded to include sheep, goats and pigs with a suitable IT solutions and applications and guaranteeing safe and efficient storage and retrieving of data. Specifically, the Consultant(s) should develop the detailed architecture of new animal I&R system.

In the third instance, the Consultant prepared detailed technical specifications and accompanying tender documents for (i) the development of appropriate software for the designed IT application(s) of the new database, and (ii) the procurement of hardware equipment necessary to support it, both of which will be procured under subsequent tenders.

160
FAO
FAO
18.01.2010 - 22.02.2010
US$ 20.360.00
100
2

The overall objective was to carry out an in-depth analysis of the Botswana Livestock Information and Traceability System (LITS) with the following activities

  • to analyse the bolus based LITS system
  • to arrange a stakeholder workshop to get feedback on the expectations of outputs of LITS for the different categories of stakeholders and to include them into the analysis.

Analysis of the bolus based Livestock Information and Traceability System (LITS) system; the review was done through:

- Consultation - this targeted a wide range of stakeholders in Botswana who had varying responsibilities, perspectives and views
- Evidence collection - during the consultation process a range of data and other evidence associated with issues that stakeholders had experienced while working with the LITS system
- Database review - reviewed by way of sample testing of key automated controls and tracing a sample of transactions through the database, to assess the operation of the LITS application and the database itself
- Analysis - outcomes of the preceding processes were subject to analysis as presented in this report.
- Implementation of a two-days stakeholder workshop to get feedback on the expectations of outputs of LITS for the different categories of stakeholders and to include them into the analysis
- Working out recommendations for the improvement of the LITS in Botswana

116
German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ)
Ministry of Agriculture
11/1999-06/2007
3.363.851
25
5
IAK AGRAR Consulting GmbH Foundation for Entrepreneurship Development

The Project was aiming to improve the employment and to increase the income of the rural population in Bulgaria. Thus, the Project was strengthening private and state services in order to support agricultural and other small and medium enterprises in their economic development. The Project had identified concrete sub-projects for their support activities directed to the Lowetsch Montain Region and the Bulgarian Fruit and Wine Production such as the propagation of new fruit and wine seedlings, the improvement of milk hygiene and the genetic potential of cattle and sheep, the development of self-help-organisations (associations) and agricultural extension services and the initiation of new credit opportunities for the rural population.

- Agricultural Sector Analysis in the Lovetsch Montain Area;
- Analysis of Livestock Services;
- Organisational Advice to the fondation, development and management of a milk producer association;
- Technical assistance to the improvement of milk-hygiene and the modernisation of milk-collection points for cattle and sheep;
- Technical Assistance for applicants under the SAPARD Programme;
- Training of local staff in production technology, marketing, agro-business management, organization and association development

115
EU Phare
Republic of Bulgaria
09/2006 - 12/2007
721.610
10
14
IAK AGRAR Consulting GmbH Foundation for Entrepreneurship Development

The overall objective of the project was the preparation of the Bulgarian Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to administer the assistance for rural development under the CAP, as part of the preparation to EU accession.
The specific objectives of this contract were:

  • Quality up-to-date sector analyses prepared to assist the Rural Development Directorate of MAF in the preparation of the measures from the post-accession Rural Development Plan 2007-2013
  • Setting up the monitoring information system and operational data-base on rural areas for the post-accession Rural Development Plan 2007-2013.

- Sector analyses
- Define monitoring & evaluation indicators for the measures included in the post-accession Rural Development Program 2007-2013, reflecting the deficiencies identified in SAPARD
- Define expected values (results) of monitoring and evaluation indicators
- Review of current systems for collecting, processing and analyzing SAPARD monitoring data
- Define the necessary primary data about indicators
- Building upon the current SAPARD monitoring system, design of software in Bulgarian and English and set-up of the monitoring database for the projects under the RDP 2007-2013
- Test monitoring database software
- Prepare manuals in Bulgarian and English about monitoring data base software and provide training (4 seminars for 40 people 2 days each) on monitoring & evaluation of RDP
- Review of the current regional statistics database related to rural areas
- Identification of the regional primary data for economical and social development indicators
- Design of software in Bulgarian and English Prepare manuals in Bulgarian and English about regional statistics database and provide training (4 seminars for 40 people 2 days each) on monitoring regional rural development

114
EU Phare
Ministry of Agriculture
10/1999 - 11/2001
784.310
100
6

The Project targeted the practical testing of institutions and staff responsible for the implementation and management of SAPARD/Structural Funds at national, regional and local basis and the learning by doing the necessary skills for the Pilot Project contained one measure in order to improve dairy hygiene in accordance to the Directive 92/46 of the European Union. The beneficiaries of the Project under administrative strengthening were the Regional State Fund Agriculture, the National Agricultural Advisory Service, the Veterinary Service, the National Centre for Selection and Animal Reproduction, the Agency for Regional Development and Investment and the Municipalities of the Dobrich Region.

Up to the end of the project 47 applications of reimbursement were submitted by dairy farmers of the Dobrich Region. The resulting amount of investments contracted under the project is BGN 1,046,175. The Project successfully provided a large number of recommendations and lessons learnt for the practical implementation of Structural Funds in Bulgaria.

- Preparation & Implementation of a Mini-Operational Programme
- Production of an operational manual, brochures and application forms
- Mobilization of large number of field staff (more than 15 advisers) for implementation of the programme
- Administrative Capacity Building (by know how transfer and training)
- Study tour to EU-member states
- Public awareness campaign
- Monitoring of the improvement of milk quality in dairy farms
- Development of an extension service for dairy farms on the improvement of milk quality and the preparation of application in order to obtain EU structural funds.

170
German Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL)
Ministry of Agriculture of People’s Republic of China, National Animal Husbandry Service (NAHS)
11/2010 – 01/2015
1.395.313
100
15
Private sector partners: German Genetics International GmbH, Masterrrind GmbH, Besamungsverein Neustadt a.d. Aisch e.V. and Bayern Genetic GmbH

The objective of the project is to establish and support up to 10 demonstration farms of the German-Chinese Cooperation in Cattle Breeding in several Chinese provinces. The project aims to improve the performance of the three cattle breeds Holstein, Simmental and Brown Swiss under various production conditions within China.

Main topics in the cooperation with the demonstration farms are:

  • Improvement of cattle genetics
  • Education and Training of employees
  • Specific consultancy for the improvement of milk production, rearing and fattening, housing and cow comfort, hygiene and slurry handling
  • Long-term: Demonstration of the German genetics, technologies and know-how

The project is part of the Bilateral Cooperation Program of the BMEL and is implemented by ADT with partners of the German Agribusiness and the German livestock industry (German cattle breeding organisations Bayern-Genetik GmbH, Besamungsverein Neustadt a. d. Aisch e. V., German Genetics International GmbH und Masterrind GmbH).

The political partner in the country is the Ministry of Agriculture of China. The Chinese project implementation partner is the National Animal Husbandry Service (NAHS) in co-operation with the 10 demo farms in the provinces of Beijing, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Sichuan and Xinjiang.

For more information see: www.adt-rinderzucht-china.net

- Development of project concept, agreed with project partners and establishment of project infrastructure
- Selection of demonstration farms
- Training of specialists and executive staff of selected Chinese cattle breeding farms, service providers and institutions
- Provision of technical support and advice on cattle husbandry, breeding, feeding, fodder production, health, milk hygiene, dairy farm planning, cow comfort, slurry handling, reproduction, hoof trimming and herd management
- Provision of cattle genetics, software for farm management and other technologies
- Organisation of supra-regional symposiums concerning the German-Chinese Animal Breeding Centre
- Carry out study visits to Germany related to cattle production and expansion of future technical assistance on pigs and sheep production

188
German Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL)
Ministry of Agriculture of People’s Republic of China, National Animal Husbandry Service (NAHS)
01/02/2015 – 31/12/2017
1.914.997
100
1
Several private sector partners: GGI GmbH, Masterrrind GmbH, Besamungsverein Neustadt a.d. Aisch e.V. and Bayern Genetic GmbH

The objective of the bilateral cooperation (PPP) project is to contribute to a sustainable development of the livestock sector in China. It is envisaged that Chinese livestock keepers improved their performance, product quality and resource efficiency by the utilization of experiences, know-how and livestock genetics from Germany.

Main topics in the cooperation with the demonstration farms are:

  • Improvement of livestock genetics
  • Education and Training of employees
  • Extension of the number of demonstration farms to 11 (including pig demonstration farm)
  • Specific consultancy for the improvement of milk and meat production, rearing and fattening, housing and cow comfort, hygiene and slurry handling, farm management, feeding, milking etc
  • Capacity building in the field of agricultural advisory services
  • Planning, projecting and building of demo farm units for cattle and pig husbandry (AI-station, growing out farm, sow farm, dairy farm)
  • Regular exchange of experience on topics related to cattle and pig management
  • Elaboration of a concept to insert know-how and best livestock farming practices in the technical vocational education and training (TVET) system for livestock breeders in China
  • Long-term: Demonstration of the German genetics, technologies and know-how

The project is part of the Bilateral Cooperation Program of the BMEL and is implemented by ADT with partners of the German Agribusiness and the German livestock industry.

The political partner in the country is the Ministry of Agriculture of China. The Chinese project implementation partner is the National Animal Husbandry Service (NAHS) in co-operation with the up to 17 demo farms located in different provinces of China.

- Capacity building for the National Animal Husbandry Service (NAHS) to improve advisory services and dissemination of innovative technologies and best practices in livestock farming
- Selection of further demonstration farms
- Training of specialists and executive staff of selected Chinese cattle breeding farms, service providers and institutions
- Provision of technical support and advice on cattle husbandry, breeding, feeding, fodder production, health, milk hygiene, dairy farm planning, cow comfort, slurry handling, reproduction, hoof trimming and herd management
- Provision of cattle genetics, software for farm management and other technologies
- Organisation of supra-regional symposiums concerning the German-Chinese Animal Breeding Centre
- Carry out study visits to Germany related to cattle production, pig and sheep production

117
German Cattle Breeders Organisations
German Cattle Breeders Organisations
01/2004 - 12/2004
13.000
100
1

The objective was to analyse the current situation of livestock breeding in China and to identify possibilities for a future cooperation with companies and organisations of the German livestock sector.

One consultant has been provided by ADT for the assignment. Main activities were:

- Analysis of recently published documentations, statistics and reports about China’s livestock sector development;
- Discussion with Chinese livestock experts of Ministry, Universities, regional Livestock Centres, farmer managers and milk processors;
- Identification of specific areas and regions for future cooperation;
- Potential analysis;
- Reporting and presentation of findings and recommendations.

118
German Ministry of Economic Co-operation and Development (BMZ)
Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ)
03/2006 – 10/2006
36.698
100
1

The overall objective of the project was to support the food industry of Croatia to approximate EU standards. On micro level the project supports the improvement of specific traditional Croatian food.
The Consultant gave technical assistance and training to the local meat producers to adapt the products to the new markets and to improve the product and production standard.
Advisory to the association of Kulin for strengthening the association and support to the protection of origin of their products.
Introduction to European standards (i.e. HACCP) and certification, promotion of exports and new technologies

- Training in food hygiene, good hygiene practice and implementation of HACCP;
- Technical assistance to support the building of an advisory centre for small and medium-sized meat (Kulen) producer in the region Slavonia;
- Training and coaching of a local expert at the Kulen advisory centre;
- Development of adisory tools inclusive HACCP manual; Information and consulting on meat processing technologies according to EU standard;
- Information and consulting on marketing and export promotion;
- Carry out one week study tour to EU member states (standards of meat production, protection of geographical indications and designations of origin for meat products according to relevant EU directives, development of high value regional food chain structures and concepts, advisory systems, ecological meat production, implementation of new EC food hygiene law, etc.)

119
FAO
University of Cairo
1996 - 1997
90.000
100
4

Introduction of dairy herd improvement system (DHIS) including organisations of milk recording, milk quality analysis and the development of a data base

- Assessment of a dairy milk production and institutional framework of an dairy sector
- Review of the situation of the on-going DHIS-system including milk laboratories, equipment, instruments, hard- and software and logistics
- Assistance in the procurement of milk laboratory and data processing equipment
- Assistance in the set-up of the newly planned milk recording system

120
EU Phare
Estonian Ministry of Agriculture Viljandi and Pärnu
1996 - 1999
450.000
50
11

The project was aiming to improve the Porc Production Systems in in the regions of Paernu and Viljandi. Specific advice was given to the large scale farm of Ekseko near Viljandi in order to improve their economic situation and to adapt their production system to the relevant legal requirements in regard to animal health, environment, animal welfare and product quality. A training programme for medium-sized farms was developed and implemented together with the Estonian agricultural advisory service.

