Aid For Trade

Project Summary


The overall development goal of the Aid for Trade project is to foster sustainable and inclusive economic growth, through the promotion of trade and the enhancement of Kosovo’s competitiveness. Acknowledging the importance of trade and industry in emerging economies and their positive influence over employment and poverty reduction trajectories, project focuses on concrete interventions required to improve Kosovo’s long term trade and economic performance by strengthening capacities to participate in and benefit from international trade.

What do we want to achieve

Aid for Trade project provides technical assistance and supports capacity development for the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) to develop and implement evidence-based and pro-poor trade reforms. Together with small and medium enterprises and farmers operating in the Economic Region South (ERS) and Mitrovicë/a region, the project works to raise productivity, employment and entrepreneurship, in a gender-responsive manner, and contributes to improved livelihoods.

Beneficiaries and stakeholders of the project include a wide range of private and public entities in Kosovo.

Results



107 new jobs created
1,063 businesses, and
1,019 farmers supported
6,567 total no. of beneficiaries reached through direct and indirect support.

Kosovo wide

1. Technical and Human Capacities:
• Established the Industrial Policy Information System (IPIS);
• Established the Petroleum Market Regulation Information System (PMRIS);
• Supported participation of 52 MTI staff (46% women) in study visits, various trainings, conferences and workshops;
• Enhanced policy-making capacities of the staff working in the Ministry of Trade and Industry (Division of Industrial Policies and Division of Tourism).
2. Evidence-based policy making:
• Developed the comprehensive Industrial Policy Platform;
• Launched 6 Sector Profiles (reports and snapshots) for competitive and labour-intensive industries (ICT, Tourism, Metal Processing, Wood Processing, Food Packaging and Processing, Textile);
• Produced 3 policy assessments for priority trade and human development topics;
• Launched “Report on Competitiveness Natural-born clusters”;
• Published study on “Impact of Tax Regime on Four Manufacturing Sectors”;
• Published report on “Potential Export Markets”.
3. Technical and export-related publications:
• Published the “Step-by-Step Guide for Exporters”;
• Published guide for designing “Export Marketing Plan”;
• Published “Handbook on Selected International Management Systems (ISO 9000, ISO 14000 & HACCP)”;
• Published comprehensive guide on “Cultivation of Raspberry” and leaflet on “Cultivation of Oregano.”

Economic Region South and Mitrovicë/a region:

1. Analytical work:
• Launched Baseline Assessment for the Economic Region South (ERS) and Baseline Assessment for Mitrovicë/a region;
• Published “Value Chain Analysis for Non-Wood Food Products” and “Value Chain Analysis for Wood Processing” for Mitrovicë/a region.
2. Tourism:
• Established tourism info point in Prizren; developed tourism catalogue and 5 guides for Economic Region South;
• Prizren tourism website prizreni360 updated and enhanced.
3. Support to businesses:
• 900 businesses benefited from direct coaching, trainings and networking events;
• 163 local businesses promoted through online platforms.
4. Support to farmers in ERS and North municipalities:
• 2 milk collection points and 2 milk processing facilities established;
• 28 milking machines distributed to women farmers in Shtërpce/Štrpce;
• 28 farmers benefited greenhouses 200m2 and other input materials;
• 2 incubators for cultivating vegetable seedlings distributed.
5. Input materials and supporting tools distributed to:
• 26 farmers with an cultivation area of 2000m2 (strawberry, raspberry and oregano);
• 15 farmers with cultivation area of 1000m2 (strawberry, raspberry);
• 790 farmers benefited from provision of extension services, trainings, round-table discussions, participation in agriculture fairs and study visits to successful farmers. 

Donor Information

Donor Amount
Government Of Finland 1,487,738.00 EUR
Czech Trust Fund 28,600.00 USD

Baseline Assessment for Mitrovica Region

On the 12th of February 2016, UNDP together with partners from the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, Ministry of Trade and Industry/Kosovo Investment Enterprise and Support Agency and the Finnish Embassy in Prishtinë/a presented the Baseline Assessment for private sector and launched the self-employment programme for Mitrovicë/a region. The Baseline Assessment provides a comprehensive analysis of the private sector environment in Mitrovicë/a region and identifies the main barriers that it faces to expansion and export. Assessment focuses on sectors with greater potential for development and employment providing specific information on their challenges and opportunities for future growth. Report also addresses the gender-related barriers as well as other issues connected to women’s economic empowerment.

In general, the assessment reveals that besides some differences in few aspects, businesses operating in different sectors and farmers share the same challenges. One of the most worrying finding of the report is the very low share of exporting companies in this region. The internal challenges to export indicate the need for increasing human and technical capacities of businesses, whereas the external factors require institutional intervention in creating a friendly businesses environment and creating a space for information sharing and networking. In addition, businesses claim that high production costs due to high taxes in raw material and intermediate products place them in unfavorable position in the market. Unfavorable financing options is another barrier that hampers businesses expansion – both in terms of investment and exporting.

In this regard, report provides several recommendations to accelerate the development of selected sectors and increase their contribution towards greater economic development. No doubt that close collaboration between institutions, private sector, international agencies and other related stakeholders, and, ownership and sustainability of interventions by local institutions are critical components in achieving greater impact in promoting trade, enhancing competitiveness and generating employment.

In addition, in line with the economic development priorities of Kosovo institutions, as a response to some of the barriers and challenges identified through the assessment, in partnership with the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, the Self-employment Programme was launched. The Programme will support the unemployed with business development training, start-up grants and also mentoring services after establishing their businesses.

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Elvira and Nedžat Salković, Leposaviq/ć

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Elvira and Nedžat Salković, Leposaviq/ć

Mrs. Elvira Salković and her husband Nedžat from Rëvatskë/Rvatska village in the municipality of Leposaviq/ć have long family tradition in agriculture, thus Mrs. Elvira was one of 28 beneficiaries supported with a modern greenhouse of 200 m² size, drip irrigation system, agriculture inputs, fertilizers, pesticides and other inputs. She received tomato, pepper and cucumbers seedlings. Mr. Nedžat acknowledged that production of tomatoes this year was very good, beyond their expectations and has considerably increased family’s revenues. Now, during the winter season, in the donated greenhouse, family Salković planted spinach that will be harvested during the month of December. He expects good income from spinach sell.

