Goals and objectives: MITOS project is utilizing GIS technologies for the promotion of Cyprus tourism and the enhancement of its competitiveness.
Implementation: MITOS, which is developed in cooperation with the Cyprus Tourism Organization, is a full-scale GIS navigation system for Cyprus that also includes all places of tourism interest (wine routes, gastronomic routes, religious routes, hotels, walking paths, bird watching, agro tourism etc.). The free application is available in Android, IOs, Windows.
The geo-collaborative portal as a trip planning tool has also greatly assisted in the geographical/space and time/tourist season information on destinations as well as assisted in the cataloging of tourism resources and their current situation (e.g. tourists` complaints or suggestions for improvement).
In this vein, the project will measure and provide evidence of the impact of e-commerce for supporting sustainable tourism development management strategies. Ultimately, the application has offered numerous tools to identify, search, share and evaluate all required trip-related information in relation to local food and products.
Overall, the applications has offered a more sophisticated and precise way for tourists (individually and/or in groups) to enhance their holiday experience while at the same time has offered local communities a state of the art approach to promote their food and locally produced products and disseminate them directly to tourists.
Achievements: The initiative had positive effects on the organization and administration of alternative/special forms of tourism in Cyprus in terms of more visibility, information and an enhanced dialogue between travelers, hosts and local authorities, the competitiveness of small tourism companies, the degree of innovation they exhibit and the quality of their tourism product. As a result of the use of modern technologies, new distributions channels and electronic trade, and promoting a more sustainable tourism development, emphasizing issues affecting the host destination, the quality of the local environment and the overall tourism product.
Replication: The solution is ready for replication in the countries addressing preservation and marketing of local culture and traditions through development of tourism.
Partner: Cyprus University of Technology; Cyprus Tourism Organization
Partner: Cyprus University of Technology
Cyprus Tourism Organization
Goals and objectives: In 2008 the Association of Hungarian Grey Cattle Breeders developed the system that aims to ensure safety of food throughout the whole process from food production till its consumption, “from farm to fork,” through providing access to information on meat on the market via mobile phones.
This solution helps to prevent food forgery by monitoring and controlling the meat market. It is an easy way for consumers to check products before purchasing them and is useful for the producers because they can add an extra value for their product.
Implementation: The mobile phone system allows checking the origin of meat from grey cattle. To get information, a consumer can use an identification number of cattle marked on a label of packed meat as an SMS number. An SMS message with an identification number has to be sent to a phone number, and within couple of seconds, the system sends an answer with a certificate of the origin of that product, which has to include:
Achievements: The main impact of the solution is raised reliability of products and increased trust of consumers. It also contributes to stabilizing the market of special products made from indigenous breeds.
Replication: The system can be developed and implemented in other countries for other species and breeds.
Hungary Ministry of Agriculture
Tamas Szobolevszki, Head of the Animal Breeding Unit
Breeders’ Association of Hungarian Grey Cattle
Goals and objectives: To ensure sustainability and efficiency of animal husbandry in Hungary, localization of feed is a primary task for the sector. Hungary is determined to achieve self-production of feed (forage) material or have it produced geographically close, as 80-85 percent of soy-maize is imported GM soy. To replace imported GM soy, the Ministry of Agriculture allocated a budget to support for agricultural research to develop new feed wheat varieties.
Implementation: Feed wheat in general is low quality and thus unsuitable for milling and for human consumption. In order to satisfy demand in animal feeding, Novum wheat, a variety of nationally listed species hybrid, has been used to conduct an experiment.
As a result of the experiment, it was concluded that:
Achievements: Animal-fattening has been experimented by the National Agricultural Research and Innovation Centre and the results have proved that Novum wheat can replace extracted soybean meal and maize, without any loss of efficiency and need for extra enzymes.
There are other benefits of Novum wheat feeding, such as:
It is worth noting that in the experiment, low-quality Novum wheat, which had the same nutrient content as the usual feed (soybean-maize), was used. With average or high-quality Novum wheat feeding is more efficient.