- Ecologically safe Production of Pork
- Improvement of Feeding efficiency and Meat Quality
- Improvement of Feeding Technology and Feed Quality
- Management and Economics of Pork Production
- Training of Pig Production Specialists and Extension Personnel
- Assistance in slurry storage, handling and distribution technology

190
Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) for UsAid
Ministry of Livestock of Ethiopia
02/2016 – 06/2017
300.000 US$
40
2
Unternehmensberatung Dr. Karb GmbH, Germany

The aim of this project is to execute the development and implementation of the Livestock Information and Traceability System (LITS database) in Ethiopia.

  1. Brief desk study from the Service Provider’s head office
  2. Initial field visit of three experts. This expert mission includes 15 working days of the IT System Architect, 15 working days of the AIT Business Analyst and 10 working days of the AIT Field Operations expert.
  3. Elaboration of the technology specifications for the procurement for hosting and backing up the database
  4. Development of comprehensive LITS database Based on the agreed specifications the Service Provider customized the software by adaptation the relevant parameters, layouts and workflows.
  5. Provision of user manuals User manuals were provided for database administrators and for end users in English language.
  6. Presentation of the software and manuals In the course of a second expert mission to Addis Ababa the Service Provider will present the customized software and the corresponding manuals.
  7. Training of trainers on utilization of the database The Service Provider provided a training by the AIT Business Analyst of 15 working days in Addis Ababa.
  8. Training of database manager on maintenance of the database and its software The Service Provider will provide a training by the AIT Lead Developer 5 working days in Addis Ababa.
  9. Maintenance and Support The Service Provider’s support team will be available during business hours (9:00 – 17:00 CET) Monday through Friday providing third level support. First and second level support shall be organized by local staff of the organisation.
  10. Service Warranty The Service Provider will implement the LITS according to the agreed final specifications.

- Installation of the complete infrastructure and the standard software in the test environment of the beneficiary,
- Elaboration of the specifications for the parameterization of the software; preparation of a Technical Programming Concept (TPC) with a detailed description of all functionalities of the AIT application (business processes, use cases, data elements) and interaction with workflows in the field, devices and data capture forms
- Technology Specification and parameterization of the software
- Preparation of user manuals and training manuals for different user groups
- Trainings (TOT and end-user training)
- Handing over of source code and provision of the national perpetual license for the Government of Ethiopia
- Support and maintenance services according this Service Agreement

122
OOO GEA Westfalia Surge Moscow, Agrarlis GmbH
Westfalia Surge, Agrarlis GmbH
03/2006 – 10/2011
650.293
30
14
Agriculture Training Centre Haus Düsse, Several Large Dairy Farms in Germany

The objective of the training activities was to improve the knowledge of Russian dairy herd managers to enable them to implement modern production and management standards.
Key areas of the training were:

  • Cattle breeding
  • Raising quality of milk production
  • Milk hygiene and udder health
  • Milk quality and milking technology
  • Dairy herd management including management tools
  • Fodder production and feeding systems
  • Management of large dairy herds
  • Veterinary services and prophylaxis for dairy farms
  • Fertility management of dairy cows
  • Cow comfort and construction of modern barns
  • Management of calves and heifers
  • Claw trimming
  • Economic aspects of successful dairy farm management

- Training needs assessment and preparation of training concept
- Organisation and management of several intensive training courses: 4-weeks training courses in Germany which include 2-weeks training at the agricultural training centre Haus Düsse in North-Rhine-Westphalia and 2-weeks practical exercises & training on several large dairy farms in Germany
- Selection and mobilisation of trainers
- Preparation of training materials and translation to Russian language
- Organisation of logistical arrangements of training activities
- Organise and implement monitoring and evaluation procedures of training activities
- Operational management of project implementation and backstopping
- Contract management and accounting

186
German Cattle Breeders Association (ADR)
German Cattle Breeders Association (ADR)
01 – 03/2013
10.976
100
1

The consultancy was part and contributed to a strategic planning of the organized German cattle breeding representation.

-Analysis of the tasks in ADR and other umbrella organizations with preparation and introductory talks with managing directors of the different organizations, conducting interviews with the employees of the involved organizations, documentation and evaluation of the results, realization of a workshop with managing directors of participating associations and final documentation)
-Preparation and moderation of closed-door meeting with member organizations

169
Allgäuer Herdebuchgesellschaft (AHG)
Allgäuer Herdebuchgesellschaft (AHG)
10/2010 - 10/2011
11.373
100
1

Consultancy service for further development of Allgäuer Herdebuchgesellschaft (AHG)

- Analysis of the organizational structure and services of the association for members and other stakeholders
- Conducting of a survey and elaboration of a prognosis on major conditions including market and competition
- Identification of needs for action / starting points for a future development of AHG
- Preparation of a draft interim report and discussion of the findings with the board of AHG
- Preparation of a Final report and presentation of the findings to the advisory board and the assembly of members

147
German Cattle Breeders Association (ADR)
German Cattle Breeders Association (ADR)
12/2006 – 03/2007
2.800
100
1

The objective of the workshop was to undertake an analysis on the current situation of milk recording associations in Germany and to elaborate a strategy for the future development.

- Moderation of the workshop
- Analysis of strengths and weaknesses
- Discussion about the challenges of the new livestock breeding law: organisational and structural consequences for the recording associations (introduction of new tasks, cost efficiency of offered services, cooperation with breeding organisations and other partners etc.)
- Drafting of three models for future cooperation with breeding organisations

121
BHZP Cooperation Union
BHZP Cooperation Union
07/2003 - 12/2003
22.400
100
1

The objective of the contract was to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of the German Hybrid Pig Breeding Programme (BHZP) and to provide information to the members of the BHZP Cooperation Union to determine the future pig breeding strategy in the competitive environment.

- Strengths and weaknesses analysis of the current system
- Analysis of future framework on pig production in the EU
- Analysis of pig market development in EU member states and impacts on pig breeding programmes
- Potential analysis of the pig breeding programme BHZP
- Elaboration of workshop
- Advice on future strategy
- Reporting

189
GFA Consulting Group BMEL
Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare (DAC&FW), Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare of the Republic of India Department of Agriculture and Cooperation of the Government of Telangana (DAC/GoT)
01/2017 – 12/2018
739.993
65
20
Sortenfördergesellschaft mbH (SFG) German Plant Breeders' Association (BDP)

Overall objective: To support the Indian seed industry in providing Indian farmers with high-quality seeds, strengthening its competitive position, and improving conditions for international cooperation.

Project objective: Areas with potential for improvement in the fields of legal and political frameworks, production, processing and marketing of high-quality seeds in India will have been identified and will have been implemented in the Federal State of Telangana as example on regional level.

Results to be achieved:

  • Establish an ongoing dialogue between German and Indian organisations as well as authorities on legal and political frameworks and on potential areas of improvement in producing, processing and marketing high-quality seeds
  • Increasing harmonisation of procedures and technical methods for registering and identifying seed with international standards, creating the basis for strengthening the seed and variety protection system
  • Strengthening of the Seed Bowl initiative in the state of Telangana thanks to selected measures to improve production, processing and marketing of high-quality seeds in cooperation with government bodies and the private sector.

- Developing a baseline study on legal and political frameworks in the seed sector
- Organising one symposium, study trips and side events
- Communicating the recommendations derived from the above mentioned results to the political authorities
- Preparing a draft for faster and better-coordinated DUS/VCU testing procedures
- Carrying out focused and field-based training courses on DUS/VCU methods in India (potential crops: cereals, oilseeds, pulses, sugar beet)
- Carrying out training courses on automated DUS/VCU test procedures in Germany
- Strategic advice to the Telangana Ministry of Agriculture on implementing the Seed Bowl initiative
- Advising the Telangana State Seed and Organic Certification Agency (TSSOCA) on developing a certification
- Developing a study on the possibility of introducing organic certification for seeds in Telangana
- Preparing a market potential analysis for international / European seed producers and downstream sectors

183
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
Ministry of Agriculture, Agro-Investment Corporation
12/2013–03/2015
150.218
53
5
Unternehmensberatung Dr. Karb GmbH

Implementation of a National Animal Identification System in Jamaica following on from previous works done in that area between 2009 and 2010 with the following deliverables:

  1. Detailed implementation plan with updated technical requirements and specifications and proposal for organization of the national AIT system
  2. Report on the Technical Programming Concept (TPC), Source Code and the documentation of the AIT application; delivery of the AIT application
  3. Report on the introduction of the AIT application
  4. Report on the tagging process for one species

- Provide a detailed implementation plan which includes the updated technical requirements/specifications (to include equipment and materials for tagging, hardware and software needs for hosting etc.) and proposal for organization of the AIT system
- Carry out GAP analysis and production of the Technical Programming Concept (TPC)
- Deliver of a functioning Animal Identification and Traceability (AIT) system database application
- Provide a source code of the application
- Provide relevant programme documentation
- Programme customization
- Carry out training of trainers
- Prepare user Manuals for various user groups
- Guide the initial start of the tagging process for at least one species

156
Inter-American Development Bank
Agricultural Support Services
07/2009 - 11/2009
119.518
70
4
Unternehmensberatung Dr. Karb GmbH, Germany, Institut de l'Elevage, France

The objective of this consultancy was to guide the Ministry of Agriculture in the implementation of a national animal identification system for Jamaica.

- Defining and documenting the proposed national animal identification system. The current focus is on cattle, however, the prototype developed must be applicable to other species of farm animals.
- Determining the economic cost and impact of the national animal identification system with recommendations for financing.
- Assisting in the drafting of appropriate legislation and regulations aimed at facilitating the national animal identification system.

171
German Ministry for Food and Agriculture (BMEL)
BMEL/ GFA bilateral cooperation programmen
11/10 - 12/13 & 01/14 - 12/16
2.511.270
35
5
Eastern Europe Department of University Hohenheim, DEULA Germany

The aim of this Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project is to provide practical knowledge and skills to specialists and farm managers in Kasachstan and to support the further development of the education and vocational training system in Kasachstan in agriculture sector.

Overall activities are the establishment and operation of a German Agricultural Training and Information Centre in North-Kasachstan to provide training, information and field demonstration of modern farm technologies in crop production, fodder production, handling of farm machinery and cattle production.

ADT is implementing the project together with the University of Hohenheim and DEULA Network Germany. Further partners are agribusiness companies who are providing modern technologies, machinery, equipment, seeds, animal genetic or other production means for innovative farms in Kasachstan.

The project implementation partner in Kasachstan is JSC KazAgroInnovations (KAI) of the Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan. KAI is responsible for agricultural research, extension and training in agriculture sector.

The project is providing training, information and practical demonstration for staff of agricultural enterprises and agricultural education & training institutions in Kazakhstan to support the successful introduction of modern technologies

From 2011 to 2014 about 130 seminars with more than 2,400 participants have been implemented. Each year a field day on more than 40 hectares have been organized close to the DAZ center in Chaglinka close to the city Kokschetau about 300 km north of Astana.

The seminars in cattle sector (milk and beef production) are covering forage production in dry areas, cattle feeding management, reproduction management, animal health & veterinary services, cattle breeding, milk hygiene and udder health, hoof trimming, construction and re-construction of cattle barns, suckler cow management, herd management, work organisation and controlling, farm economics and further topics.

More information on: www.daz-kasachstan.net

- Establishment of an German Agricultural Training and Information Centre in Kasachstan (DAZ)
- Institution building of training centre for modern agricultural technologies
- Elaboration of annual training programme with partners of the project
- Curricula development and elaboration of tailor-made training courses for farm managers, technical farm workers and trainers of the agricultural education and training institutions
- Recruitment of trainers and participants for training courses
- Provision of an extensive training programme and trainers in Kazakhstan for modern agriculture technologies
- Advisory support to innovative farms to optimise their production technologies
- Organisation of field days to demonstrate improved agriculture technologies under practical conditions
- Cross-linking DAZ with Kazakh organizations in the livestock sector
- Implementation of specific vocational training for the different target groups (grain, oil seeds, forage, potato, handling machinery, milk production, beef production)
- Support to the cross-linking with the German agribusiness.

123
European Agency for Reconstruction (EAR)
Kosovo Public Veterinary Services
06/2002 - 03/2005
1.369.689
30
3
GRM International BV, GFA Terra Systems GmbH

The aim of the project was to:

  • support livestock production, trade and veterinary public health by improving animal health surveillance, disease control programmes and veterinary border inspection;
  • improve food safety and thus consumer protection, by assisting in the implementation of monitoring and surveillance of food of animal origin, drug and residue surveillance and control of food imports;
  • ensure appropiate standards of animal welfare by monitoring and providing advice to animal husbandry (livestock and pet animals), by monitoring of stray cats and dogs, animal transport and livestock slaughtering practices.