In addition to this, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland through the UNDP’s Aid for Trade project, supported Mrs. Salković with professional advises and trainings on the greenhouse vegetable production technologies. Although all family members engage in agriculture and take care of their 4ha of land, they employ seasonal workers during the harvesting period. Salković family is interested in starting the cultivation of strawberries too.

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Milutin Nastić, Leposaviq/ć

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Milutin Nastić, Leposaviq/ć

Mr. Milutin Nastić from Leposaviq/ć was supported with strawberry seedlings, irrigation system, fertilizers and other supplementary inputs for a 2000 m² land area. In addition, Mr. Nastić took part in the trainings on cultivation of strawberries organized by the Aid for Trade implementing partner, IADK.

Mr. Nastić explains the process of strawberry planting with enthusiasm. He and his family members were very busy this year trying their best to take proper care of strawberry seedlings. Overall, all activities were conducted correctly, thus everything promises great flowering of strawberries next year. Land with strawberries is already covered with plastic sheets for protection from cold temperatures.

Mr. Nastić is very happy with the way how the first year of strawberry cultivation went, and hopes it will continue the same in the future so that the yearly income could increase from 20 up to 30%. In addition to this new agricultural activity, his family traditionally cultivates wheat, corn, and few years ago he started cultivating nuts as well.

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Slaviša Radovanović, Leposaviq/ć

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Slaviša Radovanović, Leposaviq/ć

Mr. Radovanović from the village of Seoc/Seoce in the municipality of Leposaviq/ć was supported with oregano seedlings for 2000m2, drip irrigation system and a 50 m² greenhouse for drying harvested plants.

Mr. Radovanović pays a remarkable care for oregano culture. Though during the first year of oregano cultivation little income was generated, he expects to increase the profit in the following year and reach the maximum in the 3rd year. Oregano can be harvested two to three times per year. As per its price in the market, the profit that Mr. Radovanović expects to earn is around EUR 1,500 per harvest.

Besides to this new oregano cultivation activity, Mr. Radonić cultivates “St John's wort” (kantarion), but his long family tradition is in cultivation of wheat and corn that is less profitable in comparison to oregano.

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Branko Ninić, Leposaviq/ć

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Branko Ninić, Leposaviq/ć

Mr. Branko Ninić from the village of Jarinjë/Jarinje in the Leposaviq/ć municipality was supported with raspberry seedlings, irrigation system and other inputs for an area of 2000 m2. He is very happy with the received assistance and is expecting to increase next year’s revenues from cultivation of this culture. For next year, Mr. Ninić plans to collect/harvest around 4 tons of raspberries that will increase his income by EUR 8,000 approximately.

Apart from this new activity, Ninić family cultivates successfully potatoes and apples. But, if raspberry cultivation goes as well as expected, Mr. Ninić is planning to use the potatoes land for cultivation of raspberries as it enables generation of higher profits.

Mr. Ninić works the land with his family members, while during the harvesting season he engages seasonal workers.

Empowering Kosovar Farmers - Shyhrete Arifi

Shyhrete Arifi

Shyhrete Arifi lives in Piranë/a village, municipality of Prizren, together with 32 family members. Arifi family is well known in the area for cultivation of many different agriculture products and their hard work. Agriculture has always been the only activity that Arifi family is engaged in and they are satisfied with the results as the income they generate helps them cover all family expenses, including the costs of studies for their eight family members.

Arifi family owns 10ha of arable lands and rents additional 10ha where they cultivate peppers, lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, salad and apples and look after their livestock. Their products are easily sold because of their excellent quality.

Bekim Arifi is one of the very active family members responsible for the raspberry farm supported by the Aid for Trade project. To establish this farm, Arifi family was assisted with three types of strawberry seedlings, irrigation system, fertilizer, pesticides, pruning scissors, and other farming inputs. With regards to this year harvest, Bekim explains that, as expected, production was limited and used mainly for family consumption. Still, he is very optimistic for the next year’s harvest season and expects to yield 2-3 tons of strawberries. Bekim is very grateful for the support their family received and for the professional advices provided by experts engaged by Initiative for Agriculture Development in Kosovo (IADK), the Aid for Trade implementing partner for agriculture related component. With regards to selling strawberries, same as with other products, Bekim is confident that this will not be difficult because of good quality and great taste.

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Erion Kabashi

Erion Kabashi

Erion Kabashi from Suharekë/Suva Reka is one of the ten farmers supported in establishing a 2000m2 strawberry parcel. Erion and his five family members benefited 10,000 strawberry seedlings, irrigation system, fertilizers, pesticides and other supplementary inputs. Moreover, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, through UNDPs Aid for Trade project, helped Erion with provision of on-the-spot advisory services and enabled him to learn about the methodology and technology applied by successful strawberry farmers in Kosovo.

Kabashi family has long farming experience. They cultivate corn and wheat and are well aware of the great production and income generation that cultivation of strawberries brings. Erion recalls expert advices and though young in age he is conscious that greater results require higher commitment and more work.

Value chain analysis for Non-Wood Forest Products and Wood Processing for Mitrovicë/a region launched

Value chain analysis for Non-Wood Forest Products and Wood Processing for Mitrovicë/a region launched

On 12th October 2015, UNDP’s Aid for Trade project, funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, published the Value Chain Analysis on Non-Wood Forest Products and Wood Processing sectors for Mitrovicë/a region. Participants in the launching ceremony included Her Excellency the Ambassador of Finland, Mrs. Anne Huhtamäki, UN Development Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Andrew Russell, representatives from central and local institutions, chambers of commerce, international agencies and donors, banks, and businesses operating in respective sectors.

The overall objective of the analysis is to provide more information on the current stage of development and provide recommendations that would enable import substitution and/or greater access to export markets. Analysis provide information on the current capacities of the value chain actors (farmers, processors, distributers, and input suppliers), identify their challenges, necessities and potential. In particular, analysis assess the existing situation (nature and scope of operations) of the selected sectors, and provide specific and realistic short and medium-term interventions to address the identified barriers faced by involved actors, including actions to support and empower women, youth, and the economically active poor to fit into enhanced productivity and other activities along the value chains.

Analysis are available on both print and digital formats. Electronic versions can be accessed through the link on the lower right side of this page and on the Publications album on project’s Facebook page.