Replication: The solutions can be utilized in countries interested in improving the cost-efficiency of cattle forage.
Ministry of Agriculture of Hungary
Department for EU and FAO Affairs
Department for Agriculture
Name: Zalan Varga,
Goals and objectives: Public councils are a mechanism of public control over state bodies and their activities, including processes of formulation and implementation of state policy and ensuring feedback between the state bodies and the citizens. The solution is meant to improve performance of the state bodies and facilitate better quality of public services delivery.
Implementation: The councils were established by then President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Roza Otunbaeva, in 2010 and within the UNDP Capacity Development Facility Project for 2010-2015. To lead and facilitate the process of establishing the public councils, a relevant commission was formed on a competitive basis through voting by 33 representatives of CSOs. It now comprises 15 members, 10 from CSOs and 5 from state agencies. Forty-one public councils have been under various ministries and agencies, consisting of 545 members with 171 women members. Public councils are focused on the work of each state agency they are attached to.
Close collaboration between state agencies and PCs resulted in improved quality of formulation and implementation policy and programmes of state institutions. Pressure from public councils also made state agencies become result-oriented, i.e. the Government has adopted a new performance evaluation system, comprised of the citizen’s trust index.
The Law of the Kyrgyz Republic on Public Councils of the State Bodies, adopted on 24 May 2014, institutionalized the public councils and ensured sustainability of the solution.
Replication: The solutions can be replicated in the countries in need of public administration reform and fighting corruption in state institutions.
Budget: approx. $96,000
Partners: The Government, civil society organizations, Open Society Foundations, USAID.
Mr. Alexander Kashkarev
Policy and Programme Analyst
Democratic Governance Programme
UNDP in the Kyrgyz Republic
Address: 160 Chuy Ave., Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Phone number: +996-312-611211 ext. 122 (w.) +996-770-952095 (mob.)
Solution: Local artisans from Central Asian countries face numerous challenges in selling handmade products both at the local and international levels due to lack of knowledge and experience in online marketing, e-money, exporting and approaching more clients.
Goals and objectives: To help talented artisans solve these problems and transform their businesses in self-sustainable ways through high technology, the Business Clinic of Central Asia (BCCA) with support from the USAID Business Growth Initiative (BGI came up with a social entrepreneurship based solution to market handmade products globally on the ArtAsian web site http://artasian.co/)
Implementation: Artasian.co is an online marketplace where one can purchase handicraft products, ranging from home decor to accessories and clothing made of eco-friendly materials whose design was inspired by the Great Silk Road. Through ArtAsian, the solution also contributes to the conservation of the Central Asian cultures and raising awareness about local traditions, providing artists with alternative channels for sale of their items, promoting eco-friendly and natural products.
Initially, young entrepreneurs participated in a 10-week intensive boot camp conducted by local and international mentors with support of IDEAGRAD (then BCCA, http://ideagrad.com/), a partner of ArtAsian, for free. Upon completing the boot camp, seven received initial seed capital of $1,000 for each startup from IDEAGRAD.
ArtAsian supports artisans to reach customers globally by offering services in:
The impact that the solution brings to artisans was acknowledged in the Mobile Eurasia Challenge competition in Moscow in January 2016, where ArtAsian.co won first place among 20 ventures from Armenia, Russia, Georgia, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan and earned $15,000. InFebruary 2016, the solution took third place in the World Mobile Challenge in Barcelona, Spain.
Replication: The solution can be a model for start-ups in countries with artisans dispersed to provide access to local and global markets.
Budget: $17,000 (including the seed capital).
Partners: Ideagrad (then BCCA, USAID Business Growth Initiative (BGI), World Nomad Games – Olympiad of ethnic and nomad sports.