The Project covered all aspects relevant for the institution building and strengthening of a public veterinary administration such as:

  • Prevention and control of transmissible animal diseases (list A and B OIE)
  • Development of identification and movement control system for cattle and sheep
  • Border inspection post control
  • Drug and residue surveillance
  • Food and hygiene control
  • Ante and post mortem meat inspection in slaughterhouses
  • Animal welfare
  • Veterinary drug licensing
  • Capacity building for the Kosovo veterinary laboratory

The project included a veterinary and food safety legislation component and provided technical assistance tot the drafting of veterinary and food safety legislation in the areas mentioned above.

- Prevention and control of transmissible animal diseases (list A and B OIE) and zoonotic diseases
- Identification and movement control system for cattle and sheep
- Border inspection post control
- Drug and residue surveillance
- Food and hygiene control
- Ante and post mortem meat inspection in slaughterhouses
- Animal welfare as it applies to animal and food of animal origin production
- Veterinary drug licensing
- Capacity building for the Kosovo veterinary laboratory
- Strengthening of the KVS in its organisation and effective structure
- Development of a comprehensive veterinary legislation
- Preparation of a longer term strategy for the development of the KVS (Kosovo Veterinary Service)

165
German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ)
Ministry of Agriculture
04/2009 – 05/2009
25.730
100
2

The aim of this project was to analyze the beef value chain with its stakeholders, marketing channels, flow of commodity (live animals & beef), price development, production systems and related profitability, and to examine improvement options including organization, services, marketing, financing and policy. A similar however very quick review has to be done on Merino sheep production. Industry issues and questions to be answered by the project were defined, and improvement paths identified through interviews with key informants, through field missions and by participating in a stakeholders’ workshop organized by the project. One of the authors looked particularly into the animal health and food safety situation. The report was based on own interviews, reports of the GTZ project and reports of other projects (WB, EU; etc.).

- Analysing the beef value chain
- Analysing the value chain for Kyrgyz merino sheep wool
- Analysing the animal health and food safety situation
- Recommendations for strengthening the beef and merino sheep sector

125
German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ)
German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ)
1999 - 2003
320.000
100
8

Initiation of a private cattle breeding association and the establishment of herd-book, extension and cattle marketing services for its members

- Assistance in the reorganisation of private cattle breeding services in Lithuania
- Improvement of the Lithuanian milk processing industry and their adaption to the European market

124
EU Phare
GTZ International Services, Brussels
1995 - 1997
500.000
80
5

Modernisation of the State animal Breeding Centre in Vilnius and the Central State of Laboratory Milk Recording

- Harmonisation of the animal breeding, veterinary and milk quality legislation with the EU-Standard
- Procurement of milk quality analysis equipment
- Advice on the improvement of milking, milk handling and collection
- Elaboration of an greement between dairy farmers and the milk processing industry on the payment of milk according to milk quality

166
European Delegation in Skopje (EU IPA)
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Economy (MAFWE)
11/2010 - 05/2012
676.191
65
3
Landwirtschaftskammer Niedersachsen, Geodetski zavod Celje d.o.o. (GZC), GISS d.o.o.

The specific objective of the project was to provide TA to the MAFWE and the IPARD Paying Agency in order to strengthen the national and regional capabilities that are required to tackle the priorities for EU alignment and market-orientated reforms and development in the sector, focusing in particular on development and implementation of Agri-environmental measures.

The results were:

Further alignment achieved in the field of agri-environmental legislation

  • National legislation approximated to the EU Acquis in the area of agri-environment; and
  • Regulatory background developed and adopted.

Development and implementation of agri-environmental policy and associated administrative capacity

  • National Agri-Environmental Programme developed;
  • Pilot agri-environmental measures implemented by the IPARD PA; and
  • Administrative structures competent to deal with the tasks emerging from EU integration in the sector.

Development of IPARD PA capacity to manage and control agri-environmental support programmes

  • IPARD PA capable to manage/control agriculture funds dedicated to Agri - Environmental measures; and
    • Methodology for payment calculations and agri-environmental schemes on farm level developed by/for the IPARD PA.

Reference person at Delegation of European Union in Skopje:  John Barker, Programme Manager for Agriculture Fisheries and Rural Development, Tel  + 389 2 32 48 579,  John.BARKER@eeas.europa.eu

- Assessment of legal and regulatory framework for Agri-environment measures (AEM)
- Assist alignment of primary and secondary legislation relevant for AEM
- Assist drafting specific legislative documents for MAFWE and Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning (MoEPP)
- Training needs assessment and preparation of training programs on different topics related to AEM
- Preparation and implementation public awareness campaign
- Elaboration of pilot measures and sub-measures to be funded under the IPARD program
- Facilitation of the consultation process with relevant stakeholder in the country (environmental NGOs, farmer associations, extension services, scientific institutions etc.)
- Preparation of detailed regulations for pilot Agri-environment measures under IPARD and support approval process
- Assist accreditation process of Paying Agency for AEM
- Development of Agri-environmental management and information system as part of the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS)

128
European Agency for Reconstruction (EAR)
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry of Macedonia
11/2004 - 04/2007
984.534
50
11
GFA Consulting Group GmbH, Germany

The project consisted of three components:

1. Completion of the bovine I&R system in line with relevant EU and FYR Macedonian legislation including all components at field level and in the central database. (The target was to achieve that more than 90% of the cattle population are tagged, identified, registered and their movements recorded.)

2. Preparation of a detailed concept, system design and implementation plan for extending the present I&R system to ovine and caprine animals in line with EU legal requirements; harmonization of the relevant legislation; design of a small ruminant holding census; establishment of a sheep and goat holding register.

3. Preparation of a concept, system design and implementation plan for developing an integrated animal I&R and veterinary surveillance network, including agreed solution, technical design, workflow and information flow, data model and tender documents for procurement of all system components; elaboration of a veterinary information system for all ruminants at the individual holding, herd/flock and animal level; the design should have taken into account the future development of other VD and Ministry systems such as a complete animal holding register (pigs and others), concept of farm register (integrated for all farms or separate animal farm register), integrated administration and control system (IACS) and GIS.

- Provision of hands on management assistance to first tagging and registration of all cattle, updating of holding information, entry and validation of data on the central data base.
- Assist in planning and monitoring of first tagging which will took three to five months during the winter period when cattle are housed in stables.
- Identify needs, design and provide further training as required for farmers, slaughterhouse operators, field veterinarians, inspectors, and central HQ staff
- Support to establish a functioning and sustainable I&R Unit
- Design and introduce computer based budgeting and accounting system for I&R operations and develop a financing concept to make I&R system operations progressively independent from the treasury from 2007 onwards
- Prepare a realistic concept in compliance with EU requirements relating to sheep and goat I&R
- Preparation of an implementation strategy, including: procurement timetable, hardware and software installation and testing programme, training requirements, awareness and publicity campaigns
- Define additional software functions required by the Veterinary Directorate for both I&R and veterinary surveillance

127
European Agency for Reconstruction (EAR)
Public Veterinary Inspection Service of FYR Macedonia
12/2003 – 11/2004
194.991
80
8
Hunting Technical Services Ltd. (HTS), England; GFA Consulting Group, Germany

The global objective of the project was to strengthen the legal and operational base of FYR Macedonia public veterinary services with a view to meeting the government's obligations under the Stabilization and Association Agreement, thereby improving the country's animal and veterinary public health status and safeguard its trade relations.
The specific outputs of the project were:

  • Analysis of the legal framework (in particular the requirements of the FYR  Macedonian constitution to have any restriction of individual freedoms of the citizans laid down in primary legislation); Analysis and extraction of EU legal veterinary documents; Elaboration of a long-term legal approximation programme to the EU veterinary acquis
  • Drafting of a new Veterinary Law

- Chapter One on the organisation and operation of the veterinary sector, comprising, inter alia, the State veterinary service with field and border inspections; Integration of the official veterinarian into the law; Intergration of the approved veterinarian; the national veterinary reference laboratory; the establishment of crisis centres and contingency (crisis) plans in preparation for the outbreak of epizootic diseases; the information system and the veterinary chamber

- Chapter Two on National Disease control and eradication

- Chapter Three contains a comprehensive collection of EU veterinary acquis provisions on the import and transit of animals and products of animal origin

- Chapter Four provides for the absorpion of the new legal framework into the FYR Macedonian Annual order of the State for preventing and eradication contagious and parasitic diseases in animals

- Chapter Five, Supervision, Chapter Six, Sanctions and Chapter Seven, Final Provisions are integrating the new legal substance into the FYR Macedonian veterinay structures and legal norms

  • Preparation of an Impact study, Preparation of tables of correspondence , Public presentation of the draft law, Preparation of a Certified translation from English into Macedonian of the draft Veterinary Law

- Preparation of a new EU-Acquis compliant Veterinary Law
- Assessment of the cost of implementation, institutional implications and training requirements
- Preparation of the format, framework, estimate of expert time and other input requirements for the drafting of priority secondary legislation to be based on the new Veterinary Law. This included a proposal for structure, mechanism and workflow model for a legal unit in the Veterinary Directorate(VD) capable of managing further alignment with the Acquis with a minimum of outside direction.

126
European Agency for Reconstruction (EAR)
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Economy
06/2002-12/2004
691.780
50
6
GFA Consulting Group GmbH, Germany

The Project was aiming to support the livestock sector in its efforts to comply with international standard requirements, particularly in relation to the establishment of national animal identification systems. The Project should assist the State Veterinary Service to achieve the veterinary surveillance network in the country as required by the EU legislation and to define the requirements for the national cattle I & R system, complying in all respects with EU legislation and international standards (i.e. database, ear tags, passports, farm registers, movement reporting, tracing etc).
The roll-out of the system including first tagging and registration has successfully started in the end of November 2004.

In that time, the I&R law became the first legal act in the agriculture and food sector harmonized with the EU Acquis and which was successfully enacted by the Macedonian Parliament.

- Preparation of an evaluation report of pilot projects in three municipalities
- Elaboration of a Strategy plan for the implementation of the I&R system in the country including the organisational structure, communication plan, the functional design of the I&R system and a draft for technical architecture of the hardware
- Assistance in the development and implementation of a computerized database system
- Training of technical staff and end-users
- Review and draft relevant legislation for the bovine I&R system
- Preparation and Implementation of publicity strategy

192
Deutsche Gesellschaft für international Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
National Food Safety Agency (NFSA)
08/2016 – 03/2018
449.695
65
15
GFA Consulting Group GmbH

On June 27, 2014, the Republic of Moldova signed an Association Agreement with the EU, which includes a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA). Among other, the Agreement provides for a framework of comprehensive harmonization of the Moldovan food safety system with the Acquis Communautaire. The main challenge is to fulfil the commitments agreed upon, as the National Food Safety Agency (NFSA) is currently not able fully perform competent and independent controls of food products according to the provisions of the Association Agreement.

Since 2013, the NFSA has endeavored to acquire the ISO/IEC 17020 accreditation. Thus, it has tried to prove that it has the necessary competence to perform efficient and independent inspections. Acquiring an ISO/IEC 17020 accreditation will contribute to gaining access to the global market and facilitating exports to the EU. Besides, the NFSA has also endeavored to receive an international ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation for the Republican Centre of Veterinary Diagnostics (RCVD) for food and veterinary health laboratories.

The overall objective of the GIZ programme is to increase consumer food safety by strengthening the capacity of the National Food Safety Authority (NFSA) and to facilitate international trade in the Republic of Moldova. The NFSA shall ensure the food safety from production of raw animal products to the distribution of food of animal origin to Moldovan consumers as well as their exports into the EU.

The services to be provided by the project are to support the GIZ programme in all aspects to achieve this overall objective. The expected impact of the project activities is to strengthen the competence and capability of the NFSA in the relevant areas. In practice, this will mean that the NFSA will have the required competence to perform official controls of food products of animal origin in compliance with the provisions of the Moldova-EU Association Agreement.  The main intervention areas of the services shall include:

  1. Assistance in elaboration of a quality management system and development of working procedures
  2. Training of inspectors
  3. Quality assurance through internal audits
  4.  Implementation of the EU recommendations and upgrading of animal origin food establishments.