On 4 November 2015, Teuta Purrini Xhabali, UNDPs Aid for Trade Project Manager, was invited for an interview in RTK morning program to talk about the recently published value chain analysis and overall project achievements. To watch the interview click this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MLBLV1Gmz4

Empowering Kosovar farmers - Miloš Vukićević

Empowering Kosovar farmers - Miloš Vukićević

In the municipality of Leposaviç/ć, Miloš Vukićević owns 2ha of arable lands, where he cultivates corn and wheat. Along with his family of nine, they share their farmland’s responsibilities, and sell their output to local markets generating revenues to cover their expenses throughout the year.

To enhance their production capacities, UNDP’s Aid for Trade project supported the Vukićević family with raspberry seedlings, drip-by-drip irrigation system, and other farming inputs for a 2000m2 raspberry farm. With over ten years of farming experience, Miloš has ensured that his new raspberry farm grows steadily, and he has used this year’s output for personal use. Miloš is looking forward to next year’s harvest season, where he anticipates to harvest 3-5 tons of fresh raspberries. Mr. Vukićević is confident that he will be able to sell his raspberry output at 2.00EUR/kg to local collection centers, and he will use a portion of the raspberry revenues to expand his raspberry farm next year.

Aid for Trade project also supported Mr. Vukićević with expert training modules covering all phases of raspberry cultivation and post-harvest maintenance activities, and enabled him to participate in a study trip in Arilje, a globally-recognized raspberry cultivating region. During this visit, Mr. Vukićević was able to meet with fellow farmers from other countries in the region and to discuss new and better methodologies for raspberry cultivation.

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Arben Januzaj

Arben Januzaj lives in a household along with his father and 22 other family members. Together, they tend to their family’s farmlands in the municipality of Malishevë/Mališevo, where they cultivate wheat, corn, peppers, and lettuce, and look after their livestock. After the harvesting season, the Januzaj family sells their output to local markets and uses the revenues from their farmlands to cover family expenses.

To support Arben’s farming business, UNDP’s Aid for Trade project his family in setting up a new, 1000m2 strawberry farm. Arben benefited strawberry seedlings, drip-by-drip irrigation system and other farming inputs needed for a complete strawberry farm. This was the first time that the Januzaj family has received support from any donor organization operating in Kosovo.

Arben is very pleased with the way his new strawberry farm flowered during the first few months upon plantation, and he is looking forward to next year’s harvest season. He expects to harvest close to 4 tons of fresh strawberries which he plans to sell to local markets at 0.80 – 1.00 EUR/kg.

In addition to provision of direct support, Aid for Trade project also supported the Januzaj family with expert training modules for strawberry cultivation, and enabled Arben to attend a local exchange visit for strawberry cultivation, as well as a study visit in the Arilje region in Serbia, where he was able to observe latest practices with regards to vegetable and soft-fruits cultivation.

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Imer and Melihate Duraku

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Imer and Melihate Duraku

Melihate Duraku and her family of 6 look after their family’s farmlands in the municipality of Rahovec/Orahovac. Mrs. Duraku cultivates onions, carrots, peppers, sage and saffron in her 2ha of arable lands, where she receives help from family members as well as from 3 full time employees.

To support the Duraku family in cultivating more medical herbs and aromatic plants (MHAP), UNDP’s Aid for Trade project supported them with oregano seedlings, irrigation system, 50m2 black-sheet drying greenhouse, and other farming inputs for a 2000m2 oregano farm. The Duraku family is very pleased with project’s support and with the way the oregano farm has blossomed during the first few months upon being planted. So far they have harvested and sold nearly 200kg of fresh oregano. Mrs. Melihate is looking forward to next year’s full harvest season, and she believes that her new oregano farm will increase her family’s annual revenues by more than 10%.

The Aid for Trade project also supported Mrs. Duraku with expert training modules covering all phases of MHAP cultivation. Moreover, project enabled Melihate to attend study visits to the Agriculture Fair in Vojvodina and to the Arilje region in Serbia, where she was able to discuss various new techniques and methodologies for cultivation of MHAPs and various other cultures.

Empowering Kosovar farmer – Xhevat Dina

Xhevat Dina and his family of four live in the Celinë/Celina village in the municipality of Rahovec/Orahovac. Together, they look after their family’s farmlands, where they cultivate tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers, and sell them to local markets. The Dina family uses these revenues to cover their family’s monthly expenditures. Since the Dina family owns less than 0.30ha of arable lands, their revenues from vegetable sales during the spring and summer seasons, are sometimes insufficient to cover the family’s entire annual expenses.

This year, to support Xhevat Dina’s family business, UNDP’s Aid for Trade project supported the Dina family with a 200m2 greenhouse, vegetable seedlings, irrigation system and other farming inputs. In addition, project also supported Xhevat with expert training modules covering all phases of indoor vegetable cultivation and maintenance.

Xhevat has been pleased with his new greenhouse’s production quality, and has been able to produce over 2200kg of fresh tomatoes and fresh cucumbers which he has sold to local markets with ease. Mr. Dina now intends to continue producing vegetables throughout the fall and winter seasons, as his new greenhouse provides optimal conditions for indoor vegetable growth even during the cold months of the year. Mr. Dina plans to cultivate onions and spinach, and he is confident that he will be able to receive a favorable market price for his output during the winter season.

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Albërie Durmishi

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Albërie Durmishi

Albërie Durmishi, a passionate farmer, has a family of six members and together they look after their family’s small farmlands and poultry farm in the beautiful outskirts of the municipality of Dragash/š. The Durmishi family cultivates tomatoes and peppers, and sells their output to local markets, while they use their poultry farm’s output for personal consumption. Mrs. Durmishi uses revenues from her sales to local markets to cover family’s financial obligations.

Albërie’s family business was supported with raspberry seedlings, drip-by-drip irrigation system and other farming inputs for a 2000m2 raspberry farm through the Aid for Trade project. In addition, project enabled Mrs. Durmishi to participate in many exchange visits and study trips in various municipalities in Kosovo as well as to the Agriculture Fair in Vojvodina, and to the Arilje region in Serbia, where she was able to witness and discuss latest technologies and farming methodologies with other farmers from various countries in the region. Moreover, Mrs. Durmishi was also supported with expert training modules covering all phases of raspberry cultivation and maintenance.

