The key to Fundatia ADEPT's achievements over the last 14 years is our staff. We have a dedicated multidisciplinary team, offering a variety of skills all united around the concept of farmer-based conservation offering true sustainability. We have local knowledge (most of our team come from the Târnava Mare area) to listen to, and act upon, the local problems that are the most real and immediate threats to the survival of individual farmers and of farming communities.
We have the range of skills to tackle a whole range of problems: design of agri-environment and other Rural Development payment schemes; hygiene regulations and other inspection problems; practical microscale production techniques; marketing; building of effective farmer groups and associations. And we can tackle these problems immediately and locally. In addition, owing to our policy expertise, we can also work at national and even EU policy level, which amplifies and consolidates our local results.
This has proved to be an excellent formula for success, which has attracted European attention since there are few other integrated projects like this .
The ADEPT Saschiz office acts as a one-stop-shop providing information for rural communities on all areas of farming and wildlife, and rural income diversification, so that it brings together the range of rural support measures and delivers them effectively at local level. It acts as a centre for development of local food markets, eco-tourism, promoting access to agri-environment schemes, as a grassland conservation field centre and as an administrative centre.