A joint partnership between the World Bank, the Moldovan Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry and the Ministry of Environment was launched in Moldova’s capital in the late days of October. The new partnership aims to consolidate Government and Bank efforts to reduce the vulnerability of Moldova’s farmers to climate change. The program will be managed by the World Bank and supported by about $350,000 in grants from the World Bank, the Bank-Netherlands Partnership, and the Trust Fund for Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development.
On October 28, the World Bank hosted a national awareness raising and consultation workshop dedicated to the vulnerability of Moldovan agriculture to climate change. The workshop was attended by over 50 stakeholders, including officials from the Ministries of Agriculture and Environment, private sector and farmers' association representatives, researchers, and development partners.
This national event was preceded by a regional launch of the World Bank World Development Report 2010: Development and Climate Change and the regional flagship report Adapting to Climate Change in Europe and Central Asia. Integrating global and regional knowledge on climate change with national and sub-regional responses is a must in tailoring effective adaptation solutions to the impacts of climate change on agriculture.