The raspberry farm is off to a great and healthy start, and Albërie is looking forward to next-year’s harvesting season, and she expects her new raspberry farm to improve her family’s annual revenues by more than 20%.

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Enver Ahmetaj

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Enver Ahmetaj

In the municipality of Prizren, Enver Ahmetaj and his family look after their 6ha of arable lands, where they cultivate apples and plums and sell their output to local markets. Mr. Ahmetaj also cultivates various vegetables in three greenhouses that they have built through the years. Enver tends to his family’s farmlands with support from family members, as well as from three full-time employees and three seasonal employees. With over 30 years of farming experience, Mr. Ahmetaj is a seasoned farmer and is looking for ways to increase his farmland’s profitability and output rate.

UNDP’s Aid for Trade project supported this family with raspberry seedlings, irrigation system, and other farming inputs for a 2000m2 raspberry farm. In addition, AfT project also supported Enver with expert training modules covering all phases of raspberry cultivation and post-harvesting activities, and enabled him to participate in an exchange visit to successful farmers in Kosovo where he was able to witness other farmers’ methodologies for raspberry cultivation and learn new cultivation techniques regarding this soft fruit.

Mr. Ahmetaj is very excited about this opportunity and is looking forward to next year’s full harvest. If pleased with the next year’s results of his raspberry farm, Enver has set aside an additional 2.2ha of family’s arable lands for the purpose of expanding his family’s raspberry business. In this case, Mr. Ahmetaj believes he will hire at least one more full-time employee and several more seasonal employees to support his raspberry farm expansion.

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Shpend and Xhemile Hajzeri

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Shpend and Xhemile Hajzeri

In the beautiful outskirts of North Mitrovicë/a, Shpend and Xhemile Hajzeri cultivate corn, raspberries, sage and saffron in their 5ha of arable lands. Mr. Hajzeri employs three seasonal employees, and sells his family’s output to local markets with great ease. Presently, the Hajzeri family does not use their entire farmlands for production, and is seeking opportunities to expand their farming business and to make better use of their farmlands.

To enhance domestic farmers’ production capacities, UNDP’s Aid for Trade project, supported this family with oregano seedlings, irrigation system, a 50m2 black-sheet drying greenhouse, and other farming inputs for a 2000m2 oregano farm. Mr. Hajzeri is very pleased with his new oregano farm’s output during the first months, having harvested nearly 190kg of fresh oregano. He is looking forward to harvesting and selling his oregano farm’s output next season, which he believes will increase his family’s annual revenues by more than 10%.

In cooperation with implementing partner Initiative for Agricultural Development of Kosovo (IADK), Aid for Trade project also supported the Hajzeri family with expert training modules, covering all phases of oregano cultivation and post-harvesting maintenance activities. Moreover, Mr. and Mrs. Hajzeri can also take advantage of the free Greek Oregano cultivation leaflet supported by the Aid for Trade project.

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Satbere and Muharrem Jakupi

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Satbere and Muharrem Jakupi

In the northern municipality of Zubin Potok, Satbere Jakupi and her family own 4ha of farmlands by the river where they cultivate corn, wheat, tomatoes and cucumbers and also own many bee hives. They sell their honey and their farmland’s output to local markets and use the revenues from these sales activities to cover their living expenses.

To enhance Jakupi family’s production capacities and profit-generating opportunities, UNDP’s Aid for Trade project, supported this family with raspberry seedlings, irrigation system, and other farming inputs for a 1000m2 raspberry farm. Muharrem’s life-long farming experience has quickly translated into robust growth for his raspberry farm and he is looking forward to next year’s first harvesting season. Mr. Jakupi has signed an agreement with a nearby collection center – ZZ Zubin Potok, which will purchase Mr. Jakupi’s entire raspberry output at a pre-agreed price of 1.80EUR/kg.

If his new raspberry venture goes as planned, next year Mr. Jakupi intends to expand his raspberry farm for an additional 1000m2 and to hire 1 seasonal employee to help with daily activities during the maintenance and harvesting seasons.

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Hysni Guraziu

Empowering Kosovar farmers –Hysni Guraziu

In the municipality of Malishevë/Mališevo, Hysni Guraziu has over 20 years of experience cultivating and gathering various types of wildly-grown medical herbs and aromatic plants (MHAP). Along with his son and a seasonal employee, Mr. Guraziu has converted a portion of his household into an herbal-tea manufacturing factory, where he produces over 10 different types of herbal and medical teas for local markets. Mr. Guraziu is quite content with sales and market demand, and he intends to expand his product line to include even more tea varieties.

To support and strengthen Mr. Guraziu's trade, UNDP's Aid for Trade project supported the Guraziu family with oregano seedlings, irrigation system, a 50m2 drying-greenhouse and other farming inputs for a 2000m2 oregano farm. Hysni is very happy with his new drying-greenhouse, as before project’s support he was running out of drying-storage facilities for his raw materials.

Project also supported the Guraziu family with expert training modules covering all phases of oregano cultivation, including training on post-harvesting maintenance and drying procedures.

Empowering Kosovar farmers - Slavko Dinić

Empowering Kosovar farmers - Slavko Dinić

In the beautiful outdoors in municipality of Zubin Potok, Mr. Dinić passionately looks after his family’s elegant farmlands, where he cultivates sage, saffron, walnuts, corn, lettuce, tomatoes and peppers. Slavko has over 20 years of experience in farming, and he focuses on organic and gluten-free cultivation of vegetables for which he has a steady market demand.

To support Slavko’s farming business, UNDP’s Aid for Trade project provided the Dinić family with a 200m2 greenhouse, vegetable seedlings, drip-by-drip irrigation system and other farming inputs. Slavko is content with the quality and quantity of output from his new greenhouse, having already harvested more than 900kg of fresh tomatoes and peppers. In addition, Slavko is quite pleased that his new greenhouse offers optimal conditions for continuing production throughout the cold months of the year. Slavko intends to cultivate spinach and onions during fall and winter seasons and is confident that he will be able to sell this output at premium market prices.

UNDP’s Aid for Trade project also supported Mr. Dinić with expert training modules covering all phases of indoor vegetable cultivation, and also enabled him to participate in a training session for writing business plans and applications for the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development grant scheme.