Contact person: Nursultan Sulaimanov, Timur Turataliev
Phone: +996 777 218 699; +996 557 290 190 (Whatsapp)
Goals and objectives: to ensure better income for the producer by enabling them to produce improved, cost-effective processing and marketing of their products and enhance the economic and social lives of small-family businesses in rural areas.
Implementation: provided quality production and decreased production costs of small- and medium-sized farmers by moving together. Thanks to Tire Milk Cooperation, milk production increase is six times total milk production increase in Turkey.
Replication: The solution can be replicated in the countries with the emerging or evolving cooperative movement.
Budget: The annual turnover of 150 million TL
Partners: Food, Agriculture and Livestock Ministry, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, Ege University Faculty of Agriculture (Consulting Partner)
Tire Milk Agricultural Development Cooperative
Address : İbn-i Melek Mahallesi Turgut Özal Bulvarı No:67 Tire / İZMİR
Fax : +90 232 512 81 11
Telephone : +90 232 512 10 41 (pbx)
Goals and objectives: The mission of the cooperative is to ensure more income for producers by enabling them to produce better, cost-effective processing and marketing of their products. The cooperative is aimed at improving the economic and social lives of rural communities. So far, its membership has reached 2,085 shareholders, having started with 580 shareholders in 2002.
Implementation: To contribute to economic development and social peace, the cooperative is driven by the motto “Not Monopolisation But Cooperatives.” In order to reduce production expenses, the solution offers the following services to its shareholders:
Achievements: The cooperative has increased its net assets 32-fold in 13 years and is an important employment source with 285 employees. That number was 11 people in 2002. Due to the Tire Milk Cooperative, efforts on milk production in Turkey have increased four times. The achievement of the cooperative was recognized by FAO by being awarded the title “Example Model of Rural Development.”
Replication: The solution offers a sustainable and successful model of cooperative management that can be replicated in countries in need to develop the cooperatives system.
Partners: IFAD, Ege University, Directorate of Public Education
İbn-i Melek Mahallesi Turgut Özal Bulvarı No:67 Tire / İZMİR, Turkey
Mahmut ESKİYÖRÜK Chairman of Tire Milk Cooperative
Phone: +90 532 111 0 875
Fax: : +90 232 512 81 11
Goals and objectives: The Tire dairy cooperative is a unique story of extraordinary people who contribute to social development. With 2,085 members in 63 villages and285 employees, it aıms to ımprove the economıc and socıal lıves of small-famıly busınesses ın rural areas.
Implementation: The cooperative collects 197 tons of milk daily from 50,000 cows and contributes to the income of the villagers. The cooperative has increased its net assets 32-fold in 13 years. The cooperative has changed lives by giving more income and opportunity to farmers and the city. FAO named Tire Milk Cooperative an “Example Model of Rural Development.” Now, the cooperative plays a crucial role in the livestock sector in Turkey.
As an advanced farmer-based organization, Tire Milk Cooperative has trends to:
Tire Milk Cooperative has developed partnerships with: Food, Agriculture and Livestock Ministry (MFAL); İzmir Provincial Directorate of MFAL; the Tire District Directorate of MFAL; Izmir Metropolitan Municipality; Tire Municipality; Ege University Faculty of Agriculture (Consulting Partner); Agricultural Research Institute; Department of Training, Extension, and Publications; private companies in the dairy production chain (produce, process, store, transport and sell dairy products); agricultural input providers; Agricultural Bank and other banks; Animal Breeders Association.
Achivements: As a result of these partnerships, the Milk For Schools project was successfully conducted for five years between 2008-2013 with the cooperation of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality and Tire Milk Cooperative. Milk is being distributed in 250 schools for 20,000 students every week. The project turned into a nationwide project called Spring Lamb.
Spring Lamb Project: The project was conducted again in cooperation with Izmir Metropolitan Municipality. Every week, the cooperative provides two liters of milk each to 125,000 families with toddlers (0-5 years of age), who cannot afford it.
These solutions were implemented without any additional financial costs.
