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AGRIBUSINESS | Workshops - Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina - March 25-28, 2013

AG Trainings on Traceability and EU Packaging and Labeling


Goals
  1. The trainings were designed to improve knowledge on traceability systems in various enterprises operating in the agriculture sector, as well as practical understanding of the packaging and labeling requirements for European markets of fresh and processed fruits and vegetables.

  2. Among the participants were representatives of private companies and organizations from the Western Balkan countries, Moldova and Ukraine, as well as projects involved in the sector. Presentations were interactive and highly participatory; participants shared their experiences and asked direct questions about the legal requirements and organizational processes being explained by the trainers.


Funding

The event was co-funded by USAID through the Regional Competitiveness Initiative RCI and the USAID SIDA Bosnia FARMA Project. Trainers came from CBI and Q-Point.


Number of participants:

There were more than 15 participants from local companies plus representatives of projects such as the ACED project in Moldova, and the AEPC Project Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Results

  1. Improved knowledge on Traceability and EU requirements on packaging and labeling among companies from the region

  2. Shared experience and good European practices of producing and handling food products

  3. Increased awareness of regulatory information available to the public

  4. New contacts and improved communication among participating companies and projects


What’s Next?

The Trainings provided targeted information sharing on regulatory and practical requirements of European retailers. With the knowledge gained, participants can continue expanding their expertise on their own, and get up-to-date on the various formal and informal norms in the agro business.  Representatives of the participating companies could directly ask questions connected to their day-to-day work, logistics, and packaging activities. After the training, they can start to gradually apply the knowledge acquired and make their products more competitive on local, European, and global markets.

 
  1. Workshop Documents