Current projects

In the following paragraphs you can find more information about our most recent projects: 


Empowering Roma Women in Mures County

Building on its successful history implementing projects with Roma communities, and in response to the needs of this vulnerable group, Heifer Romania, along with its partners, proposes a new project “Empowering Roma Women in Mures County.” With an emphasis on women’s empowerment, the project will support Roma women and families to improve their livelihoods by engaging in the dairy value chain. Including Roma and non-Roma families in the project activities will promote social harmony. The target area is Mures County having the biggest Roma minority in all Romania.

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Green Processing of Wild Berries Social Enterprise

This project aims to create a non-wood product processing unit using sources of green energy and obtaining certified products. Non-wood products refer to all types of berries (blueberries; raspberries, blackberries, redcurrant, blackcurrant etc.), mushrooms and herbs. The project target area was identified as being “bio” by the authorities. Through the project, farmers’ awareness will be raised on the importance of managing these resources in accordance with environmental principles, ensuring a sustainable management of the forest areas. Thus local mountain farmers’ members of FAMD, will have the opportunity of obtaining certified products that can be sold under a unified brand, gaining added value diversification. This will lead to the dynamic control and prevention of chaotic exploitation of non-wood products.


Greening the Agro-Tourism Business in Romania

Together with Bioforsk, as Norwegian partner and OVR Agro-Tur-Art Foundation as local partner, Heifer Romania proposed a project, based on improving the wastewater, organic-waste and manure management systems in rural areas and educating the rural population on the importance of responsibly managing waste. This project is benefic to whole Romania because the wastewaters, domestic waste and manure management systems, especially in rural areas, are characterized by insufficient protection of the water resources, a very low percentage of population connected to sewage and waste water treatment systems, malfunctioning of the existent treatment stations and overall incompliant waste management. Manure management systems are rare in Romania and implementing such systems will prevent groundwater contamination and can be efficiently used as fertilizer.

 


Strengthening the Capacities of Forest Owners Associations for Sustainable Forest Management Project

This project aims to strengthen the capacities of forest owners associations in order to develop organizational strength, elaborate national PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) standards, so that they become more efficient and gain higher internal cohesion and to develop management skills that respect certification standard for sustainable forest management. This will increase incomes, natural growth and biodiversity of forests.


Empowering Roma Women in Bistrita County

The goal of this project is to lift out of poverty 3,000 Roma and non Roma families, which are now struggling on 50$/month. Through the development of social capital and engaging into a pro poor wealth creating dairy value chain these families become models of sustainable small holder farming systems. The project is taking advantage of good local animal breeding conditions and opportunities of accessing the market and creates an income generating model for poor small holders.

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Sustainable Agriculture Models In the Romanian Mountain Area

The overall goal is to improve sustainability of livestock based agriculture in the Romanian Carpathian Mountains by means of integrating traditional activities in the modern economic system. Heifer Romania and its partners, SAB - Swiss Center for Mountain Regions, AGROM-RO and ROMONTANA aim to strengthen the production factors of the traditional production system, to improve the market opportunities of traditional products and the competences of producers to diversify and modernize their production. Models and best practices are promoted and disseminated on a regional and national scale. Six modern sheepshelter models built and operational in the test areas.

Packaging of the dairy products within the project "Sustainable Agriculture Models in the Romanian Mountain Area" was sponsored by MULTIVAC ROMANIA.

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Genetic Improvement of Cattle in Transylvania

Heifer Romania and its partners Bothar Ireland and Semtest BVN will provide project participants with Artificial Insemination (AI) straws of high quality that significantly improve genetics and performance of the beef and dairy offspring.

The targeted region is Transylvania which has a tradition in animal breeding, but still most of the local livestock are cross-bred and have low productivity. The artificial insemination project will gradually improve the productivity and quality of existing livestock, all this with a minimal investment and cost.

 

Milk for Orphans

“Milk for Orphans” project is designed and developed in partnership with Bothar Ireland, being inspired by Farmers Feed the Children, which is our most famous project. Small farmers will receive Irish Friesian heifers; we will have a total of 140 Friesian cows airlifted by Bothar. In addition to passing on the first female offspring, the farmers will also provide milk to orphans. The project will serve children from orphanages located in the Central and Western part of Romania.

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Sheep, Fruit Trees and Reforestation Project

Targeted groups are formed by farmers’ communities from Valea Salciei, Modreni and Valea Salciei-Catun. The project will be extended in the neighboring communities through the passing-on process and the reforestation component of the project.

The project first objective is to increase farmers’ income and improve nutrition by promoting traditional farming activities such as sheep breeding and fruit trees.

The second project’s objective is to improve the environment trough reforestation. Farmers are determined to plant thousands of fir trees on the highlands.

Heifer Romania will provide 72 farmer families with 720 Red Face Tigaia sheep and 72 Tigaia rams. Another 150 farmer families will receive 15,000 fruit tree saplings (apple, pear, plum, cherry and walnut) and 90 families will receive 9,000 fir tree saplings.

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Pig Project for Rebricea

Life in Rebricea is not easy. The area is dry and facing times of necessity during the hot summers. Winter is even worse because the Siberian winds bring cold temperatures and lots of snow.  Targeted groups are formed by farmers’ communities from Rebricea commune

Heifer Romania will provide 150 families with 150 Romanian White sow and 6 families with 6 White boars. More than 600 families will be part of the project increasing their incomes through the selling of piglets and pork products, and improving their nutrition.

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Honey and Trees Project

The project’s main purpose is to improve nutrition and increase income levels through the introduction of bee keeping as a new activity for poor farmer families in nine communities along the Somes river valley. The second goal is to improve the environment and balance the deforestation by planting acacia trees.

During the first two years, Heifer Romania will provide 50 farmer families with 5 bee families, beehives and small equipment. Another 600 farmer families will receive 150,000 acacia saplings. Humans and animals will benefit from the reforestation component of the project. The trees will keep the moisture on neighboring lands, lower the effect of soil erosion, and fix the nitrogen levels. Other benefits are the nectar for bees and seeds for birds.

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Revitalization of water buffalo breeding in Aschileu and Mera villages

The project goal is to improve the living standards of poor farmers in two Transylvanian villages by revitalizing water buffalo breeding. Heifer International will provide 30 families in Aschileu and Mera villages with 30 water buffalo. The project will contribute to strengthening peace and partnerships between two different cultures and nationalities, as Mera is inhabited by Hungarians and Aschileu by Romanians. Project participants in both communities will improve nutrition and income through the consumption and selling of water buffalo products.

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