Assistance in elaboration of a quality management system and development of working procedures:
- Assistance in establishing a quality management system based on ISO 17020 standard
- Assistance in drafting and implementation of the national working procedures (NWP) that are in line with ISO/IEC 17020 (inspection bodies)

Training of Inspectors:
- Provide training to NFSA staff on the application of the draft working procedures
- Prepare risk based inspection criteria and planning-focused approach to animal origin food
- Drafting of annual inspection programs and sampling plans

Quality assurance through internal audits:
- Assessment of the NFSA Internal audit system
- Providing a series of trainings for the NFSA staff at the central and regional level
- Follow-up - evaluation of the implemented recommendations from the internal audit reports
- Assess poultry, eggs and milk establishments willing to undergo the up-grading process for the EU market
- Monitor the implementation of the up-grading plans and processes

164
Deutsche Gesellschaft für international Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ)
06/2010 - 10/2010
60.491
100
4

The overall objective of the assignment was to contribute to the preparation of the IPARD programme for the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management (MAFWM) of Montenegro.

The specific objectives of this assignment were:

(a) The preparation of meat sector study in Montenegro in compliance with the regulatory frameworks set by the acquis communautaire and the CAP.
(b) The preparation of a SWOT analysis related to the meat sector
(c) Identification of constraints and areas for interventions
(d) Formulation of observations, findings and recommendations for IPARD implementation in the Republic of Montenegro.

The activities aimed to contribute to establish and strengthen the institutional and administrative capacities in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Consumer Protection to implement the IPARD programme (Capacity Building for Implementing the Rural Development Strategy).Reference person at GIZ: Mrs. Ute Dannenmann

- Proposal of a detailed work plan including a data and information collecting methodology reflecting the data availability and data needs in order to prepare the sector study, including descriptions of data collection methods appropriate for the preparation of the sector study.
- Desk studies
- Design and adjustment of data collection methodology in detail and design of questionnaires
- Field work (statistical analyses, stakeholder interviews, case studies, focus group meetings etc.)
- SWOT analyses
- Workshops and meetings to discuss findings and preliminary recommendations
- Stakeholder consultations
- Elaboration of the sector study

159
EU CARDS
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management (MAFWM)
08/2009 – 05/2011
933.051
67
13
Unternehmensberatung Dr. Karb GmbH; Institut de l’Elevage

The overall objective of the project of which this contract has been a part was to improve food safety standards of animal origin. The scope of the Consultant’s work was technical assistance and institution building support.

The project aimed to strengthen the formerly started bovine I&R system and to expand the concept to sheep and goats. This included the creation of a computerised holding register of sheep and goat holdings in line with EU standards and the review and harmonisation of legislation and the development for an integrated animal I&R and Veterinary Information System (VIS) including animal disease surveillance for bovine, ovine and caprine species including detailed implementation, staffing and financial plans and obtain approval for this system with the possibility of future expansion to other animal species.

The amended I&R Law and the Rulebook for small ruminants were published. Movement reporting (including slaughter declaration) of local Montenegrin cattle increased considerably (+61%).  The farmers cleaned their cattle register for correct subsidy application.

The country-wide small ruminant tagging and the related field operations started in the beginning of April 2011. As per mid June 2011, the database reported that 164,234 small ruminants were tagged.

The project modelled the eradication workflows for four major diseases (Brucellosis of bovine, Brucellosis of small ruminants, Leucosis of bovine and TBC) in close co-operation with the beneficiary using a standardized form (Business Process Modelling Notation/BPMN). Parts of the VIS were tested together with tagging, sample management (blood samples were taken) and the LIMS. The VIS became productive by the beginning of 4 May 2011.

- Support of the I&R Unit of the VD in operating the newly introduced bovine I&R, assist in improving and completing the system where necessary
- Complete /Update Bovine I&R legislation in line with current EU legal requirements i.e. illegal livestock markets, animal carcass rendering, home slaughtering. The primary I&R Legislation (I&R Law) has been amended with provisions for small ruminants in accordance with EU legal provisions, which were presented in a ToC (Table of Correspondence). Preparation of secondary legislation (Book of Rules) for ovine and caprine I&R in line with current EU legislation.
- Design the sheep and goat holding register and I&R system
- Procurement of IT equipment, supplies and services and securing its delivery, installation and operation for holding register, I&R and a laboratory information system; software development and integration of components in a veterinary information system (VIS)
- Create awareness with stakeholders and the general public of the expanded I&R and VI systems, including the preparation of training materials and handbooks and publicity / print materials
- Provision of appropriate training for participants at all levels to make the VIS operational with respect to I&R of the bovine, ovine and caprine species and veterinary disease surveillance

130
German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ)
SMEDA
05/2005 - 08/2005
11.127
100
1

In collaboration with the Agency for Development of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEDA) the Consultant prepared a study on the meat sector in Montenegro. The study was aiming to support relevant stakeholders of the meat sector to develop a strategy for the further development of the sector. The study comprises beef, sheep meat, porc and poultry and analyzed the value chains from primary production to consumption. Special attention was given to the production of Njeguschi ham and future opportunities of marketing this product to EU member states.

- Preparation of a presentation on the meat sector in Germany and EU member states;
- Analysis of volume and growth of different sub-sectors of the meat production, processing and marketing chain (beef, sheep meat, porc and poultry) in Montenegro;
- Characterisation of value chains in the meat sector and assessment of constraints and opportunities for the further development of the meat sector in Montenegro;
- Analysis of the impact of tourism on the total meat consumption in Montenegro;
- Identification of constraints of raw material supply for the meat processing industry in Montenegro;
- Identification of key intervention areas for the further development of the meat sector in Montenegro;
- Organisation and moderation of a workshop with stakeholders of the meat sector

129
EU CARDS
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management (MAFWM)
03/2006 -03/2008
960.752
70
20
GFA Consulting Group GmbH

The overall objectives of the project were to

(1) improve the development of the livestock sector in Montenegro ensuring the protection of animal health and control of veterinary public health and to

(2) facilitate the introduction of an EU-compliant food safety control system for products of animal origin enabling full traceability of all animal movements (stable-to-table approach).

The specific objective included the development of a concept, system design and implementation plan for an integrated animal I&R and veterinary surveillance network. The project had to create a computerised register of cattle holdings that meets current EU standards and that forms a model for future extension to other livestock. The holding register has to be usable for different agricultural management databases. Further, an integrated system of identification and registration of cattle in line with EU standards had to be implemented. The computerised system should include comprehensive recording of all births, deaths, slaughters and movements, and should have the capacity to interface with other agricultural systems so as to avoid duplication of data collection.

- Assist the MAFWM to develop and implement a national policy and strategy for animal I&R and movement control
- Drafting of an Animal I&R Law
- Preparation of system design and operating procedures
- Supply of equipment and materials
- Preparation of a communications strategy and training
- Initial holding and animal registration and ongoing operation of the system

179
German Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL)
GFA/ BMEL
10/2012 – 12/2015
1.265.000
50
3
AFC International GmbH

The aim of this Public Private Partnership (PPP) Project is to develop and operate a Training and Information Centre (Centre de Conseil Agricole Maroco-Allemand - CECAMA) in Sidi Slimane in the North of Morocco where agricultural producers, farmers and their associations, public and private extension staff and other partners in the agricultural value chain can obtain information on modern agricultural technology and cultivation methods. The Centre is offering workshops, seminars and field days on a variety of relevant subjects, to enable participants to apply the new knowledge on their farms and thus, contribute to the development of a modern Moroccan agriculture.

The priority agricultural areas of the project are crop production (mainly cereals, forage and potatoes), farm machinery and cattle production. In addition, the project envisages a close collaboration with three existing demonstration farms to show practical application and the efficiency of new agricultural technologies.

The project also aims to contribute to the further development of agricultural education system in Morocco. Target groups of the project are local farmers, owners, managers or specialists from farms as well as providers of agricultural machinery services. In addition, disseminators such as agricultural advisors, trainers, technicians and managers from extension and training organizations (agricultural schools, associations and cooperatives) are important target groups. Training of local trainers and the development of practical knowledge and skills for the successful application of modern farming technologies are significant aspects of the project.

Important project implementation partners in Morocco are the public agricultural advisory service of Morocco (L'Office National du Conseil Agricole - ONCA) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Fisheries, professional agricultural associations and the demonstration farms.

For more information see www.cecama.ma

- Development of German-Moroccan Centre of Excellence for Agriculture (CECAMA) in Morocco with project partners’ as platform for the organization and provision of practical training, information and advice, field trials and farm demonstration
- Technical assistance to set up the legal status of the CECAMA
- Elaboration of sustainable agricultural practices with advanced production systems and technologies
- Training needs assessment, preparation and implementation of training programmes and courses farm manager and agricultural specialists as well as technicians and managers from extension and training organizations (agricultural schools, associations and cooperatives)
- Preparation and organization of field trials and farm demonstration to demonstrate advanced production systems for cash crops, forage crops and cattle farming in cooperation with agribusiness companies and local partners
- Technical assistance for further development of practical education and vocational training system in Morocco for farmers, managers and specialists of farms
- Support to strengthen the German-Moroccan cooperation in agricultural sector
- Development of training materials, brochures & manuals
- Organisation of yearly field days, press conferences, study tours and participation at agricultural events and fairs
- Marketing of the Centre and elaboration of PR materials

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173
Omani National Livestock Development Co. SAOC (ONLDC)
Omani National Livestock Development Co. SAOC (ONLDC)
01/2011 - 12/2011
195.000 US$
60
7
Stewart Routledge & Associates, Dubai

Provision of consultancy services for the preparation of a Feasibility Study for Meat Production and Processing Project in Dhofar Governorate, Sultanate of Oman.

The proposed project in Dhofar involves the establishment of a modern feedlot that will fatten local Jabali cattle for the national quality meat market. At the same time assistance will be provided to local cattle, camel and goat producers to assist them in on-farm fattening, slaughter and marketing of their finished stock. Cattle fattened in the feedlot will be sold live, hygienically slaughtered and sold to the general public in carcass form or as meat cuts and meat products through a chain of branded butcher shops to be established, owned and operated by the project in major centres throughout Oman. While the project does not purport to increase overall offtake from the national herd, its primary objective will be to establish a sustainable commercial outlet for Jabali cattle, camels and goats that will form the basis of a new quality meat market where consumers have access to a wide range of different cuts of meat at prices reflecting their tenderness or eating quality. In achieving the above objective, the project will make a direct contribution to the social, financial and environmental objectives of the nation.

 

 

- Analysis of the local conditions and the economic background of Omani agriculture and meat sector
- Detailed analysis of the feasibility of the meat production and processing project
- Planning of layout and technical design of a feedlot for 8,000 head of cattle
- Planning of layout, technical design and equipment of a slaughterhouse and deboning plant
- Preparation of a marketing plan for the sale of live animals (cattle, goats and camels), carcasses and meat cuts tu wholesale and retail sale
- Comprehensive financial analysis of the project (investments, revenues, operating costs, profit & loss, IRR, sensitivity)

133
SAPARD Programme
Foundation of Assistance Programmes for Agriculture (FAPA) on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Warsaw, Poland
08/2005 – 12/2005
672.000
25
18
PPH POLNET Sp. z o.o. (Poland) and PIWet-PIB Puławy (Poland)

By this project, vocational training was provided to 920 pig farmers in Poland. The vocational training improved qualifications in the field of modern production technologies with regard to the EU standards, which aimed to an increase in production efficiency and increased competition with highly efficient farms in the EU. The project provided 920 pig farmers of Poland with knowledge on CAP in pig sector and EU requirements on quality of slaughter pigs and pork. Besides country-wide training in Poland more than 80 pig farmers participated in a one week study tour to Germany.

The project included training courses including lectures and workshops for slaughter pig producers, study visits to high technical level pig farms (both local and foreign study tours) on technological issues of pig industry, zoohygienic conditions, environment protection at farms according to EU standards, EU standards for ecological pig production, design of buildings and technology according EU legislation, veterinary preventive treatment, as well as book-keeping, investment planning and general management of farms with pig production.

General objectives of the project:

  • To prepare slaughter pig producers for profitable running of farms specialising in high quality production of slaughter pigs which meet the EU quality standards.
  • To expand knowledge serving the purpose of improvement of capital management, investment, credit giving for development including technological progress in farms and other elements important for the process of preparation of farmers of slaughter pigs for new requirements connected with future integration with the EU.

 

 

- Mobilization of large teams of international and local trainers
- Elaboration of training concept and briefing of trainers
- Elaboration of course materials
- Recruitment of training participants
- Carry out country-wide training courses for 920 farmers (6 days including seminar sessions, workshops and farm visits)
- Training and briefing of local trainers
- Organisation and management of several study tours in Poland and in Germany
- Organisation and management of national conference
- Project organisation and management
- Preparation of brochures and training manuals.