Replication: As a pilot in Turkey, it provides an example of classic government support model for cooperative development. It has some similarities with the “Zero Hunger” program in Brazil, launched by the UN agency FAO (the Food and Agriculture Organization). Due to efficient collaboration between Government and agricultural cooperatives or associations, the food was purchased from local farmers; afterwards, school lunch service and a shared kitchen provided fresh, cooked food for the poorest.
Turkey, Menemen / İzmir
International Agricultural Research and Training Center (IARTC)
Telephone : +90 232 831 10 52 Fax: +90 232 831 10 51
Solution: The agriculture sector in Turkey faces structural problems in terms of access to investment, information and technology. Agricultural employment rates are in steady decline and many farmers are operating without critical agricultural information, which significantly decreases the efficiency and the product quality. They also remain isolated from alternative markets, relying on the same archaic intermediary mechanisms to sell their crops.
Goals and Objectives: The Farmers' club project was initiated in 2009 with the aim to bring information technologies accessible and affordable to the majority of farmers to the agricultural production and marketing.
Implementation: The Farmers’ Club is a partnership between TABIT/Tarimsal Pazarlama and Vodafone, which enables famers to enjoy free phone calls between farmers, receive SMS alerts with the government information on new regulations and financial support, weather forecasts and market price quotes linked to locations and types of products, which helps to reach buyers easily.
The solution also offers lower-priced handsets, discounts on farm machinery and an opportunity to advertise their products, which significantly increases efficiency, income generation and sustainability of agricultural production and marketing.
In particular, in the Korkuteli district, where the climate is very harsh for agriculture with cold winters that often freeze harvests and summers with high humidity, resulting in crop loss due to pests and diseases the farmers lacked the knowledge about market conditions and prices. Through informing ways to overcome the frost (using tree warming processes), providinginformation about humidity rates, how to combat pests and diseases and through connecting them to the marketing network, the farmers were able to find a good sale price for their products and increase productivity. This has also played a key role in slowing down the rapid rural to urban migration as farmers whose products have gained value have given up thoughts of moving to cities and started to benefit from the local environment.
The Farmers’ Club was awarded two silver Mercury Awards in New York in 2012, Mediacat Felis Awards of Year‘s Best Media Utilization Award in 2013 and Social Business Co-creation/Special Mention of the Jury in Zermatt Summit in 2014.
Replication: Turkey is the first country where the Vodafone’s agricultural programme was introduced. Since then, the solution was replicated in five other countries: Kenya, Ghana, India, Tanzania and New Zealand.
Budget: The monthly service subscription costs $1 and with the growing number of farmers subscribing for the services, the solution proved to be sustainable.
Contact information of solution provider:
Telephone: +90 212 909 4321
Facebook URL https://www.facebook.com/tabitbilisim
Goals and objectives: The solution was initiated in 2013 within the project "The participation and involvement of women in mountain areas the local economy through the development of crafts," aimed to involve women of mountainous areas in the local economy through the development of handicrafts.
Implementation: The project covered two districts of the Sogd region, Ayni (Shamtuch Jamoat) and Panjakent (Farob, Moghiyon, and Shing Jamoats), with a population of 39,000. The main activity was to increase the incomes of rural women through the creation of four action groups. The project conducted a series of trainings and master classes and two exchange visits.
Two exhibitions of photos and crafts were held in Khujand and Dushanbe to engage the attention of urban residents and the surrounding environments, to promote traditional crafts in the countryside and to establish business relations between rural and urban areas. The project involved single women, widows, young women and girls. Qualified Tajik and international trainers helped more than 120 women develop their skills, improve the quality of their products and generate income.
The final output included development of the catalogue representing textile ornaments and patterns of the Zarafshon Valley of Tajikistan, which has been a remarkable output of the NGO Zarafshon Valley Tourism Development Association (ZTDA). The rich variety of patterns and decorative motifs included in this catalogue provide hope that these precious samples, an evidence of the history and culture of Zarafshon Valley, will raise particular interest among readers and will take their place in the world`s treasury of textile ornamentation.
