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RURALBANIA Initiative to support and promote traditional agricultural productions for the sustainable development of Albanian rural areas




Aid type

Project-type interventions




€ 1,800,000
€ 1,080,000


RURALBANIA aims to support and promote traditional agricultural productionsfor the sustainable development of Albanian rural areas. The action supports the Albanian authorities and civil society to implement the Agenda 2030, concerning SDG 2 and the promotion of sustainable agriculture (Target 2.3). In this sense, the Project also supports Albanias accession path to the EU, of which adaptation to the CAP represents a fundamental element. Albanian territory is mainly mountainous, and over 40% of its surface is used for agriculture, one of the most important economic sector in the country (23% of GDP) and source of income for the majority of the population. Agricultural production has increased significantly over the past decade. However, low productivity remains an obstacle to sustainable growth, as Albania still imports a significant amount of agri-food products. Of the approximately 350,000 farms present, 86% are small producers with less than 2 hectares of available land. The available macro-economic indicators indicate the remote areas of the North as the most backward of the country. Therefore, the action has the objective of increasing the productivity of family-run farms operating in high potential value chains in disadvantaged mountain areas of Northern Albania. The increase in productivity is achieved by guaranteeing access opportunities for small agricultural producers to 3 elements, the cornerstones of the intervention strategy: ? effective agricultural and rural assistance services ? qualified professional training in agricultural production ? concrete and sustainable assets for production and sales In the medium to long term, the action combines an increase in productivity with a rise in disposable income. The new resources will lead small producers to further investment in their farms and, hopefully, an increase in their size. An increased income will correspond, at the socio-economic level, to a reduction in farmers living below the poverty line. The action, lasting 3 years, focuses on adjoining and homogeneous mountain areas of North-Eastern Albania and limited production chains, intending to maximize the socio-economic impact on target communities: ? Eastern region of Shkodra: beekeeping, small mountain fruits ? Kukes region: sheep and goat farming ? Dibra region: fruit trees The Project supports the action of the following public and private actors involved in the development of the target territories: Agricultural trade associations Regional Public Agencies for Agricultural Extension Smallholders and family farms Municipalities Privileged support is guaranteed to farms managed by women, young people, and returning migrants, identified as strategic actors for the sustainable development of rural societies. Furthermore, specific support measures are envisaged for farms active in rural tourism, a category particularly affected by the crisis generated by Covid-19. The partnership represents the great added value of the Initiative and rests on 3 pillars: 1) Previous experience of collaboration in Albania between the adhering actors; 2) Enhancement of cooperation between private and public actors; 3) Expertise of the actors involved in the specific area of action and the tasks entrusted to them. It is structured as follows: ? Volontari nel Mondo RTM, an NGO with twenty years of experience in rural development programs in the Western Balkans and with its Albanian office in Shkoder, guarantees the coordination of the Project; ? CIA - Agricoltori Italiani, one of the largest trade organizations in Italy and Europe read more close
Year Committed Used
2022 € 1,800,000 € 1,080,000


Type Name Channel code
Government AICS - Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development 11000

Channel reported

Type Name Channel code

Project data

  • IATI IdentifierXM-DAC-6-4-012590-03-6
  • AID012590/03/6
  • Planned start 2022/06/15
  • Planned End 2025/06/14
  • Actual start 2022/07/20
  • Actual end -
  • Bi/Multilateral Bilateral
  • Status Implementation
  • Tied status Tied


  • 31150 - Agricultural inputs 47.0%
  • 31166 - Agricultural extension 35.0%
  • 31181 - Agricultural education/training 18.0%

Policy markers

  • Gender Equality significant objective
  • Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) not targeted
  • Disability not targeted
  • Nutrition significant objective
  • Aid to Environment significant objective
  • Participatory Development/Good Governance not targeted
  • Trade Development significant objective
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity significant objective
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Mitigation not targeted
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Adaptation significant objective
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention to Combat Desertification not targeted
  • Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) not targeted


  • 2.3 - By 2030, double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women, indigenous peoples, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers, including through secure and equal access to land, other productive resources and inputs, knowledge, financial services, markets and opportunities for value addition and non-farm employment