132
EU Phare
Polish Vet. Service
1999 - 2001
499.756
5
4
German MoA, Saxon Milk Recording Association

This Project was aiming to establish a national administration and a central data base for registrations of animals and to train the administrative and operational staff. The Project was implemented by the Veterinary Department of the Saxon Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Family assisted by the Danish Agricultural Advisory Service, the Milk Recording Association of Saxony and ADT Projekt GmbH.

 

 

- Assistance and training in the administrative procedures of animal identification and registration and the technical implementation of the data collection and data base management;
- Implementation of registration, ear tags and passports;
- Pilot Intervention in two regions

158
Ministry of Agriculture, Forests and Rural Development of Romania / PMU MAKIS / World Bank
University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Timisoara
10/2008 - 03/2010
165.172
100
6
(sub-contractor of USAMV Timisoara)

ADT as sub-contractor of the Romanian University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine (USAMV) of Timisoara provided services for the preparation and implementation of four-weeks training of 400 extension and advisory specialists in Romania in the South-West and parts of North-West Region and in setting up a Training and Information Centre in the Region (www.cpi-tm.ro/u] ).

The main objectives of this project were to improve the capacity of the research, extension and food safety specialists to better serve the needs and improve competitiveness of farmers/producers and processors in the context of EU accession, to increase access of farmers and processors to knowledge on technologies related to production, quality control, food safety, processing and marketing in order to meet the EU requirements.

- International project coordination
- Project management and backstopping
- Training Needs Assessment (TNA)
- Elaboration of training plans, Curricula and course materials
- Support the implementation of 20 four-weeks training courses of 400 extension and advisory specialists, 4 two-week training courses for 80 food inspectors and 2 one-week training courses for 40 agriculture researchers in the South-West and parts of North-West Region of Romania
- Support training quality management and the evaluation of training results and impact
- Support to develop the strategy for setting-up a sustainable Training and Information Centres (TIC) in South-West and parts of North-West Region of Romania
- Support to the elaboration of project progress and final reports

157
Ministry of Agriculture, Forests and Rural Development of Romania / PMU MAKIS / World Bank
University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Cluj-Napoca
10/2008 - 03/2010
137.223
100
6
(sub-contractor of USAMV Cluj Napoca)

ADT as sub-contractor of the Romanian University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine (USAMV) of Cluj-Napoca provided services for the preparation and implementation of four-weeks training courses of 400 extension and advisory specialists in Romania in the North-West and Central Region and in setting up a Training and Information Centre in the Region (www.cpicluj.ro/u] ).

The main objectives of this project were to improve the capacity of the research, extension and food safety specialists to better serve the needs and improve competitiveness of farmers/producers and processors in the context of EU accession, to increase access of farmers and processors to knowledge on technologies related to production, quality control, food safety, processing and marketing in order to meet the EU requirements.

- International project coordination
- Project management and backstopping
- Training Needs Assessment (TNA)
- Elaboration of training plans, Curricula and course materials
- Support the implementation of 20 four-weeks training courses of 400 extension and advisory specialists, 4 two-week training courses for 80 food inspectors and 2 one-week training courses for 40 agriculture researchers in the North-West and Central Region of Romania
- Support training quality management and the evaluation of training results and impact
- Support to develop the strategy for setting-up a sustainable Training and Information Centres (TIC) in North-West and Central Region of Romania
- Support to the elaboration of project progress and final reports

146
BMZ (German Ministry of Economical Co-operation and Development)
German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ)
04/2007 – 09/2008
468.142
73
13
AFC Consultants International GmbH (Germany)

The project was supporting the development and country-wide extension of modern milk recording and milk quality monitoring systems in Romania by technical assistance and training.

The general objectives of the project were to improve milk hygiene and milk quality standards in Romania to converge to EU standards and legislation.

Main target groups of the project are:

  • Milk producers and milk processors of Romania
  • Managers and technical staff of milk recording & milk quality monitoring organisations/association
  • Managers and technical staff of raw milk laboratories
  • Milk sector experts of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), the Public Veterinary Administration (ANSV) and the National Agency for Animal Production & Reproduction (ANARZ)

Technical assistance and training was covering in particular the following topics:

Milk hygiene, advisory support and packages for dairy farmers to improve milk quality and milk production standards, international trends in milk production, international standards of animal recording according to ICAR, EU food hygiene legislation and EU milk quality standards, procedures of milk recording and milk quality monitoring, routine methods of milk testing, laboratory analyses, raw milk laboratory management and networks, reference laboratories incl. quality assurance, logistics of professional milk quality control, data processing and analysis, cost effectiveness factors in milk control and routine laboratory analyses, development of pricing and payment procedures as well as milk quota management procedures.

- Technical assistance and policy advice to milk sector experts of the MARD and the National Veterinary Service
- Institution building / organisation development
- Training needs assessment and preparation of training modules
- Organisation and delivery of several training courses (country-wide) for dairy farmers, managers and technical staff of organisations/associations responsible for milk recording & quality control, staff of raw milk laboratories, managers and technical staff of milk processors, milk sector experts of MARD and the Veterinary Administration
- Organisation of study tours and practical training in Germany
- TA to improve the framework necessary for adapting the procedures of milk control and milk quality monitoring according to EU, respectively to ICAR (www.icar.org) standards
- Organisation of several conferences, workshops and information campaigns related to milk sector issues
- Elaboration, print and delivery of several professional brochures on topics related to milk hygiene and improvement of milk quality standards according to EU and Romanian legislation.

137
Ministry of Agriculture, Forests and Rural Development of Romania & SAPARD Programme
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
02/2007 - 11/2007
553.656
49
20
InWEnt gGmbh, Germany

The general objectives of the project were to:

  • promote the introduction and continued use of agricultural practices that are environmentally-friendly and which are going beyond the Good Farming Practices
  • develop practical experiences, skills and abilities for implementing agro-environment measures
  • enhance the environmental awareness of farmers and other land users

Specific project objectives:

  • Development of ecological agriculture technologies in plant and animal production as method that protects the environment and is also sustainable from the economic point
  • Preserving the bio-diversity and the landscape value of pastures, including the pastures with a high natural value that are threatened by change in land use, due to intensification of agriculture and/or to abandonment
  • Improving the water and soil resources management by farmers, including in those area affected by severe soil erosion processes or exposed to nutrient losses
  • Assimilating rules, principles and methods related to the ecological agricultural production in plants and animal fields
  • Acquiring and developing competencies in agro-environment field for:
  • Prevention and reduction of water and soil pollution due to inadequate agricultural practices
  • Conserving the soil in areas affected by the erosion process
  • Conserving biodiversity
  • Increasing the number of plots that respects the standards of ecological agriculture
  • Create understanding of the requirements of new EU Agro-Environment Payments

- Training needs assessment
- Design training concept including logistics (25 regions and 25 courses for 575 trainees)
- Selection and mobilisation of large teams of international and local experts/ trainers
- Preparation of training materials related to the requirements of new Agro-Environment Payments (sub-measures: 1. Ecological Agriculture, 2. Extensive Pastures Management/ Biodiversity and 3. Soil and Water Protection) for the period 2007 - 2013
- Carry-out course promotion/media campaign activities at national and regional level
- Set up qualified trainer teams including train the trainer courses
- Selection and mobilisation of trainees in 25 regions
- Carry-out 25 one week courses related to: 1. Ecological Agriculture, 2. Extensive Pastures Management/ Biodiversity and 3. Soil and Water Protection
- Organise and implement monitoring and evaluation procedures
- Operational management of project implementation and backstopping
- Provision of lessons learnt and policy advice to the Contracting Authority (MAFRD) for future training programmes

136
BMZ (German Ministry of Economical Co-operation and Development)
German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ)
04/1997- 09/2004
3.107.700
50
25
AFC Consultants International, Germany

This Project target was the institutional development of the National Romanian Cattle Breeder Associations (AGCTR) by restructuring and modernising technical livestock services and initiating commercial trade activities on local, regional and national level. The technical livestock services includes the introduction of a system of cattle identification, registration, the operation of a cattle data base, milk-recording, herd-book, artificial insemination and livestock consultation. In addition, livestock marketing and the provision of farm inputs are developed and consolidated as trade activities of the Cattle Breeder Association and national and regional level .

- Advice and Assistance in the privatisation, modernisation and improvement of cattle breeding services
- Organisation Development
- Training of the association's staff in technical and managerial fields
- Advice in the harmonisation of the Animal Breeding Legislation to EU-standard
- Conceptional development and implementation of services for cattle breeders to improve the profitability of dairy farms in Romania
- Development of breeding programmes for black- and white Holsteins, Fleckvieh and Brown Swiss
- Maintenance of milk control and recording animal data processing and herd-book keeping
- Improvement of A.I.-services

135
EU Phare
Ministry of Public Finance – Central Finance and contracts Unit (CFCU)
12/2004 - 10/2005
373.347
90
20
Chamber of Agriculture and Forestry in Salzburg

The general project objectives were to ensure an effective use of SAPARD aid, and to maximize the Programme`s positive impact, to increase the absorption capacity of SAPARD funds, and to strengthen the administrative and managerial capacity of the National Agricultural Extension Agency (ANCA). ANCA should be urgently enabled to assist a critical mass of applicants for SAPARD aid to design and implement projects financed through decentralised EU assistance programmes. Main project activities were:

  • To increase the capacity of final beneficiary of the programme to successfully access the community funds by increasing their knowledge and capacity to formulate projects proposals;
  • Reinforcement of professional competence of personnel in ANCA at central level and County Agricultural Extension Centres (OJCA) country-wide, by provision of technical assistance and training of trainers, in view of raising the advisors` ability to offer specialised consultancy and coaching to potential beneficiaries of SAPARD projects (identification of the potential investments, elaboration of the SAPARD application forms and assistance over the SAPARD projects implementation period);
  • Training in Project Cycle Management (PCM) for the ANCA personnel involved in the implementation of SAPARD measure 4.1 Vocational training;
  • Support in the elaboration of training needs assessment and training plans for ANCA staff;
  • Transparency of SAPARD implementation in Romania is also to be increased, through provision by ANCA of adequate information and consultancy to rural producers.

- Training needs assessment
- Elaboration of training plans and course material
- Mobilization of large teams of international and local trainers
- Training and technical assistance
- Carryout country-wide training courses for 200 agricultural advisors
- Establishing methodological packages with model projects
- Coaching and supervising the local adviser teams to support potential SAPARD beneficiaries in accessing SAPARD funds
- Multiplication & dissemination of methodological packages and model projects
- Institution development
- Assessment of ANCA's institutional needs
- Carry-out study tour to Austria and Germany

134
German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ)
Ministry of Agriculture, Forests and RD of Romania (MAFRD) and Milk Recording Association Brasov (APCL)
01/2005 - 09/2006
306.812
70
10
AFC Consultans International GmbH, Germany

By this project, vocational training was provided to 920 pig farmers in Poland. The vocational training improved qualifications in the field of modern production technologies with regard to the EU standards, which aimed to an increase in production efficiency and increased competition with highly efficient farms in the EU. The project provided 920 pig farmers of Poland with knowledge on CAP in pig sector and EU requirements on quality of slaughter pigs and pork. Besides country-wide training in Poland more than 80 pig farmers participated in a one week study tour to Germany.

The project included training courses including lectures and workshops for slaughter pig producers, study visits to high technical level pig farms (both local and foreign study tours) on technological issues of pig industry, zoohygienic conditions, environment protection at farms according to EU standards, EU standards for ecological pig production, design of buildings and technology according EU legislation, veterinary preventive treatment, as well as book-keeping, investment planning and general management of farms with pig production.

General objectives of the project:

  • To prepare slaughter pig producers for profitable running of farms specialising in high quality production of slaughter pigs which meet the EU quality standards.
  • To expand knowledge serving the purpose of improvement of capital management, investment, credit giving for development including technological progress in farms and other elements important for the process of preparation of farmers of slaughter pigs for new requirements connected with future integration with the EU.

 

 

- Mobilization of large teams of international and local trainers
- Elaboration of training concept and briefing of trainers
- Elaboration of course materials
- Recruitment of training participants
- Carry out country-wide training courses for 920 farmers (6 days including seminar sessions, workshops and farm visits)
- Training and briefing of local trainers
- Organisation and management of several study tours in Poland and in Germany
- Organisation and management of national conference
- Project organisation and management
- Preparation of brochures and training manuals.

