Empowering the socio economic development and social inclusion of Potom, Skrapar Municipality

Empowering the socio economic development and social inclusion of Potom, Skrapar Municipality


Project Value 372,940.00 €
Project Status Ongoing
Implementing Partners

Municipality of Skrapar, Albania

Beneficiaries:Young and unemployed people with no or minimum levels of education in the Potom, Municipality of Skrapar
– Vulnerable women and women in rural areas of Potom, Municipality
of Scrapar
– Refugees and migrants.
– Staff in Municipality of Skrapar
– Local NGOs and other private entities operating in the area;
– The central governmental the responsible ministries
– The Agriculture Universities of Albania
– The Agriculture Technological Transfer Centres
– The Agriculture Extension Centers

EU Contribution
338,592.00 €
Project Timeline

Overall Objective

Summary of the Project

The project seeks to revitalise the remote rural area of Potom through
the improvement of local services, infrastructure and investments by
a) establishing a new management solution for grazing lands and
pastures for pastoral livestock, b) an Agri Incubator as a place for
exchanges and training between farmers and technicians or experts
and c) increasing access and deliver inclusive services, in particular
for vulnerable groups as non-educated youth of remote areas


The activities are expected to start in July 2022 and will last for 36
months. The activities are divided in 6 working packages WP are as
1st Year
WP1 ‘’Management and Coordination of the Project” (though the
whole duration)
AT1.1 The Consortium initial meeting (contact point from Municipality
and Co-applicant People and Ideas)
AT1.2 Consultative meetings with Partners about Narrative and Financial
AT 1.3 Annual Financial Management Meeting
AT 1.4 Annual Joint Meeting with the Consortium
WP 2 ‘’Policy Dialogue and Studies’’ (July 2022-November 2022)
AT 2.1 Kick-off Activity- Presentation of the project to partners such as
the Ministry of Agriculture, Agricultural University, Skrapar
Municipality, District Agriculture Offices, farmers and related institutions
involving 50 participants (Budget line 5.7.1)
Deliverable: Memoranda of Understanding with other stakeholders
including the:
– Community representatives also called ‘’Pleqte e Fshatit’’
– Local Civil Society Organizations
– Government workers representing the fields of culture, agriculture and
rural development, the environment and tourism;
– Representatives from relevant specialist domains (environmental and
veterinary science, geographers, social anthropologists, etc.);
AT 2.2 A series of 5 Discussion Forums with local representatives from
Municipality and other stakeholders and interest groups as preliminary
meeting to have a need assessment before initiating the Capacity building
meetings. Each discussion forum will involve 15 participants. (Budget line 5.7.2).
AT 2.3 Focus Groups with local officials and farmers and as result the
production, Collection of materials from 30 targeted farmers,
AT 2.4 Production of:
i) Feasibility Study through the Farmer Card, the target area of
Potom, an inventory of the good practices etc with the aim to
identification of farmers who will be beneficiary of the project, a study of
the breeds that exist today in the stalls, an observation of the income
situation of farmers today, and a study of the pasture-breed-benefit ratio.
Two researchers will be involved to realize the Farmers book; two
assistants to elaborate the data, and two others to conduct interviews.
(Budget line 5.2).
For the purpose of the action the farmer card is considered the
creation of a full profile and useable data that will be converted into
the digital tool regarding the farmers information on the property ,
incomes, production, gender issues livestock etc.
ii) Digital Inventory of the farms and farmers. Actually there is no
farm register in place at national level and even in the area of
intervention. There is only one inventory which results outdated since
1980s. Through this activity will be identified useable data through the
collaboration with the Agriculture Extension Services that are responsible
for the collection of the information at national level
iii) Map GIS , this activity will involve the proper expertise in field such
as programmer, topography experts and urbanist), a product provided as a
valuable asset, and ownership of Municipality in a longer term)
(November 2022- February 2023) Budget line 5.5
WP 3 ‘’Capacity Building activities and Local Actions Groups ‘’
(March 2023-March 2024)
There will be 12 cycles of training by experts of each module, for 2 days
for 30 people The experts will prepare the curricula of the training and
will deliver the training (1 per each training modules).
Subjectes: Assessment of infrastructure and Public infrastructure works
and supply intervention supply and equipment’s toward the livestock
sector and farmers
– Socio – Economic and Sustainable approach such as Creation of the
pastoral groups of forums and a network among the central level and
responsible ministry
– Sustainable management pastoral plan creation
Thematic Trainings and capacity building on aiming increasing the
farmers’ incomes and access to finance and to financial governmental
schemes and EU Funded Projects such as IPARD 3.
– Trainings on Local Sustainable and Social Economy considering the
cultural and heritage aspects.
A 3.1 Once in a month training: Full year (12 trainings) 2 day

