The "Alliance for the Development and Promotion of Family Agriculture in Northern Albania" is a programme promoted by Reggio Volontari nel Mondo (RTM ) and Cooperazione per lo sviluppo Paesi emergenti (COSPE ) with the support of Agenzia Italiana per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo (AICS ). It intends to promote the economic development of northern Albania starting from its landscape and agro-pastoral resources. To address the lack of infrastructures and services for agriculture and the progressive depopulation that afflicts the region, the Alliance aims to develop a supply chain approach that connects agriculture and farming on a family scale, promoting traditional know-how, typical products, and tourism. This dossier features insights, interviews, photo stories, and video reports made by OBCT



Organic farming in Albania, a (still) unfullfilled potential

Francesco Martino | 3/06/2019

Albania has the potential to successfully develop organic farming, but the sector needs structural and sustainable interventions. We talked about it with Professor Enver Isufi, director of the Institute for Organic Agriculture in Durrës

Photo © funnyangel/Shutterstock

Discovering the Apennines, discovering Albania

Nicola Pedrazzi | 13/03/2018

A group of Albanian farmers explored the Reggio Apennines in search of useful solutions for the north of Albania. We tagged along in this "study-trip" organised by a local NGO

Rural Albania, the bet of those who stay

Mërtur | Francesco Martino | 9/01/2018

Wild, untamed mountains, poverty, and massive depopulation. In the villages of northern Albania, some resist the temptation to escape to the city and hope for a new beginning, made of sustainable rural development and alternative tourism. Our report

Mërtur, North Albania - Ivo Danchev


Family bees

Maria lives in northern Albania. She has not had an easy life, far from it. But to help her support her family and to accompany her on her journey she found thousands of small insects: bees

Salina's dream

"I want to become a veterinarian!" Salina has clear ideas, she knows what her dream is: to achieve it, she is not afraid to challenge the stereotypes that still mark the Albanian society and can count on a school that, starting from the concreteness of earth, aims straight to the future

The return

Gjimi left his mountains as a boy, along with his parents. But both in Tirana and away from Albania he has only found hard work and exploitation. And he decided, with courage, to return to his homeland

Media partners: Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso, Albanian News

Local counterparts: Partnership for Development Foundation (PFD ), Women's Centre “Passi leggeri

Other partners: Emilia Romagna Region, Autonomous Province of Bolzano, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Cooperative “Valle dei Cavalieri”, Forum of Albanian Associations in Emilia Romagna, Veneto Association of Organic Producers, Intermunicipal Association of Zadrima