150
BMELV Co-operation programme
BMELV
11/2006 - 12/2012
1.268.886
90
15
Institute for Animal Breeding at University of Kiel (CAU)

The German-Russian project aimed to increase the competitiveness of the dairy sector in the Oblast Kaliningrad in the Russian Federation and by this to contribute to the development of rural areas in the Kaliningrad region. The political project partner on the Russian side is the Ministry of Agriculture and Fishery of the Oblast Kaliningrad. Operating partners are the milk producers’ association of Kaliningrad (APM), the National Technical University of Kaliningrad (KSTU) and the Animal Breeding Organisation of Kaliningrad (KTZ) which was founded within the framework of the project in 2009 as new service and extension provider for dairy farms in the Kaliningrad region.

The project programme included five major components:

(1) Policy advice to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fishery and all involved parties within the value chain of milk production and processing

(2) Planning, preparation and implementation of a commercial extension service for dairy farms in the Kaliningrad region

(3) Training and education of farm management specialists

(4) Establishment of new service provider for livestock breeding and production (KTZ)

(5) Strengthening of the German-Russian co-operation in the dairy sector and dissemination of project results.

The Project contributed significantly to the overall development of the dairy sector in the Kaliningrad region and supported an increase of the milk production output by more than 20 % within the last three years.

- Analysis of the organisation of the dairy sector on macro-, meso- and micro level, identification of actors in the value chain of milk production and processing and their contribution to the overall output; monitoring and economic analysis of dairy farms, elaboration of a support programme for small scale dairy farms; improvement of services for analyses of feed quality and milk hygiene
- Policy advice to all involved parties
- Planning and preparation of a concept for setting-up an extension service for dairy farms in the Kaliningrad region
- Training of advisors in Russia and Germany
- Provision of technical lectures, practical training seminars and field days, which are well received by students and lecturers of the KSTU as well as by technical specialists and executive staff of milk producing enterprises covering forage production, feed analysis, feeding, reproduction, breeding, management, hygiene, milking, marketing and others
- Planning and introduction of a commercial service provider for livestock breeding and production with the following services: extension on cattle breeding, extension on farm management and economics of milk production, milk recording, milk laboratory analysis, artificial insemination, claw trimming, reproduction services
- Organisation of seminars and conferences on dairy sector development

149
GFA / BMELV
Federal Service for Consumer Protection and Human well-being (Rospotrebnadzor)
11/2006 - 04/2010
781.386
100
9

The bilateral German-Russian project had the objective to provide technical assistance and advice to Russian Ministeries and Institutions who are responsible for food safety and consumer protection. The main beneficiary on the Russian side was the Federal Service for Consumer Protection and Human well-being (Rospotrebnadzor). Further partners in the implementation of the project were the working group on technical regulation of the Administration of the President of the Russian Federation, the National Institute for Technical Regulation (NITR), the Federal Center of Hygiene and Epidemiology (FGUS) and the Institute for Food of the Russian Academy for Medicine. In addition, the project was collaborating with the territorial administration of Rospotrebnadzor in the region Perm and the municipality of Togliatti in Oblast Samara on the development of consumer advice offices. The project programme focused on giving advice on Food Safety legislation in conjunction with the Law for Technical Regulation, on food inspection and the improvement of consumer protection by enlargement of the consumer information and consultation.

Following the adoption of the executive law for Technical Regulation by DUMA  the Project provided comprehensive statements on the following drafts:

  • Technical Regulation on food safety (basic law)
  • Technical Regulation on meat (Regulation)
  • Technical Regulation on food labelling
  • Technical Regulation on food for infants and young children
  • Technical Regulation on food additives

The project initiated and established a professional co-operation between the Food Institute of the Russian Academy for Medicine (RAMN), the Federal Centre for Hygiene and Epidemiology of the Russian Federation (FGUS) and the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) covering the methodology and the scientific research on risk assessment related to biological safety, food safety, safety of substances and product safety.

- Legal advice on the elaboration of Technical Regulations for Food Safety and control mechanisms for food to international standards by provision of material like EU legislation and international standards and legislation, statements of German experts, organization of Round tables
- Training of Russian food inspectors and food laboratory specialists
- Support to the exchange of experience on risk assessment and management as well as the functionality of an early warning system and crisis management between German and Russian institutions
- Introduction of the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) to the Russian Federation (Setting- up a national contact point and introduction of the RASFF-window)
- Strengthening of capacities of the Federal Service in setting-up a co-ordination centre to support the network of more than 300 consumer advice offices in the Russian Federation
- Training of advisers of the consumer advice and information centers of Perm and Togliatti

140
German Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMVEL)
Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-being
09/2001 - 10/2006
1.081.136
100
13

The Project was aiming to strengthen consumer protection and food safety in the Russian Federation by giving technical assistance and advice to Russian Ministries and institutions responsible for consumer protection and food safety. Project beneficiaries were the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-being together with the Russian Federation Ministry of Health and Social Development, the Russian Federation Ministry of Agriculture (Veterinary Inspection), the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation and the national umbrella organization of the consumer associations in the Russian Federation, KONFOB.

The Project was providing an expert team of ten German short-term experts with competence in the field of EU food safety legislation, food control, organization of consumer associations, legislation on consumer protection and consumer as well as specific trainings, study tours and seminars. The project activities were implemented with the assistance of a permanent project office in Moscow with three Russian employees.

The Project started with an analysis of food safety and consumer protection regulations and procedures in Russia in comparison to EU and International standards. In specific working groups and round tables the German and Russian experts were elaborating proposals for adapting Russian food safety legislations to international standards and to strengthen Russian institutions involved in food safety control and consumer protection. Particular emphasis has been given to assistance on the drafting of technical regulations for food under the new law on technical regulations, No. 184-FЗ. The Project has elaborated a proposal for a systematic approach for the drafting of these regulations which facilitate an approximation to the current food safety legislation of the EU. Further the project provided specific statements on legal drafts of technical regulations for food prepared by their partners.

The Project has further carried out comparative studies on the food control system in the Russian Federation and Germany and elaborates proposals for the further development of food control in the Russian Federation which came partly already effective within the reform of Governmental administrations.

Together with the city administration of Togliatti in Samara Oblast the project has set up an office for the information and consultation of consumers on products and services. The development of the concept and the training of the three staff members was carried out in close collaboration with the Verbraucherzentrale in Lower Saxony/Germany.

- Analysis of food safety and consumer protection regulations and producers in Russia in comparison to EU and international standards
- Information on food safety legislation and institutions in the EU and Germany
- Analysis of food safety control institutions and procedures in Russia
- Advice on the strengthening of food safety control institutions and procedures to international standards
- Assistance in the harmonization of food safety and consumer protection regulations to international standards of EU and WTO
- Assistance in the establishment of a pilot consumer advice office in Samara and Togliattti
- Assistance to a Round Table on the strengthening of instititutions and associations involved in the representation and implementation of consumer rights in Russia

139
GFA / BMVEL
Ministry for Agriculture of the RF
10/2002 – 12/2007
1.293.244
50
8
AFC Consultants International

The project was aiming to train future agricultural advisory staff and active junior advisors to be able to support agriculture enterprises with professional consulting. The training programme included extension & consultancy methodology and tools as well as technical know how to build up and to manage consulting services for agricultural enterprises. The training programme covered farm business analysis and farm planning, farm accounting, investment planning, credit, labour and farm organisation and management, marketing, production techniques in milk, meat, pork and crop production, mechanisation and resources saving technologies.

- Assessment of consultation needs of agricultural enterprises in Russia
- Assessing of training needs of agricultural advisors in Russia
- Curricula development
- Preparation and execution of training programme and modules for agricultural advisors
- Training management
- Monitoring and evaluation of training programme
- Support to the Ministry for Agriculture of the RF to implement further training structure for agricultural advisors
- Institution building
- Promotion and support of exchange of experience of agricultural advisory services in RF and other NIS countries

138
GFA / BMVEL
Dairy Administration of Oblast Moscow and the Republic of Tatarstan
1999 - 12/2005
1.106.262
100
10

Development of agricultural consultany services for dairy farms in the Moscow and Tatarstan regions in co-operation with the dairy processing industry.

The main objectives of the project were the transfer of technical know how of milk production and the strengthening of managerial capabilities of milk production managers and economists of large scale dairy farms.

The consultation of the agricultural farms follows a systematic approach of combining technical and business aspects of dairy farm management in a continuous improvement cycle of analysis and implementation of improvements and their controlling of sustainable application. This process shall result in an optimisation of the milk production system combined with an increased profitability of the farm.

The project undertakes the following measures:

  • Introduction of a systematic methodology of analysing the profitability of milk production (application of a software programme Milk Manager)
  • Training of farm economists and zoo technicians in order to improve their technical and managerial skills in dairy farm management including business planning, human resource management and controlling,
  • Assisting in the optimisation of technical areas of dairy farm management such as cattle feeding, fodder production, milk quality, cow housing, calf raising, breeding and reproduction

- Development and implementation of a viable consultancy system for diary farms to achieve milk production and high quality of profitable milk
- Provision of education and training for agricultural advisers and farm managers
- Provision of consultancy in economical and technical areas of milk production
- Introduction of the dairy farm management and controlling systems Manager Milk
- Advice in cattle breeding, milk hygiene, fodder production herd management, veterinary
- Advice and assistance in the development of profitable milk production on large scale farms
- Initiation of a private advisory service for dairy farms

161
BMELV
Several hundred large cattle farms in RF EkoNiva Group GEA WestfaliaSurge BVN
10/08 – 03/12 & 04/12 - 12/14
1.964.887 + priv
100
3
German & Russian agribusiness partners (i.e. GEA Farm Technologies, EkoNivaGroup, BVN, HL), Dairy Farms etc.

The objective of this Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Project is to support the modernization of milk and meat production in different regions of the Russian Federation in order to establish effective farm management, to promote the adoption of best economically viable farming practices, to improve production/management standards of farms as well as to improve the quality of raw milk and slaughter animals.

Main activities were the provision of practice-oriented vocational training for dairy farmers and regional agricultural advisors and the delivery of advisory support to farms. More than 12 topics had been covered by the project (i.e. fodder production and conservation, feeding management, animal husbandry, stable construction & reconstruction and technologies, investment planning, milk quality and udder health issues, reproduction management and breeding, herd management, animal health, rearing healthy calves, farm economics, management of suckler cows and marketing of products.

Several practical guides, brochures and other information materials related to best dairy farming practices and technologies as well as for the management of suckler cows had been prepared by the project in phase I.

All project activities had been supported and co-funded by German and Russian agribusiness partners as well as by Russian farms who sent participants to increase the impact of project activities and the dissemination of information about best farming practices.

- Organisation and provision of training programme in over 20 regions of Russia for more than 3,300 Russian dairy and / or beef cattle farm managers & specialists, farm veterinarians & regional agricultural advisors;
- Development of training modules and methodology, recruitment of participants;
- Advisory support to dairy farms to optimise their production technologies and to promote the adoption of best economically viable farming practices;
- Organisation and management of field demonstrations and trials on livestock farms in co-operation with local partners;
- Preparation of practical guides, brochures and other information materials for farmers and agricultural advisors;
- Organisation of conferences, workshops and study tours abroad on different topics related to dairy and meat production development in the RF and dissemination of information about best practice n livestock farming;
- Management of integration and utilisation of know-how of private project partners.

122
OOO GEA Westfalia Surge Moscow, Agrarlis GmbH
Westfalia Surge, Agrarlis GmbH
03/2006 – 10/2011
650.293
30
14
Agriculture Training Centre Haus Düsse, Several Large Dairy Farms in Germany

The objective of the training activities was to improve the knowledge of Russian dairy herd managers to enable them to implement modern production and management standards.
Key areas of the training were:

  • Cattle breeding
  • Raising quality of milk production
  • Milk hygiene and udder health
  • Milk quality and milking technology
  • Dairy herd management including management tools
  • Fodder production and feeding systems
  • Management of large dairy herds
  • Veterinary services and prophylaxis for dairy farms
  • Fertility management of dairy cows
  • Cow comfort and construction of modern barns
  • Management of calves and heifers
  • Claw trimming
  • Economic aspects of successful dairy farm management

- Training needs assessment and preparation of training concept
- Organisation and management of several intensive training courses: 4-weeks training courses in Germany which include 2-weeks training at the agricultural training centre Haus Düsse in North-Rhine-Westphalia and 2-weeks practical exercises & training on several large dairy farms in Germany
- Selection and mobilisation of trainers
- Preparation of training materials and translation to Russian language
- Organisation of logistical arrangements of training activities
- Organise and implement monitoring and evaluation procedures of training activities
- Operational management of project implementation and backstopping
- Contract management and accounting

151
TACIS
German Ministry of Agriculture
2004 - 2005
1.500
100
1
Institute for Animal Breeding at University of Kiel (CAU)

The aim of this twinning project was to provide technical assistance to the Russian Institutions for Agriculture and Food on  legal, institutional and organisational procedures.