Empowering Kosovar farmers - Ljubiša Jakšić

Empowering Kosovar farmers - Ljubiša Jakšić

Ljubiša Jakšić lives with his family of five in the municipality of Zubin Potok. Mr. Jakšić owns 0.60ha of arable lands where he cultivates strawberries and raspberries and sells his output to local markets. Ljubiša has over 20 years of farming experience.

UNDP’s Aid for Trade project supported the Jakšić family with strawberry seedlings, drip-by-drip irrigation system and other farming inputs for a new 1000m2 strawberry farm. In addition, project also provided Mr. Jakšić with expert training modules covering all phases of strawberry cultivation and maintenance techniques, and also enabled Mr. Jakšić to participate in two international study visits to the Agriculture Fair in Vojvodina, Serbia, and to the Arilje region where he was able to meet with fellow farmers from the region and discuss newest tools and methodologies for the cultivation of various fruits and vegetables.

UNDP’s Aid for Trade project is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

Empowering Kosovar farmers - Dušan Kuzmanović

Empowering Kosovar farmers - Dušan Kuzmanović

In the municipality of Leposaviç/ć, Dušan Kuzmanović and his family of four, work their 4ha of arable lands, where they cultivate mainly watermelons, and also tomatoes and peppers. Mr. Kuzmanović sells his output to local markets through his private company “Maxifull”. Dušan is very pleased to have produced over 800kg of fresh vegetables so far, and is looking for ways to expand his trade by increasing his vegetable production capacity.

To support the Kuzmanović family in their farming business, UNDP’s Aid for Trade project supported this family with a 200m2 greenhouse, vegetable seedlings, drip-by-drip irrigation system and other farming inputs. This new greenhouse has expanded Mr. Kuzmanović’s vegetable production capacities and will also enable him to continue production throughout the cold months of the year, as the greenhouse is suited to support vegetable growth conditions throughout fall and winter seasons. In addition to provision of greenhouse, project also supported Mr. Kuzmanović with expert training modules covering all phases of vegetable cultivation and maintenance. Moreover, project also enabled Dušan to participate in a study trip to the Agriculture Fair in Vojvodina where he was able to create a network with fellow farmers in the region and to discuss latest techniques and methodologies for vegetable cultivation and more.

Empowering Kosovar farmers - Gorica Kovačević

Empowering Kosovar farmers - Gorica Kovačević

Gorica Kovačević lives in a household with ten other family members, and together they work on their 6ha of arable lands, where they cultivate corn, wheat and watermelons and sell them to local markets in the municipality of Leposaviç/ć.

To support and enhance this family’s vegetable-producing activities, UNDP’s Aid for Trade project provided the Kovačević family with a 200m2 greenhouse, vegetable seedlings, drip-by-drip irrigation system, and other farming inputs. In addition, project also supported the Kovačević family with expert training modules covering all phases of indoor vegetable production and post-harvest maintenance activities.

Mrs. Kovačević stated that her family has been very pleased with their new greenhouse’s quality of output and that they have been able to sell nearly 1 ton of fresh tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers to local markets with ease and at competitive prices. Moreover, during the fall and winter seasons, they plan on continuing vegetable production in their new greenhouse, as they plan to cultivate spinach and onions during this time of the year, to meet strong market demand for these products.

Training on developing action plans successfully organized

Training on developing action plans successfully organized

On 14th of October 2015, Aid for Trade project in close cooperation with the Department of Industry of the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI), concluded the three-day training on Development of Project Proposals. Training covered important project elements such as definition of project goals, objectives, outputs and activities, logframe and indicators and was attended by representatives of MTI, Kosovo Investment and Enterprise Support Agency (KIESA), Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development (MAFRD), Kosovo Chamber of Commerce and Customs of Kosovo.

This training session will be followed with preparation of a guideline (manual) describing the process for developing project proposals.

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Hamza Morina

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Hamza Morina

Hamza Morina and his family of 20 live in the outskirts of the municipality of Rahovec/Orahovac, where they live of their land, cultivating lettuce, peppers, watermelons, onions, potatoes and tomatoes. With over 70 years of combined farming experience, the Morina family members share their responsibilities for tending to their farmland.

To enhance farmers’ domestic production capacities, UNDP’s Aid for Trade project supported the Morina family with a 200m2 greenhouse, vegetable seedlings, irrigation system, and other farming inputs. Mr. Hamza is very pleased with his new greenhouse’s output during the spring and summer seasons as he has harvested a consistent rate of quality output from each batch of production in his greenhouse. Mr. Morina is excited to continue using his greenhouse during the cold months of the year to cultivate spinach – which Mr. Morina will be able to sell to local markets at a high profit margin as demand for this type of vegetable overwhelms supply capacities during this season.

Aid for Trade also supported the Morina family with expert-training modules for greenhouse cultivation covering all phases of cultivation and post-harvest maintenance. In addition, project also enabled Mr. Hamza to participate in various agriculture study visits in Kosovo, as well as in a study trip to the Arilje region in Serbia.

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Isret Badallaj

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Isret Badallaj

In the village of Vlashnjë/Vlašnja, in the municipality of Prizren, the Aid for Trade project provided direct support to Mr. Isret Badallaj and his family of 27 members. The Badallaj family was supported with a 200m2 greenhouse, vegetable seedlings, irrigation system and other farming inputs. Isret is very passionate about his family’s new greenhouse and he loves to showcase it to visitors and fellow farmers; he has even invested in additional farming tools that measure the temperature and rate of humidity in his greenhouse, contributing to higher quality output. So far this season, he has had great success cultivating over 4tonnes of tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers.

The project also supported Mr. Badallaj with expert training modules covering cultivation phases, maintenance procedures and other general activities. In addition, during the first four months of cultivation, Aid for Trade project, in cooperation with implementing partner Initiative for Agricultural Development of Kosovo (IADK) provided supervision, support and expert counseling to the Badallaj family with regards to greenhouse cultivation techniques and methodologies.

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Elajdin Vuqitërrna

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Elajdin Vuqitërrna

In the municipality of Rahovec/Orahovac, Elajdin Vuqitërrna and his family of 6 tend to their family’s farmland where they cultivate tomatoes, lettuce, potatoes and carrots. Together, the Vuqitërrna family has over 30 years of combined farming experience and they sell their family’s output to local markets and use the revenues for covering family’s annual expenses. To support the Vuqitërrna family in their farming business, UNDP’s Aid for Trade project supported them with a 200m2 greenhouse, vegetable seedlings, irrigation system and other farming inputs. Mr. Vuqitërrna claims that project’s support will enable his family to increase their annual revenues by more than 50%.

