ACSA is the implementing unit of the first component Agricultural Advisory Services of the Rural Investments and Services Project, RISP I (2001-2006) and RISP II (2007-2012) – a project financed by the Government of Moldova and World Bank.
Within this component, ACSA’s activities are overseen by the Supervisory Board consisted of representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry (MAFI), Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Economy, World Bank, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), and Soros Foundation Moldova.
The Supervisory Board aims at facilitating the establishment and development of an efficient agricultural advisory system in Moldova. It also ensures that the activities are undertaken and funds are managed by ACSA in a transparent manner.
Presently ACSA manages a network of 35 service providers (independent organizations) employing about 425 consultants, out of which 75 regional and 350 local consultants. The advisory, information and training services are available to over 60% of rural population.
The advisory network is established through public tender organized yearly by a special committee – the Selection Committee whose members represent various departments of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry, the Ministry of Finance, the international projects and financial institutions which operate in rural areas.
In addition, ACSA contracts yearly over 300 short term experts of international, national and regional level from research and education institutions and private companies that operate in agri-food industry.