About the MAP
In Romania, the European Rural Development Network (ERDN) – Institute of Agricultural Economics of the Romanian Academy coordinates the Multi-Actor Platform Rural Transylvania. This platform operates in the West, North-West and Centre regions of the country. It was set-up with the support of the Eco Ruralis association of peasants and agro-ecological food producers. The Romanian Institute of Agricultural Economics facilitates the activities of the platform.
Some of the challenges in rural Transylvania are the demographic shift, lack of infrastructure and basic services, high number of small (subsistence) farms and high agricultural dependence of peripheral rural communities.
The platform aims to support revitalisation of rural areas, with a special focus on peripheral communities, through the integration of small-scale agriculture in a more diverse and eco-friendly rural economy and building of urban-rural sustainable links.
The activities of this MAP are designed to achieve the following specific objectives:
- MAP objective 1: Co-opting a group of active and involved MAP members to discuss possible directions for sustainable development of the rural area and the risks they may face.
- MAP objective 2: Seeking agreement on a common vision for future rural development in rural Transylvania.
Farmers and farmers’ organisations, integrators on agri-food chains, NGOs, LAGs, research representatives, local and central government.