Sustainable organic agriculture
The association Eco-food from Gevgelija is one of the rare organizations which focus their work on one area of the environment and agriculture. Since 2002, this organization whose full name is Association of organic food producers and environment guards Eco-food, has been focusing its work on the production of healthy and organic food.
The group for development of the tomato and pepper sub-sector, in cooperation with the Agency for encouraging the development in agriculture of the Republic of Macedonia-working unit-Gevgelija, managed to introduce the EUREPGAP standard for fresh fruit and vegetables production in greenhouses at the farmers’ association “Eco-Food”, which also cooperate with the trade company “Turan” from Bogdanci.
The process of application of the EUREGAP standard was realized as part of the activity called “Establishing and respecting the purchase contracts with certain quality and quantity”, between the Association of farming producers and the trade company within the working programme of the Group for development of the tomato and pepper sub-sector. (Eco-Food is a member of this group and has its representative in the managerial board). MEDF provided support to this activity and it appears as the main donor of the group for development of the tomato and pepper sub-sector. The support for the certification provided several project units: SFARM 2 (a project for support of the farming association in RM), MAASP (a project for support of counseling services in RM), Land-O-Lakes and Agriprekso, and 50% from the Ministry of Agriculture, Water supply and Forestry through the programme for encouraging the agricultural development in RM.
With the project “Sustainable and organic agriculture – a step towards the health and protection of the environment”, financed by the Open Society Institute – Macedonia Foundation, the new method of production was promoted. More precisely, the sustainable organic farming is based on three aspects of sustainability: economic, environmental and social one.
Multiculturalism in Macedonia – a model in arising
“The multiculturalism in Macedonia: a model in arising” is the title of the book containing texts by the participants at the plenary discussion which took place at the expert forum in November 2004i
The organizer of the Forum was FIOOM, which published the book, too.
Macedonian Center for International Cooperation
“Basic terms of the Judaism”
“The basic terms of the Judaism”, by the Supreme Rabbi from Former Yugoslavia, Cadik Danon is part of the programme “Inter-religious cooperation in Macedonia” and its goal is to improve the informing about churches, religious communities and religious groups in the Republic of Macedonia, both among themselves and with the general public.
This book covers the basic characteristics of the tradition, the customs, the history and the religion of the Jewish people. The author managed to transmit the importance of the customs and the beliefs, the rituals and the main events in life, the prayers, the religious symbols and the ways in which the Jewish people measure the time.
The financial support for the publication of this book was provided by the Danish and the Norwegian government, in cooperation with the Danish Church Aid (DCA) and the Norwegian Church Aid (NCA).
History of the civil society
A jubilee of two media
“Nacionalna volja” and the Macedonian Informative Agency – MIA
All over the world, the media are considered to be an important segment of the civil society, and the history of their work is related to the history of this sector. Such is the example of two media, which are celebrating their jubilees these days.
Twenty-five years ago, in Sydney, Australia, began the publication of the newspaper of the Macedonians from Pirinska Macedonia – “Narodna Volja”. After the headquarters had temporarily moved to London, Great Britain, in 1992, it was finally established in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. It is published monthly and presents the activities and the problems of interest to the Macedonian minority in the Republic of Bulgaria.
The Macedonian Informative Agency – MIA, as a public informative service established in independent Macedonia, started working in 1988, six years after the day when the Macedonian Parliament had passed the decision for its establishment. It was established with a Government resolution; its aim is to distribute non-biased, on-time and true information to the public.