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Vojvodina organic cluster

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Monday, 29 September, 2014
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
6-10
Regions: 
Region of Vojvodina
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
IFOAM
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmailGender
Tanja
Vujanov
Cluster Manager
+38160 455 0220
organskiklaster@gmail.com
Female
Miloš
Rajković
ECCP Responsible Person
+38163504018
rajkovicmilos@gmail.com
Tamara
Mirjačić
Project Manager
+381643753677
mirjacictamara@gmail.com
Stefan
Manja
Internationalisation Responsible
+381648962295
stefan.manja@gmail.com
Srđan
Šeremešić
Internationalisation Responsible
+381641618055
seremesic@gmail.com
Languages spoken: 
Croatian
English
German
Macedonian
Russian
Serbian
Slovene
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Agricultural Inputs and Services
Education and Knowledge Creation
Technology fields: 
Food Microbiology / Toxicology / Quality Control
Safe production methods
S3 EU priority areas: 
Crop & animal production, hunting &related service activities
Biodiversity
Emerging industries: 
Environmental Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Organic agriculture
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
74
Number of SME members: 
9
Number of larger company members: 
2
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
8
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
48
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
University of Novi Sad
University
FINS
University
The Faculty of Agriculture, University of Novi Sad
University
The Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops
Research Organisation
EDUCONS
University
Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad
University
Organic Control System
SME
Global Seed d.o.o. Čurug
Larger Company
Suncokret d.o.o. Hajdukovo
SME
Zdravo organic d.o.o. Selenča
SME
DOO Mokrin
SME
Repro trade doo Novi Sad
SME
Essentico
SME
Edufarm
SME
De Plantis
SME
Imperator
SME
Jovanjica
SME
AL Rawafed Srbija d.o.o.
Larger Company
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

The association was founded in order to support the association members through:

  • Promotion of organic agricultural production and processing,
  • Increase of innovation and competitiveness,
  • The protection and preservation of the environment,
  • Sustainable development of rural areas,
  • Promotion of organic products,
  • Representation of the principles defined in the standards of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM)
  • stimulating entrepreneurship,
  • encouraging the exchange of ideas, knowledge and information among member states,
  • Promotion and support gender equality,
  • Advocating and providing technical assistance to members in obtaining funds for the implementation of development projects in various foreign and domestic sources of financing,
  • promotion of scientific research and informal education of all stakeholders of organic farming,
  • strengthening the capacity of association through the creation of joint programs and projects,
  • Committed to improve the situation of women in rural areas through educational programs.
Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
No
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to private funding (connecting to investors, seed-capital, venture-capital, crowd-funding, etc.)
Support of knowledge transfer
Support of technology transfer
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Location promotion / attraction of Foreign Direct Investment
Details of support services: 
  1. Providing support to VOC members through technology transfer and access to application methods that will enable them better positioning.
  2. Information, consultation and non-formal education
  3. Cooperation with institutions and funds in the country and abroad,
  4. Organizing seminars, workshops, training, public debates, forums, events, study trips, exhibitions and other events related to the achievement of the objectives of the association, alone or together with other organizations and associations
  5. Preparation and implementation of projects related to organic farming, sustainable development and environmental protection.
  6. Lobbying for the development of organic farming, sustainable development and environmental protection.
  7. Initiating, encouraging and publishing professional, promote and other publications.
  8. Other activities important for achieving the objectives of the association.
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
None
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Croatia
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
Name & Description (Regional/National)

Provincial Government for Economy, Employment and Gender Equality 

Provincial Government for Agriculture, Water and Forestry

Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

International Business Meetings/Date and place: 25. September 2015 in Selenca

Topics that have been covered at event: production and trade of organic food and drink; organic seeds and plant material; protective products in organic agriculture; agricultural machinery and equipment; packaging; renewable energy; production equipment; applied science and research; innovative technology in organic production; partner collaboration on projects funded by the EU.

The aim of event was to promote business cooperation, show achievements and initiate joint performances, as well as to help companies more easily and quickly to reach domestic and foreign partners.

Number of registered participants: 79 participants from 8 countries

Number of required meetings: 155 meetings/Number of meetings: 104 meetings

Businesses that reported participation had the opportunity to choose potential partners according to their characteristics and interest in cooperation. Based on this selection, each participant is assigned a list of meetings, with just the right place, time and information about potential partners, several days in advance.

On the international business meetings has been registered 79 participants from 8 countries: Belgium (1), Bosnia and Herzegovina (2) Croatia (9), Hungary (1), FYR Macedonia (2), Serbia (57), Slovakia (6), and Slovenia (1). Based on the evaluation of the collected at the event, participants assessed that the meetings were very successful. The event was attended by 14 representatives of the media.

 

Public works were conducted 19.6.-18.12.2015. within the organization of the camp in Bogojevo. Report on public works by the National Employment Service estimated as the best so far, a ratio of professional associations as they have not seen

Participation in a fair in Nuremberg, visit of organic farms in Austria, organization of business meetings and events "U smiraj dana"

In cooperation with the Association of Serbian molecular gastronomes and production company Scorpio TV show "Kuhinjica" has been recorded. The molecular gastronome Marijana Pedović with her guests cooked dishes from organic and traditionally produced food. Through a series of 52 shows, in each will be promote video of the producers, their farm, manufacturing characteristics, and thus promote their system of life and a healthy diet.

The creating a database of organic producers in Vojvodina came out from the need to be showed everything in one place as an overview of the current situation in the field of organic agriculture in Vojvodina.

Vertigo Productions in cooperation with VOC made 150 episodes in the series “Bukvar organske proizvodnje”. In the first series of the show was dedicated to the concepts and areas of organic production, then the institutions, that are engaged in organic production and finally presenting organic producers themselves.

StartUp project of developer company Eton Digital is conceived as an online platform for the sale of organic products. All manufacturers who are interested will be able to open their profile and present their farm or company. There are options for the method of payment and delivery of goods and Vojvodina cluster of organic agriculture provides logistical support to farmers about mode of operation platform and help in setting up content on the portal.

 

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

Vojvodina organic cluster (VOC) is an association founded in 2014 by the institutions, associations, producers, processors and distributors of organic products. The VOC consists of 62 members, of which 25 are legal entities and 37 registered farms engaged in organic production. For legal entities, 7 scientific and educational institutions, nine companies of the organic sector, 8 associations and 1 certificated company.

The cluster is, thanks to its capacity and the results achieved in 2016, became a member of the International Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM).

Website www.vok.org.rs created in WordPress platform for portals, is a unique information system for members. In the news section are set relevant news about organic production that are important for organic farmers, as well as the author's news that arose by visiting farms and other activities of the cluster. Members have their own subsites; they can upload materials that will best represent them, without requiring that everyone have their own site.

Facebook page followed by more than 2,700 people and individual contents reviewed over 62,000 people.