- Technical assistance and consultation on EU and German animal breeding legislation
- Round table on EU animal breeding legislation, organisation and requirements for the establishment of herd-books and the entry of pure-bred animals into herd-books;
- Provision of an overview on the organisation of cattle breeding in EU member states (herd-book associations, artificial insemination stations, organisation of milk and beef recording)
- Preparation of an explanatory note on the German animal breeding law and provision of a translation for the Russian experts in the Russian Ministry of Agriculture

155
EU CARDS
European Community for External Actions
04/2008 - 04/2010
1.362.621
57
12
GFA Consulting Group GmbH, Unternehmensberatung Dr. Karb GmbH, Landeskontrollverband NRW

The overall objective was to strengthen administrative capacity to develop an environment conducive to trade development. The results achieved by the project were:

  • Audit of I&R legislation, business processes and implemented software solution, analysis of cross-cutting issues aimed to implement bovine animal identification and registration Serbia in compliance with all the provisions of Title I of Regulation 1760/2000 of the European Parliament and of the Council as amended. After the implementation of the action plan using the findings and recommendations gained from the auditing process the Serbian identification and registration system of the bovine animals became fully compliant with EU requirements with regard to legislation, field operation, I&R controls and documentation i.e. on-Holding register, animal passport, health certificate, manuals for animal keeper, veterinarian and inspectors and for data entry by slaughterhouses. Control of livestock markets and of road controls started. Farm inspections were organized in 1,262 holdings selected out of 25,000 holdings based on a risk analysis. The on spotcontrols were carried out by 145 Veterinary Inspectors using a standardized check-list and correction measures were included as well.
  • Provision and implementation of a detailed action plan for the extension of animal identification and registration to small ruminants (as a minimum those covered by the provisions of Council Directive 92/102), pigs, horses and bees in compliance with relevant provisions of the acquis communautaire approved by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management. The I&R system for other species including small ruminants and swine was prepared to be in full compliance with the EU requirements with regard to legislation, field operation, I&R control for small ruminant, software development for field operation including movement registration for sheep, goats  and swine and I&R controls of small ruminants including risk analysis, documentation i.e. on-Holding register, movement documents including workflows and forms, manuals for animal keepers, veterinarians and inspectors.
  • Development and implementation of a strategy for the exchange of data from animal identification and registration IT systems with other IT systems of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, other Ministries or other bodies involved of the public administration approved by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management

- Auditing: Conduct an audit of the implemented I&R systems for bovine animals, small ruminants and pigs including a review of provisions in the constitution and in the law of veterinary matters, provision of detailed tables of correspondence for relevant legislation on I&R for bovine, ovine, caprine, porcine animals and equidae species.

- Legislation: Drafting of the bovine I&R system legislation: Amendment of the Law on Veterinary Matters as far as I&R articles were concerned; preparation of the I&R Rulebooks for bovine, small ruminants, pigs, horses and bees including tables of correspondence

- I&R operation: Introduction of measures for the monitoring and improvement of the field operation of animal keepers and veterinarians for the bovine system; preparation of the I&R systems for other species
Awareness Raising: Organisation of six Regional Events and four national conferences for all stakeholders and launching of an awareness campaign with all 12 Veterinary Institutes of Serbia

- I&R control: Training courses for Veterinary Inspectors and 147 Inspectors and provision of a manual for the I&R controls on farms and for control of slaughter data entered by slaughterhouses. For the on spot controls of the bovine I&R, risk criteria have been defined.

- IT and software development: Consolidation of the database and integration of the I&R and the Veterinary Information System; integration of the Laboratory Information System

153
EU – PRINT Programme
Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat
09/2008 - 02/2009
147.764
100
4

The specific objectives of the study were to conduct an analysis of existing animal disease control strategies in beef export zones and their corresponding animal identification and traceability systems in selected SADC Member States and a view to explore the feasibility of expanding the initiatives to other MS which have export potential in livestock and livestock products.

The study comprised the following Member States of the SADC region:

  • Botswana
  • Swaziland
  • Zambia
  • Tanzania
  • Madagascar

- Analysis of the existing zones for export trade in livestock and livestock products and relevant animal identification and traceability systems in selected Member States

- Preparation of a feasibility study for expanding the initiatives of zoning for export trade and the implementation of the corresponding animal identification and traceability systems in selected SADC Member States

193
FAO
Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry (MAAHF)
01/2017 – 06/2018
166.860 US$
40
5
Unternehmensberatung Dr. Karb GmbH, Germany VetEffecT, The Netherlands

The Agricultural Sector is an important pillar of the Suriname national economy, a principal driver of economic growth and employing thousands of Suriname men, women and youth. Livestock numbers are undergoing substantial changes. The most up-to-date data originate from the census in 2015 and indicate livestock number of 35,536 cattle on 4856 premises, 19,962, 562, buffaloes on 25 premises, small ruminants on 1,778 premises 248 horse on 72 premises, 921,492 poultry animals on 2,731 premises, and 21,361 pigs on 208 premises.

The overall project objective is to prepare and implement an AIR&T system for Suriname. The project deliverables are assigned to three stages.

Stage 1 is focusing on the elaboration of a Strategy and an Action Plan.

Stage 2 is focusing on the specification of the AIR&T system requirements and the parameterization of software. In co-operation with beneficiary the consultant will elaborate the requirements of the animal traceability system for cattle on the basis of well established procedures. The requirements will be documented in a so called technical programming concept (TPC) which includes the complete information for the parameterization process. Once the TPC is approved by the beneficiary the parameterization process can start. At the end of phase 2 the end user training will take place followed by the testing and approval of the delivered software by the beneficiary.

Stage 3 is foreseen to start with the roll-out of the AIR&T system and the specified functionalities.

This approach allows that staff of the beneficiary is actively involved in the usage and management of the ATS platform from project month 6 onwards. This gives the opportunity for a continuous knowledge transfer for a period of 12 months.

- Elaboration of a Strategy and Action Plan for a multipurpose (modular) animal identification, registration and traceability (AIR&T) system in Suriname by using the ATS platform tools to analyze the purpose of the AIR&T systems, to deduct needs and to identify the appropriate scheme of the proposed AIR&T system
- AIR&T implementation plan; the pre-conceptualized approach model of the ATS platform is used for an effectively project planning and implementation
- System Requirements Specifications by using the ATS platform tools to specify relevant parameters (business processes, use cases, data elements)
- AIR&T Software Solution Platform
- User Manuals
- AIR&T reports

191
FAO
Ministry of Livestock Development and Fisheries of Tanzania
04/2013 – 09/2014
205.000 US $
42
2
Unternehmensberatung Dr. Karb GmbH

The Government of Tanzania (GoT) has resolved to establish and operate a Livestock Identification and Traceability System (LITS). It commissioned a consultancy study to recommend appropriate LITS for Tanzania (hereafter called TANLITS) that was conducted in August-September 2008, and has procured essential hardware. The project ‘‘Support for Development of the Tanzania Livestock Identification and Traceability System (TCP/URT/3303)’’ as a logical follow-up step aimed to develop, customize and operationalise a computerized central database for TANLITS to be tested and validated in a pilot region.

The system has been introduced stepwise in certain parts of the territory of Tanzania, i.e. in zones and/or compartments. The project also provided training on database management and linked the established TANLITS with Animal Health (Veterinary Services Needs) and Animal Production (Animal Production Needs) Information Management Systems.

- Conduct Client Needs Analysis (e.g. key components of the information system and potential interfaces; IT infrastructure where the AIT is placed; review hardware solution procured; evaluate the proposed AIT and advise on network requirements)
- Design and develop the AIT Software Solution (prepare detailed technical specifications, business processes, use cases, data description, roles and responsibilities of system partners; Software Programming; Development and Provision of interlinking with other Livestock Information Management Systems; Content Management System and Reporting)
- Customization, Installation and Testing of AIT (e.g. Configuration of Process Engines, Servers, Field Data Capture; Installation and test of application inclusive GIS functionality; Configuration of user roles and privileges; Application for data capture in the field using SMS channel; Provide Source Codes)
- Preparation of Standard Operation Procedures and Guidelines
- Establishment of Help Line and PR Communication Desk
- Training of Trainers
- Provision of Software Manuals
- Participation in Field testing and Implementation

154
Ministry of Livestock Development and Fisheries of Tanzania
Ministry of Livestock Development and Fisheries
08/2008 - 09/2008
29.420
100
2

The objective of this Feasibility Study was to provide a scientific opinion and advice on the Livestock Identification, Registration and Traceability System that Tanzania should adopt for the purpose of disease control, food safety and market access through imparting competitiveness edge for the international livestock trade.

- Review livestock identification, registration and traceability systems in the country paying particular attention to catchment areas of current potential export abattoirs that are either processing meat or meat products for export meat or meatproducts
- Develop recommendations on which Livestock Identification and Registration System (LIRS) to adopt
- Develop recommendations on how the adopted LIRS will be managed and financed
- Develop recommendations on data and information management systems to support the LIRS adopted to the regional (SADC-LIMS) and international (Global Traceability Network and ISO requirement
- Exploring importation or manufacturing of livestock Identification devices
- Develop recommendations on the roadmap and implementation schedule
- Presentation of findings and recommendations
- Database System Development, customization, training and commissionioning

177
EU / Secretariat General for EU Affaires in Turkey
Cattle Breeders’ Association of Aydin
04/2011 – 03/2012
19.830
80
2
Deutscher Holstein Verband e.V. (DHV); Cattle Breeders’ Association of Aydin

ADT supported the Cattle Breeders’ Association of Aydin in the Aegean region of Turkey within the project Building knowledge bridges on dairy farm management for the future, (CFCU/TR0703.01-02/FA) to improve technologies in cattle farming according to EU standards on animal welfare, environmental issues and food safety and trained future dairy farm advisors of the Cattle Breeders’ Association of Aydin.

- Organisation and implementation of one week study tour to Germany for 18 agricultural advisers of the Cattle Breeders’ Association of Aydin on EU standards in cattle farm management, environment protection (including manure storage and treatment, biogas concepts etc), animal welfare, food safety in 11/2011
- Assessment of two cattle farms in Aydin region to identify potentials for improvement with specific view on environment protection, animal welfare, food safety and competiveness 1/2012
- Practical training of agricultural advisors on the farms (01/2012) with specific focus on environment protection, animal welfare, competiveness and food safety issues
- Drafting of a concepts for the future advisory activities for cattle farms in Turkey
- Preparation of conference paper for the conference INTERNATIONAL BEST PRACTICES IN DAIRY FARM MANAGEMENT CONGRESS, (Turkey 15-16 March 2012)
- Contribution to the final project conference as speaker

142
EU MEDA
Prime Ministry, Southeastern Anatolia Project Regional Development Administration (GAP-RDA)
05/2004 - 12/2007
3.804.630
4
34
SOFRECO (France) AGRIN (Turkey) JFTL (France)

The Rural Development Project of the GAP Regional Development Programme aimed at alleviating poverty through the strengthening and diversification of rural based sustainable income generation in the Southeast Anatolia of Turkey. The Beneficiary of the Project is the Prime Ministry, Southeastern Anatolia Project Regional Development Administration (GAP-RDA). The Technical Assistance Team (TAT) supported the EC Representation to Turkey and the GAP-RDA in delivery of inputs and timely and effective implementation of the activities to be supported through various grant schemes amounting MEURO 20. The TAT was carrying out baseline surveys and needs analyses; propose new selection criterion for disbursement of inputs through call for proposals (supplies, works and grants) to the final beneficiaries; assist the EC Representation for preparation and evaluation of supply and works tenders, launching and evaluation of call for proposals; provide technical assistance and training to potential grant applicants and to grant recipients for implementation and monitoring of the project activities, etc.