In addition, project also supported Elajdin and his family members with professional training modules, covering all phases of vegetable cultivation and maintenance, to ensure that their transition from outdoor to indoor cultivation does not interfere with their output’s quantity and quality.

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Ilmi Zenuni

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Ilmi Zenuni

In the village of Krushë e Madhe/Velika Kruša in the municipality of Rahovec/Orahovac, Ilmi Zenuni and his family work their 1.2Ha of farmlands, where they produce tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, and grapes. Though Ilmi faced strong price competition during the peak season, he manages to sell his output with ease in local markets. This year, UNDP’s Aid for Trade project has supported the Zenuni family with a 200m2 greenhouse, vegetable seedlings, irrigation system, and other farming inputs. The Zenuni family is very pleased with their greenhouse’s production, and during the winter season, they intend to cultivate spinach and onions. Mr. Ilmi is confident that his new greenhouse will increase his family’s annual revenues by more than 15%, as it will enable him to produce fresh vegetables during the cold months of the year, and sell them at much higher prices than he would be able to do during the peak, summer months.

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Naim Krasniqi

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Naim Krasniqi

In the Neperbishtë/Neprebište village in the municipality of Suharekë/Suva Reka, Naim Krasniqi has 2 hectares of arable land which he cultivates along with other family members. The Krasniqi family cultivates tomatoes, peppers, onions, lettuce and spinach. Upon harvesting his farmland, Mr. Krasniqi sells his output to local markets, and uses the revenues for covering family expenses.

To assist Naim and his family in their farming business, the Aid for Trade project, funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, supported the Krasniqi family with a 200m2 greenhouse, vegetable seedlings, irrigation system, and other farming inputs for vegetable cultivation. Mr. Krasniqi has been very pleased with the first few batches of production from his greenhouse. Naim is also excited about making the most of his greenhouse during the upcoming cold seasons of the year. His new greenhouse is capable of preserving optimal climate and soil conditions for supporting healthy and high-quality growth during the winter season as well, and Mr. Krasniqi intends to cultivate onions and spinach during this season.

Mr. Krasniqi is confident that his new greenhouse “will increase his family’s annual revenue stream by up to 15%, and provide income-generating opportunities for his family members during the winter season as well”.

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Rahim Mazrek

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Rahim Mazrek

In the municipality of Mamushë/Mamuša, Rahim Mazrek has a family of 12 and owns 0.40Ha of land where they cultivate lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and watermelons. Due to high competition in local markets, Rahim gathers his farm’s output and travels to bigger towns such as Prizren, Prishtinë/Priština and other municipalities to sell his agricultural output at more convenient prices.

This year, UNDP’s Aid for Trade project supported the Mazrek family with a 200m2 greenhouse, vegetable seedlings, irrigation system and other farming inputs. In addition, project also supported this family with professional training modules, covering all phases of vegetable cultivation, harvesting, and even techniques on post-harvest maintenance.

Furthermore, under the framework of Aid for Trade project, Mr. Mazrek, as well as other direct-beneficiaries of project, were supported and monitored by agricultural experts for four months upon commencing their greenhouse cultivation activities.

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Dervish Hoxhaj

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Dervish Hoxhaj

In the Vlashnjë/Vlašnja village, in the municipality of Prizren, Dervish Hoxhaj and his family members work in their farmlands, where they cultivate peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelons, and they look after their livestock. In addition to cultivating various vegetables and fruits in their 4Ha of farmlands, Mr. Hoxhaj also rents additional arable lands which further enhance Mr. Hoxhaj’s production capacities. He is also engaged in milk processing and sells cheese and yogurt directly to local private markets.

To increase the Hoxhaj family’s production capacities during the winter season, UNDP’s Aid for Trade project supported them with a 200m2 greenhouse, vegetable seedlings, irrigation system, and other farming inputs. Dervish is confident that his new greenhouse will support his family in covering their monthly expenses during the cold months of the year and to continue producing high quality vegetables and sell them at premium prices during the fall and winter seasons.

Project also supported Mr. Hoxhaj with professional training modules, covering all phases of cultivation and post-cultivation maintenance. Moreover, Aid for Trade project also enabled Mr. Hoxhaj to attend the Agricultural Fair in Vojvodina, where he was able to learn about the latest and best practices with regards to various types of vegetable and fruit farming.

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Behije Arifi

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Behije Arifi

Behije Arifi lives in a household with 22 other family members in the municipality of Prizren. Together, the Arifi family shares their farming duties and responsibilities, and they cultivate strawberries, peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, and apples.

Mrs. Arifi has over five years of experience in strawberry farming, and their family owns a 1000m2 strawberry farm from which they harvest up to 3 metric tons of fresh strawberries each season, generating sufficient revenues to cover family’s daily needs and financial obligations. To support and enhance domestic agricultural production, UNDP’s Aid for Trade project supported the Mrs. Behije Arifi’s family with strawberry seedlings, irrigation system, and other farming inputs for a 2000m2 strawberry farm.

Mrs. Behije was also supported with 5 expert training modules, covering all phases of strawberry cultivation, further improving her knowledge and ability to successfully cultivate strawberries.

The Arifi family has been very pleased with the way the strawberries have flowered during the first months, and is looking forward to the first full-season harvest, as she expects to harvest an additional 7tons of fresh strawberries next season, thus improving their family’s annual revenue stream by more than 20%.

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Ferat Mazrek

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Ferat Mazrek

In the municipality of Mamushë/Mamuša, Ferat Mazrek and his family cultivate tomatoes, peppers, wheat and corn on family’s 7ha of arable lands. To enhance production capacities of the Mazrek family, UNDP’s Aid for Trade project supported Ferat’s family with vegetable seedlings, a 200m2 greenhouse, irrigation system, and other farming inputs. Ferat’s new greenhouse, will enable his family to keep working and cultivating vegetables past the spring and summer seasons, as it provides the Mazrek family with an optimal environment for cultivation throughout the cold months of the year. Like all other direct-beneficiary farmers of the Aid for Trade project, Mr. Mazrek was also supported with expert training modules on all stages of vegetable production and maintenance. Under project’s framework, during the first four months upon receiving direct-support, Mr. Mazrek benefited from provision of advisory services through agricultural experts of the project’s implementing partner organization - Initiative for Agricultural Development of Kosovo (IADK).

