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Kosovo farmers move from pickles to gherkins

Kosovo, like many other European countries, has a huge appetite for gherkins—the immature fruit of the cucumber plant. Home canners and industrial processors alike pickle and preserve the fresh-picked young cucumbers in late summer and early fall. Pickles are a mainstay of many a traditional winter meal.

Extracurricular activities are reinforcing classroom lessons and keeping students engaged.

Over the past four years, USAID has made great strides inside Kosovo’s classrooms: overhauling school curriculums, helping teachers get access to the resources they need, and even inspiring community-led initiatives to renovate hundreds of classrooms around the country to create better learning environments. But the work that USAID has for students after school hours might just have the longest lasting effect in the fledgling democracy.

USAID provides IT monitoring tools to Judiciary leaders

For years, Kosovo courts have been challenged in their ability to enforce civil judgments. Kosovars, particularly businesses throughout the country, have come to believe that it is not worth the time, money and effort to bring their business disputes to court because the courts are not efficient in enforcing decisions.

Blind Justice: Making Courts Accessible to Visually Impaired

Driton Obërtinca lost his vision at the age of 18, a challenge that has only served to embolden the ambitious young man. A third-year law student at the University of Prishtina, Obërtinca is also the chairman of the Youth Forum for Sports Affairs of Kosovo’s Association for the Blind.

Bumper crops of strawberries have two first-time entrepreneurs reeling in profits — and eyeing expansion thanks to USAID

Two young agricultural entrepreneurs in Kosovo, both fresh out of college, are enjoying the fruits of their labor: record-breaking yields of strawberries. But the story of their success involves more than formal education.

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Last updated: January 29, 2015

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