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USAID Launches new $11.8 million Agricultural Growth and Rural Opportunities (AGRO) Program
May 5, 2015

Pristina, May 5 – Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced new assistance the United States government is providing Kosovo to further develop the nation’s highly competitive agricultural sector through grants to farmers and others within the agricultural value chain.

“Up to 60% of the population in Kosovo lives in rural areas, and it is critical that agriculture is further developed to enhance rural incomes. AGRO will build on the success of previous USAID agricultural programs to ensure that the sector provides a real living for the rural population, encouraging youth to remain in the community and see agriculture as an opportunity for business and not just for sustenance,” said USAID Mission Director Jim Hope.

October 10, 2014

This project was designed to replace the Kosovo Food and Veterinary Agency’s (KFVA) multiple redundant and inefficient veterinary and phytosanitary systems with a new, unified system that will ensure better information exchange and interception of animal and plant products.  This will have a positive impact on international trade, specifically regarding easier and safer movement of goods with animal and plant origin.

October 10, 2014

The goal of the Scholarships and Partnerships component of the Transformational Leadership Program is to develop the capacity of Kosovars to bring about transformational change in Kosovo through opportunities for advanced education, leadership development, and technical assistance. This will be accomplished through university scholarships, partnerships, and student and faculty exchanges.

October 10, 2014

National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners

USAID/Kosovo has a buy-in to a Washington-held cooperative agreement with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) to support Kosovo’s Energy Regulatory Office (ERO).  This support takes place through partnership and peer-to-peer exchanges between ERO and U.S. Regulatory Commissions with the objective of facilitating the exchange of information, data, and best practices among regulators.

October 10, 2014

USAID’s Partnership for Development program aims to enhance the enabling environment for Kosovo’s private sector to expand employment opportunities for the country’s citizens. The program works in partnership with the government and other partners to support Kosovo’s vision for economic growth by strengthening its institutions.

October 10, 2014

USAID developed a loan portfolio guarantee to increase access to finance for Kosovo’s micro, small, and medium enterprises in agricultural value chains, as well as business startups in all sectors.  These guarantees give banks the incentive to lend to business startups and agribusinesses, especially young entrepreneurs and farmers, who would otherwise find it difficult or impossible to obtain financing, in order to demonstrate the potential profitability in these sectors.  USAID is also working to assist Kosovo’s financial sector to introduce new products tailored to meet the specific needs of start-ups and agricultural businesses.

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Last updated: May 06, 2015

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