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Sami Kryezi

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Sami Kryezi

Sami Kryezi has 15 family members and together they look after their 6ha of farmlands where they cultivate tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, lettuce, pumpkins, watermelons, and grapes. The Kryezi family’s farmlands in the municipality of Mamushë/Mamuša are outdoors and not protected during the cold seasons of the year. Consequentially, Sami’s family members that usually help with outdoor farming during spring and summer are left without a job during fall and winter seasons.

To assist Sami with his farming business, UNDP’s Aid for Trade project supported his family with a 200m2 greenhouse, irrigation system and other farming inputs. Now, the Kryezi family will be able to continue farming vegetables throughout the year, as their new greenhouse will provide good conditions for vegetable growth even during the cold months of the year, thus enabling them to produce and sell fresh vegetables during a time period when market prices are much higher than during peak season, increasing his family’s annual revenue stream by more than 10%.

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Cemil Morina

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Cemil Morina

Cemil Morina lives with 40 other family members in a large household, in the small municipality of Mamushë/Mamuša. Together, they look after their 3ha of farmlands with ease. The Morina family cultivates lettuce, cucumbers and they also look after their livestock. Through these activities, generate sufficient revenues to meet their family’s needs and annual expenses.

This year, UNDP’s Aid for Trade family supported the Morina family with a 200m2 greenhouse, vegetable seedlings, irrigation system, and other farming inputs. This greenhouse will enable the Morina family to continue producing batches of fresh vegetables throughout the year and to supply local markets during the winter period, when both demand and prices are much higher than during peak season.

Project also supported the Morina family with expert training modules, covering all phases of indoor cultivation, harvesting, and post-harvesting activities. In addition, Mr. Morina was monitored by agricultural experts during the first four months of production in his greenhouse.

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Jeton Kabashi

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Jeton Kabashi

In the Krushicë e Poshtme/Donja Krušica village in the municipality of Prizren, Jeton Kabashi’s family of 7, cultivate tomatoes, peppers and onions. The Kabashi family makes a living of their arable lands by selling their produce mainly to local markets mainly.

UNDP’s Aid for Trade project, funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, supported the Kabashi family with a 200m2 greenhouse, pepper and tomato seedlings, irrigation system and other farming inputs. Mr. Kabashi intends to work this greenhouse with his family members throughout the year, and is especially excited for the winter season, as his new greenhouse will enable him to keep producing vegetables during this season as well. Under project’s framework, Jeton Kabashi was also supported with expert training modules regarding indoor cultivation, harvesting activities and post-harvesting maintenance strategies.

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Dashurije Kuqi

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Dashurije Kuqi

In the municipality of Suharekë/Suva Reka, Dashurije Kuqi has a family of five. Along with her husband, the Kuqi family has over 20 years of combined farming experience, and together they cultivate tomatoes, onions, peppers and cucumbers. The Kuqi family is a direct beneficiary of Aid for Trade’s project, and received a 200m2 greenhouse, vegetable seedlings, irrigation system and other farming inputs.

During the first months of cultivation, the Kuqi family has been able to produce 3,700kg of tomatoes and cucumbers from their new greenhouse and has sold all their output to local markets. Mr. Kuqi is excited to now have a greenhouse to work in during the winter season, as he intends to cultivate onions and spinach during this time period. Mr. Kuqi is confident that during the winter time, he will be able to sell his output at substantial profit, as demand is high and not many farmers can supply high quality output during the winter season, driving up market prices.

Under project’s framework, Ylber and Dashurije Kuqi’s family has also been supported with five expert training modules to facilitate their transition from outdoor to indoor vegetable cultivation.

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Hamdi Rexhaj

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Hamdi Rexhaj

In the village of Korishë/Koriša, in the municipality of Prizren, Hamdi Rexhaj and his family of nine, cultivate wheat, corn, tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers and look after their livestock. To increase his production capacities, Mr. Rexhaj rented additional farmlands where he cultivates vegetables.

To enable Mr. Rexhaj’s family to continue producing during the cold months of the year as well, UNDP’s Aid for Trade project supported them with a 200m2 greenhouse, vegetable seedlings, irrigation system and other farming inputs. The new greenhouse has enabled the Rexhaj family to increase their output rate and to continue producing vegetables during the cold months of the year. Mr. Hamdi is very pleased with the greenhouse system provided by the AfT project, and thus far, he is very satisfied with the production quality and quantity.

Mr. Rexhaj has also been supported with expert training modules for greenhouse cultivation and with exchange visits to successful farmers in Podujevë/Podujevo and Lipjan/Ljipljan, where he was able to share information and learn and discuss new farming methodologies.

Training on developing action plans successfully organized

Training on developing action plans successfully organized

After successfully organizing a five-day training on Industrial Policy and Economic Analysis on May, 2015), in close cooperation with the Department of Industry of the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI), the Aid for Trade project organized an additional three-day training on Developing Strategic Action Plans. This training session which was concluded on October 1st, 2015, was attended by representatives of the working group of Strategy for Industrial Upgrading and Competitiveness, part of the National Development Strategy initiated by the Prime Minister’s office, namely by MTI’s Department of Industry and Department of Trade, Kosovo Investment and Enterprise Support Agency (KIESA), Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development (MAFRD), Ministry of Economic Development (MED), Kosovo Chamber of Commerce and by the American Chamber of Commerce.

This training session will be followed with preparation of a guideline (manual) describing the process for developing strategy action plans.

 

Visiting Aid for Trade project’s raspberry and oregano beneficiary farmers

Visiting Aid for Trade project’s raspberry and oregano beneficiary farmers

Aid for Trade project along with agricultural experts from Initiative for Agricultural Development of Kosovo (IADK) visited additional direct-beneficiaries in three municipalities of Kosovo’s Economic Region South.

Mrs. Mirvete Lezi’s family from Suharekë/Suva Reka, has 6 family members, 2 of which are female, and they own farm lands where they cultivate tomatoes, lettuce, plums and apples. Her family works their farm together, and has over 30 years of combined farming experience.