The following main tasks have been undertaken by the Technical Assistance Team:

  • Assistance to GAP-RDA for distribution of supplies procured through pilot tenders(s)
  • Provision of technical assistance and training to grant recipients
  • Assistance to GAP-RDA in drafting and finalising the additional supply tender documents and call for proposals
  • Design and provision of training on EU grant schemes/PCM to potential applicants
  • Provision of feedback to unsuccessful grant applicants of the first call
  • Analysis of the possibility of establishing a new or up-grading an existing re-payment scheme with regard to the grant scheme
  • Monitor and supervise each project closely with site visits
  • Carry out a final evaluation on completed projects
  • Disseminate information to final beneficiaries through meetings, conferences, by audio/visual materials, etc.
  • Establish a Management Information System
  • Design an exit strategy for ensuring the sustainability of the project and also organise activities for dissemination of project results

- Provision of international and local long/short term technical assistance in all of the identified areas of expertise throughout the implementation of the project
- In-service training for the TAT members on PCM and EC procurement procedures
- Strong backstopping including regular meetings with the EC Representation, GAP-RDA and the TAT
- Assistance to GAP RDA in the design, implementation and monitoring of the activities of the whole project
- Regular monitoring and analysis on the implementation of activities financed through grant schemes
- Strengthening of co-operation with other relevant EU programmes and other donors involved in the field of rural development
- Training

194
German Ministry for Food and Agriculture (BMEL)
GFA Consulting Group GmbH
08/2017 – 07/2020
3.000.000
55
75
HfWU / PPMA

ADT (lead company) together with two technical consortium partners - the Institute for Applied Agricultural Research of the University of Applied Sciences Nürtingen-Geislingen (HfWU) and the Company for Project and Process Management in Agriculture (PPMA) started the implementation of the new project Improvement of Education at Agricultural Colleges in Ukraine which is funded by the bilateral cooperation program of the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). The project implementation is mandated for an initial contract period of three years.

The objective of this bilateral cooperation project is to upgrade the educational standards and curricula at Agricultural Colleges in order to match better the high demand of Ukrainian agricultural enterprises of skilled young professionals.

Key operational partners of the project are AGROOSVITA - which is the subordinate national Authority for Agriculture Education of the Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science - and four selected Agricultural Colleges in different regions of Ukraine (Glukhiv, Lipkovativka, Illintsi and Myrohoschanskyi). In particular, they will be assisted to improve educational standards and curricula, to introduce more practice-oriented elements into the education as well as with the supply of technical equipment.

The scope of the project includes in particular the five professional disciplines crop production, agricultural machinery, animal production, veterinary medicine and electrical engineering.

- The adaptation of the training standards in the five subject areas at four selected agricultural colleges to the current international standard
- Strengthening the professional competencies of teachers at colleges through targeted continuing education and training
- The revision and updating of the curricula in the five selected priorities;
- the implementation of practice-oriented courses and modules;
- the improvement of the technical training requirements of AGROOSVITA and the participating colleges
- Support of internships in Germany, specialist information trips (FIF) for Ukrainian teachers and networking with German educational institutions.

162
German Ministry for Food and Agriculture (BMEL)
BMEL / GFA bilateral cooperation programme
11/08 – 12/13 & 01/14 - 12/15
2.157.000
30
5
OEZ University of Hohenheim DEULA Baden-Württemberg

The aim of this Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project is to provide practical knowledge and practical skills to specialists and farm managers in Ukraine and to support the further development of the Ukrainian education and vocational training system in agriculture sector.

Overall activities are the establishment and operation of a German Agricultural Training and Information Centre (DAZ) in Ukraine

The agricultural enterprises and educational institutions in Ukraine will get access to information and educational programs about practices and modern technologies for a more efficient, profitable and sustainable management of agricultural enterprises.

General training areas are focused on modern crop production, fodder production, handling of modern farm machinery as well as aspects of cattle and pig production.

The target groups of the project are Ukrainian agricultural specialists and executive staff as well as Ukrainian agricultural teachers and trainers of the Ukrainian education system. More than 1,000 participants are attending the training courses every year. From 2009 until 2014 more than 8,000 participants have been trained in the DAZ centre until now.

Each year a field day with more than 500 participants have been organized close at the DAZ center in Potasch, Cherkassy region, Ukraine.

The main objective is to increase the productivity/performance and sustainability of Ukrainian agricultural enterprises with the aid of the technical expertise and new technologies provided by the Centre. ADT is implementing the project together with the University of Hohenheim and DEULA Baden-Württemberg. More than 15 agribusiness companies and members of the association AMTU are providing modern farm machinery, equipment, seeds, animal genetic or other production means for the training and demonstration of technology.

For more information see (www.daz-ukraine.net).

- Establishment of an German Agricultural Training and Information Centre in Ukraine (DAZ)
- Institution building and recruitment of experts and other staff
- Public relation activities and establishment of cooperation between the relevant authorities and institutions
- Vocational training of agricultural specialists and executive staff regarding the practical handling and management of new agriculture technologies in crop and animal production
- Consultancy on improved agriculture production systems
- Organisation of field days to demonstrate improved agriculture technologies under practical condition
- Technical assistance to local, regional and national agricultural education institutions to update Curricula and training methodology for agriculture specialists
- Training of lectures from local and regional agricultural education institutions and support to upgrade Curricula, training concept and training materials
- Policy advice to Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Education to modernise agricultural education system
- Support to technical bodies of the Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Education to modernise educational programmes, methodology and contents in agricultural sector

143
GFA / BMVEL
Ukrainian Ministry of Agricultural Policy
01/2000 - 12/2005
1.462.700
100
20
Deutscher Holstein Verband e.V. (DHV); Cattle Breeders’ Association of Aydin

The aim of DUAP was to improve the performance of Ukrainian agriculture and to support the process of transition. Focal points of the project work included the development of an agricultural consultancy service for farms and agribusiness enterprises, the provision of education and training for practioners and managers in agriculture, and the fostering of co-operation between German and Ukrainian firms. The experience gathered in the course of this work contributed to the improvement of the economic and legal enviroment for agribusiness enterprises in Ukraine.

The project DUAP provided tools, manuals and training for business development planning and keeps in the pilot regions contacts with several rural institutions to support a positive environment for sustainable agricultural investments and development.

The project provided also an intensive training programme for advisory staff includes extension & consultancy methodology and tools as well as technical know how to build up and managing consulting services for agricultural enterprises. The training programme covered farm business analysis and farm planning, farm accounting, investment planning, labour and farm organisation and management, marketing skills, production techniques in milk, meat, pork and crop production, mechanisation and resources saving technologies. Training programmes, field days, study tours and regular information through leaflets and information bulletins have also been provided to large numbers of farm managers.

The two established advisory services in Cherkassy and Vinnytsa have been developed to support farms to improve farm management capacity, the production technology, the procurement of production means and the marketing of agricultural products. Important topics of the consulting activities were the development of improved marketing concepts for agricultural products and to improve the procurement of necessary production means and other farm equipment.

All types of farms and farming directions were covered by the project in the pilot regions (crop production, animal production, horticulture, fruits etc.).

- Development of the two agricultural consultancy service (Agro Konsult-Transform, Kyiv/Cherkassy and Agrokonsult Vinnytsa)
- Provision of agricultural consultancy
- Identification and initiation of economically viable agricultural production systems in co-operation with Ukrainian and German Agro-business
- Provision of education and training for local adviser for practitioners and managers in agriculture
- Fostering the co-operation between Western-European and Ukrainian firms in agricultural business
- Policy advice to Ukrainian MoA to improve the economic and legal enviroment for agricultual enterprises in Ukraine

187
German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)/ GIZ
German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ)
04/2014 – 12/2015
168.145
90
6
Deutscher Genossenschafts- und Raiffeisen-verband e.V. (DGRV)

The project Consulting services in the dairy value chain in the district Kurgantepa (region Andijan) is part overall GIZ/BMZ project Ecological suistainable promotion of economic development in selected regions of Uzbekistan. Key activities of the dairy sector sub-project are:

1. Provision of advisory services and vocational training for small- and medium-sized milk producers in the district Kurgantepa on the following topics:

  • Milking, milk hygiene, milk quality improvement
  • Forage production, fodder conservation, storage
  • Dairy cow feeding, calve feeding, feeding management
  • Housing of cattle in small scale dairy farms
  • Cattle breeding and reproduction management, Artificial insimenation (AI)
  • Animal healthcare, animal welfare
  • Waste management

2. Provision of advisory services and vocational training on milk collection, processing and new innovative milk products

  • Technical assistance to set up three milk collection centres
  • Improvement of milk processing technologies and hygiene standard
  • Introduction of new milk products with value addition

3. Technical assistance and institution building related to group actions / cooperative models of farmers

  • Organisation models for joint actions of dairy farmers (i.e. raw milk collection & transport)
  • Policy advice to improve overall framework in the dairy value chain

- Technical assistance in the field of agricultural advisory services with livestock (including forage production, cattle husbandry, farm management, economics, marketing, breeding, feeding, housing, hygiene, milking, healthcare, animal welfare, waste management etc)
- Advisory services and vocational training for milk producers
- Advisory services and vocational training on milk collection, processing and new innovative milk products
- Advisory services to establish joint actions of stakeholders in the dairy value chain

181
GIZ / BMZ
German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ)
25/01/2013 – 28/02/2013
15.981
100
1

The GIZ program Sustainable economic development in selected regions of Uzbekistan aims to strengthen the competitiveness in the selected regions Andijan, Karakalpakstan and Surchanddarya.
A central component of the program is the promotion of livestock, especially dairy production and processing.
ADT elaborated the dairy sector study with special regional focus on the region Karakalpakstan.

- Analysis of the dairy supply chain incl. forage production, storage and conservation technology
- SWOT analysis of milk production and processing
- Identification and classification (by ranking) of measures to improve key elements of the dairy supply chain (feed production, animal husbandry, milk production and milk processing)
- Elaboration of proposals for activities in the selected sectors in milk production and processing
- Identification of services and promotion measures, especially services that are of importance for the implementation of the activities
- Support of the programme by the development of a baseline study for the milk production and processing sector

122
OOO GEA Westfalia Surge Moscow, Agrarlis GmbH
Westfalia Surge, Agrarlis GmbH
03/2006 – 10/2011
650.293
30
14
Agriculture Training Centre Haus Düsse, Several Large Dairy Farms in Germany

The objective of the training activities was to improve the knowledge of Russian dairy herd managers to enable them to implement modern production and management standards.
Key areas of the training were:

  • Cattle breeding
  • Raising quality of milk production
  • Milk hygiene and udder health
  • Milk quality and milking technology
  • Dairy herd management including management tools
  • Fodder production and feeding systems
  • Management of large dairy herds
  • Veterinary services and prophylaxis for dairy farms
  • Fertility management of dairy cows
  • Cow comfort and construction of modern barns
  • Management of calves and heifers
  • Claw trimming
  • Economic aspects of successful dairy farm management

- Training needs assessment and preparation of training concept
- Organisation and management of several intensive training courses: 4-weeks training courses in Germany which include 2-weeks training at the agricultural training centre Haus Düsse in North-Rhine-Westphalia and 2-weeks practical exercises & training on several large dairy farms in Germany
- Selection and mobilisation of trainers
- Preparation of training materials and translation to Russian language
- Organisation of logistical arrangements of training activities
- Organise and implement monitoring and evaluation procedures of training activities
- Operational management of project implementation and backstopping
- Contract management and accounting

195
BMZ
GIZ
01/01/2018 – 31/12/2019
2.000.000
30
7
SNV Netherlands Development Organisation (lead)

The overall objective along the dairy value chain in Zambia is to improve the income of smallholder dairy farmers in the Southern Province of Zambia, to increase the employment rate and to improve the local availability of dairy products.

The activities along the dairy value chain concentrate on building capacities of smallholder dairy cooperatives and 20.000 small scale dairy farmers in the following areas: cooperative governance, management and organisation; animal husbandry and dairy management, feeding regimes and fodder production; breeding of dairy cows; access to inputs and services and access to markets.

In all mentioned measures particularly women and young farmers should be empowered.

The following outputs shall be achieved to reach the objective:

  • Actors of the supported small-scale farming enterprises have access to productivity and income enhancing innovations
  • Actors of the up and downstream enterprises along the dairy value chain have access to innovations that enhance productivity and employment
  • The actors of the dairy value chain have improved capacity to represent their interests
  • The transnational exchange between actors of the dairy industry involved in innovative approaches is strengthened.

Improving the technical, financial and managerial capacity of small holder dairy farmers by
- Training/development of training materials on animal husbandry and milk production, milk hygiene, animal breeding, feeding and fodder production, business skills and access to financial services
- Introducing and training farmers and cooperative members in the application and use of innovations

Improving the capacity of dairy cooperatives by
- Strengthening governance and business management
- Improving cooperative based input supply and dairy support services
- Improve value addition and hygiene and quality of milk supply
- Improved information dissemination / accessibility though ICT adaption/development

Improving the enabling environment for small-scale dairy farmers by
- Building the capacity of national lobby institutions for small holder dairy farmers
- Promotion of safe dairy products
- Strengthening policy and advocacy for small holder dairy farmers