USAID, through its four-year New Opportunities for Agriculture (NOA) Program focuses primarily on recommendations proposed in Kosovo’s Agriculture Strategy 2010, including the following:
Creating Market linkages
The activity connects farmers to identified markets for targeted products via processors, traders, exporters or farmers’ organizations.
Increasing and Diversifying Agricultural Products
Volumes produced and per unit values of the targeted high-value crops increased by working with processors to identify and develop new products and locating new markets.
Improving Food Quality and Safety
Local organizations supported to certify food based on international standards, using targeted national informational campaigns and increased product testing capacity.
Increasing Affordable and Accessible Credit
The program introduces new products and enables small farmers and borrowers across the sector to meet the requirements of lending institutions, thus increasing their credit worthiness.
USAID provides additional support in the form of grants to farmers, agricultural enterprises and associations.
Improved Coordination within the Agricultural Sector
USAID provides strategic advice to the Minister and assist the Ministry to develop strategy and systems.
• Value of total sales increased by $4.5 million
• Value of export sales increased by more than $1.8 million
• Individuals trained to date exceeds target by 21% (1,828 individuals trained, including 115 women)
• Number of farmers engaged in value chains exceeds target by 42% (873 farmers, of which 44 were women)
• More than 500 new FTE created, including 200 for women
• 87 formal contracts between producers (mainly gherkin and raspberry producers) and traders, supermarkets, processors.
• 112 new technologies and management practices negotiated
Project Duration: January 2011 – January 2015
USAID Contact: Besa Ilazi
Implementing Partner: Tetra Tech/ARD
Last updated: June 05, 2013