The trainings will be articulated in (1) a series of 12 thematic modules
intended to emphasize good practices (forage management, nutrition,
reproduction, buildings and well-being, new generation growth, milking
and milk quality , farm audit) which we have used successfully in other
parts of the world alternating theory and practice. Most of the modules
are specific to each species (Cattle, sheep or goats), (2) in the most
complementary awareness sessions of the elements already presented in
the modules and related to the livestock / environment pair (global
challenges, the approach of mitigation and adaptation measures, the
challenges of alignment with the EU and (3) a presentation of the
technologies to be introduced at the station. Counselling technicians
(public and private sector) will offer training on: good practices in
livestock, counselling methods, use of green technologies, breed
management while respecting domestic biodiversity; Farmers in relation
to good practices in animal husbandry and in the use of green
technologies and the transmission of their knowledge in the framework of
the progress groups of green itineraries (GPIV) that will be created.
Moderators to be identified and trained to improve farmers' capacities:
good livestock practices, counselling methods, use of green techniques,
breed management in respect of domestic biodiversity.
Subjects will be :
A Co-habitance and community approach through a community-based
needs assessment, grazing practices; animal care and husbandry; the
natural environment (soil, pastures, plant species, weather, and
biodiversity); along with kinship and community bonds reinforced by the
close-knit working relations the element requires); as well as the making
of by-products such as milk, cheese, butter, ricotta-like cheeses (djathe
mshere and currek), and leather goods, meat and wool.
b. Infrastructural improvements and livelihoods (a SWOT analysis
aiming to identify the needs) aiming to Improve the accessibility, safety,
maintenance and wayfinding marks of routes, for herders
c. food safety
d. vaccination
e. access to finance, soft skills development for improved communication
with farmers; and awareness on the national/IPARD applications for
f. technical topics related to improvement of farm performance (e.g. feed,
feeding and nutrition, animal health and welfare);
g. Economic Development, increasing the incomes through sales
(economic development, and job creation) aiming to improve the living
conditions of shepherd families through the improvement of basic
facilities and income-generating initiatives, including small business
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Final Municipality Skrapar
incentives such as subsidies and tax relief, along with opportunities
relating to tourism and marketing by-products.h. green technologies
i. role and benefits of farm card and digital database
j. Formalisation of 1 (one) LAG
Output: Guide and Manual (Budget line 5.4)
Deliverable ‘’Establishment of cooperative’’ –formalization of 1 (one)
Local Action Group established
WP 4 ‘’Investment and Infrastructural support’’
A 4.1. Production of Master &Development Plan
Legal and fiscal expert, Assistance for LAG and experts for the
preparation of the Management Plan.
Master &Development Plan must respond to clearly defined needs of
farmers for modernisation and successful engagement in the developing
market, funded using sufficient budget resources, and within an agreed
strategic framework. Therefore, there is a requirement for objectives and
priorities in line with Municipality strategic priorities, setting
performance targets and preparation of action plans including methods of
delivery (e.g. working with farmer groups) with clear timelines. It will be
based on robust analysis, e.g. on the expected results and impacts for the
various target groups. The Master &Development Plan will include
definition of the roles of the various actors oin delivering relevant
services, and where appropriate agreed partnerships between the various
players. It should also include ways of benefiting from under-utilised
current systems such as the animal identification system (for example
improving farm-level breeding and performance data for dairy and
sheep/goat herds) and also to make use of the opportunities available