Achievements: The solution greatly contributed to women's socialization, recovery and in some regions the revival of the handicraft sector.
Replication: The solution can be of interest for countries aiming to empowerment of urban or rural women through development of local crafts.
Partner: NGO «Zarafshon Valley Tourism Development Association» (ZTDA)
Open Society Institute - Assistance Foundation in Tajikistan
Lolisanam Ulugova, Program Coordinator, Arts & Culture Program
Office Phones: (+992) 47 441 0728; 47 441 0744; 227 5558
Fax: (+992) 47 441 0729
Solution: A fundamental problem in the border areas of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan is the issue of cross-border watershed and pasture use.
Goals and objectives: This solution aimed at strengthening cooperation and prevention of conflicts related to the named issues, in the border areas of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan through involving young people, in particular students, in disaster risk reduction activities.
Implementation: In 2014 – 2015, within the framework of DIPECHO’s (Department European Commission Humanitarian Commission) assistance educational program on climate change and adaptation to climate change for young people has been developed and implemented in four schools of the Bobodzhon Gafurov rayon, Jabur Rasulov rayon and Ganchi rayon of Tajikistan and in one school in Lyaylyaskiy district of Kyrgyzstan.
Interactive methods and approaches, such as competition-quiz, role-playing under a thematic character and a drawing contest have been used to effectively deliver information to participants and spectators. A competition-quiz was conducted to assess the knowledge of students in topics of natural disasters and adaption to climate change. Role-playing let students demonstrate their leadership skills in a given spontaneous situation.
The total number of participants in each district was 25 students. Also, students of grades 8-11, representatives of the departments of Youth Committee Department of Women`s Affairs committees, local authorities, representatives of the Staff Committee of Emergency Situations and Civil Defense areas were invited to observe the competition.
Achievements: 125 students participated in an interactive quiz and more than 600 students were informed about the risks associated with natural disasters and climate change. During the course, more than 100 drawings with a topic “How do I see a state of emergency?” were presented and 25 students drawing were awarded with small presents.
Replication: Southern countries can benefit from this solution for the management of cross-border issues.
Budget: €10,000 (+basic resources of an organization, like office equipment, vehicles, internet etc.)
Partners: Department of the European Commission humanitarian aid (ECHO), ACTED Kyrgyzstan, local government and self-government, local schools.
Address: 3 / 183a Lenin street, 735700, Khujand, Sughd region
NGO "Youth Group on Protection of Environment"
Contact person: Ikrom Mamadov
Phone: +992 92 7727779
Solution: Many remote areas in Tajikistan face electricity shortages and with most rural men being out of the country as labor migrants, the livelihood of rural households becomes even harder.
Goals and objectives: The project aims to contribute to the elimination of rural poverty and women empowerment through sustainable energy solutions. The main ideas are (i) to deploy several decentralized renewable energy solutions (ii) to provide practical knowledge transfer and capacity building on clean energy technologies (iii) to utilize innovative finance and business models for developing a sustainable market and (iv) to transfer good practices from Croatia to Tajikistan.
Implementation: The project was initiated in January 2014 by Istanbul Regional Hub UNDP and targeted communities in several villages across all regions of the country with high energy dependence, in particular, Bobojon Gafurov and Kanibadam districts (Sughd region), Roshtkala (Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast), Jilikul district and Safedob, Shurabad district (Khatlon region) and Guzgef village, Romit jamoat, Vahdat district.
The solution consists of the essential components, including:
Achievements: Within a year the initiative has achieved the following:
Replication: the solution is a result of good practices transferred from East to East (from Croatia to Central Asia);
Budget: around $150,000 annually
Partners: local communities, Technological University of Tajikistan
Phone number: +90 850 288 2130
Phone number: +385912259438