Total Funding: $1.4 million
Start Date: April 2011
End Date: April 2014
Fruit Growers Association and Cooperative of Krajina Fruit and Vegetable Producers
International food markets – and to some extent the local markets in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) – have started demanding higher-quality, safer, and certified agricultural products. BiH is moving forward on its path toward Euro-Atlantic integration and conforming to EU laws and free market system. But BiH fruit and vegetable producers have difficulty meeting EU standards and competing in these lucrative markets. Farmers in northwestern BiH, in particular, face enormous obstacles to raising output of primary agricultural products and certifying their products due to their low level of knowledge about and limited access to new quality-control technologies and standards.
USAID’s project, Fostering Entrepreneurship in Rural Areas, promotes new production techniques and standards, such as Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and GlobalGAP, to help fruit and vegetable growers in northwestern BiH better compete and earn more income. GlobalGAP is an NGO that sets voluntary standards for the certification of agricultural products around the globe to reassure consumers about safety and quality. For sustainability, the project fosters institutional development of the local Fruit Growers Association and the Cooperative of Krajina Fruit and Vegetable Producers.
Implementation and Results
Promotion of IPM techniques and GlobalGAP standards to stakeholders in the target region has begun and is ongoing. In the 2011 growing season, the project helped farmers improve their agricultural practices with onsite advisory services, including continuous pest and disease monitoring and plant protection measures. As a result, 46 farmers certified their production according to GlobalGAP standards in the first year. The project increased capacity of the Cooperative of Krajina Fruit and Vegetable Producers by supplementing the purchase of machinery for sorting and packaging, as well as branding and marketing, fruits and vegetables. This assistance enhanced farmers’ ability to generate more income by 50%.
For more information:
Drazena Peranic, USAID/BiH Development Outreach and Communications Specialist
Last updated: November 27, 2013