through grant schemes (e.g. IPARD and national schemes) and other
available industry supports.
The establishment and preparation of Master &Development Plan will
i) mapping of the actors
ii) public extension through the national service, agricultural technology
centres, education institutions and other public agencies, input suppliers,
NGOs and farmer business organisations, and international
partners/donors through programmes and projects;
iii) a screening of strategic documents, laws and related regulations;
iv) a detailed description of the situation
v) details about Municipality’s budget, organisation equipment, and
The legal part will demonstrate the complexity of the legal framework
and consequently the challenges in organizational changes.
4.2. The Investments and supply in Potom area
Creation of 5 (five ) ‘’lera‘’(as an emergent action) and set according to
the criteria to be as much as possible functional.
-Visibility actions- signals in the area (enhancing the tourism) Budget
line 6.2
– Purchase of mobile dairies, which are the model of mini-vans which collect. Milk is also processed along the way and kept
– 30 items cooling machine / milk coolers. Each farmer involved in the
capacity building will profit a cooling milk machine. Budget line 6.4
– 60 Steel cans
– Reconstruction of shelters stop points for shepherds
– Building collecting milk point in Qafe village for the whole Potom area
– Improve the accessibility, safety, maintenance and wayfinding marks of
routes, for herders and visitors
– Result: Hygiene –pastoral and extended farming, animal care, and
the skills and knowledge relating to the natural environment and the
protection of biodiversity. running water and sanitation in the
settlements, stane
WP5 ‘’Management Plan and Sustainability and Agri Incubator ‘’
– A public asset for long term usage that ensures sustainability and socio-
economic development. Also, it enables that the community is
involvement and investment back to community.
– Social inclusion
– LAG- Board of Management (municipality, farmers, and NGO) and
Monitoring Mechanism and Accountability
– Employed staff, Municipality open to the community, easy accessible
and practical approach to assist farmers and the local community.
– Increasing the Dialogue approach
A 5.1 Set up of Agri Incubator as a multidimensional functionally youth
and women, community services. This orientation office, which will have
transformed and reconstructed as an Agri Incubator equipped with
necessary office materials. It will result in the ownership of Municipality
with a long –term and sustainable, going beyond the project duration.
(Budget line 3.2)
– Best Practice ‘’Potom’’-as a successful example and Model to replicated
in other administrative communities vulnerable in Skrapar, who are risks
or prone to cannabis cultivation
– the mobilization of breeders and pastoralists groups, future users of the
technologies and practices demonstrated, to initiate a process of
structuring supply chains for products intended to be included in the
framework of quality or origin certification.
WP 6 ‘’Dissemination and Communication’’ (through the whole
duration of the project)
AT 6.1 Web page development and maintenance dedicated to the project
(section dedicated to the project)
AT6.3 Communication Plan and Strategy. 2 experts will be involved in
compiling the Strategy
AT6.4 Open Day EU Delegation. Tour in the area open for the EU
delegation and the community
AT6.4 Visibility actions- signals in the area (enhancing the tourism) AT6. 5 Celebrating Days “European Young Farmers` Day, EU Organic
Day-23 September, World Food Day-October 16
6.6. Rural Final Conference, as a concluding activity
Outputs: ‘’Brand Book and dissemination materials’’
– Visibility and communication materials including the visibility of EU
support on the investment and other activities in the frame of European
Integration and EU presence in the region.

Expected Results

a) establishing a new management solution for grazing lands and
pastures for pastoral livestock, b) an Agri Incubator as a place for
exchanges and training between farmers and technicians or experts
and c) increasing access and deliver inclusive services, in
particular for vulnerable groups as non-educated youth of remote

Project Reference Number 2022  / 434-644