Project supported the Lezi family with raspberry seedlings, irrigation system, and other farming inputs for a surface area of 1000m2. The raspberries are growing well and next year will be the first output season for the Lezi family, and they expect to generate sufficient revenues to cover their family’s expenses as collection center are contracting raspberry farmers’ entire output between 1.8 -2.20EUR/kg.

In the municipality of Malishevë/Mališevo, project supported Mrs. Jetesa Bytyqi and her family of 7 with oregano seedlings, irrigation system, with a 50m2 black-foil greenhouse for drying and other farming inputs for an oregano farm with an area of 2000m2. Mrs. Bytyqi’s family also produces Sage (Salvia Officinalis), have a sizeable drying greenhouse and they are contracted for the sale of their output at 1EUR/kg. Next year, the Bytyqi family’s new oregano farm is expected to increase their family’s revenues by more than 15%.

In the outskirts of Dragash/š, Qani Misini and his family of 4 were also supported by project with raspberry seedlings, irrigation system, and other farming inputs for a 2000m2 cultivation area. Mr. Misini is also building a water-well to secure sufficient water for his raspberry crop.

Empowering Kosovar farmers - Fitnete Fazliu

Empowering Kosovar farmers - Fitnete Fazliu

Fitnete Fazliu’s family owns a sizeable farmland in the municipality of Rahovec/Orahovac, where they cultivate sweet potatoes, garlic, onions, peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers. Despite his family’s success at cultivating these cultures, Mr. Fazliu claims that they have encountered difficulties selling tomatoes and peppers at desired prices in the local markets due to strong competition. Nevertheless, Mr. Fazliu has been able to sign a contract with a local collection center – “Agrocelina” which will purchase a considerable portion of Mr. Fazliu’s farming output at a pre-agreed price. UNDP’s Aid for Trade project supported the Fazliu family with strawberry seedlings, irrigation system, and other farming inputs for a farming area of 1000m2, as well as with expert training modules to support the Fazliu family to improve their consistency and cultivation quality. This is the first time that the Fazliu family has received farming support from any organization operating in Kosovo.

Mr. and Mrs. Fazliu are excited about their new strawberry farm and they are expecting a 10-15% spike in their family’s annual revenue stream upon the first harvest season next spring. Like several other Kosovar strawberry farmers, Mr. Fazliu also intends to purchase equipment that will protect the strawberry farm during the cold months of the year, and enable him to market strawberries earlier in the year at much higher market prices than during peak season.

Empowering Kosovar farmers - Mirvete Haxhimustafa

Empowering Kosovar farmers - Mirvete Haxhimustafa

The Haxhimustafa family in the municipality of Rahovec/Orahovac has over 20 years of combined farming experience. They have a 1000m2 strawberry farm where they work together, which is also the family’s main source of income for covering family expenses throughout the year. This strawberry farm has been productive but insufficient for the Haxhimustafa family to meet their annual financial obligations. This year, UNDP’s Aid for Trade project, supported the Haxhimustafa family with certified strawberry seedlings, irrigation system, and other farming inputs for an additional 2000m2 strawberry farm. In addition, the project also supported Mrs. Haxhimustafa with five expert-led training modules, covering the phases of preparation, cultivation, and post-harvesting maintenance activities.

Given the family’s previous experience in strawberry farming and confidence gained by lessons learned during the training sessions, the Haxhimustafa family is very optimistic about next year’s harvest, anticipating a 50% increase in family’s annual revenue stream.

In addition, Mr. Mustafa is also in the process of purchasing a protective shield for the winter season along with other equipment that will help preserve farm’s health and enable him to market strawberries earlier in the year, as sales prices in early spring are much higher than the market prices during the peak season. Mr. Mustafa is confident that the new strawberry farm provided by project, along with the purchase of this new equipment, will enable his family to produce an additional 4-7tons of fresh strawberries per year and sell them at a price range between 0.70 – 1.00EUR/kg.

Empowering Kosovar farmers - Lutfije Vuqitërrna

Empowering Kosovar farmers - Lutfije Vuqitërrna

With over 30 years of combined farming experience, Lutfije Vuqitërrna and her family members look after their farmlands in the municipality of Rahovec/Orahovac. The Vuqitërrna family cultivates tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, cucumbers and potatoes and is currently preparing their crops for the fall and winter seasons. Although they sell their ouput to local markets, Lutfije’s family stated that strong competition in the markets is driving produce prices down.

To support and enhance domestic production and farmers’ productivity and profitability, UNDP’s Aid for Trade project supported the Vuqitërrna family with certified strawberry seedlings, irrigation system, and other farming inputs for an additional strawberry farm with an area of 1000m2. In cooperation with implementing partner Initiative for Agricultural Development of Kosovo (IADK), project also supported the Vuqitërrna family with five expert training modules. Through these training modules, experts trained project’s direct beneficiaries on the best contemporary cultivation techniques as well as on post-harvest activities and plant maintenance.

Along with her family members, Mrs. Vuqitërrna has been very pleased with the way her new strawberry farm has flowered during the first year, and is now trimming and preparing her strawberry farms for the cold seasons of the year. Next year, for the first full-season harvest, Mrs. Vuqitërrna is expecting to harvest close to 4 metric tons of fresh strawberries, which is expected to increase her family’s annual revenues by more than 30%.

Visiting Aid for Trade project’s beneficiaries

Visiting Aid for Trade project’s beneficiaries

In its efforts to support domestic production, Ai for Trade project assisted soft-fruit and vegetable cultivation in various municipalities of Kosovo. Farmers were supported with the necessary farming inputs and expert training modules enabling greater productivity, generation of higher revenues and employment.

Dragan Dišević’s family from the municipality of Leposaviq/ć was supported with strawberry seedlings, irrigation system and other farming inputs for a strawberry farm with a surface area of 1000m2. During the flowering season, Dragan tended to his strawberry field by himself and he is very pleased with the way his strawberries have developed. He is looking forward to next season’s harvest and he is certain he will engage at least 1 seasonal employee.

In the municipality of Suharekë/Suva Reka, Mrs. Amide Morina’s family was also supported with seedlings, irrigation system, and other farming inputs for a 1000m2 strawberry farm. Mrs. Morina works her farm with her husband, and they are presently preparing their farm for the cold months of the year, trimming and shielding their strawberry plants. Mrs. Morina expects her family’s annual income to increase by 20% from their new farm’s strawberry output.

In addition, Bekim Paçarizi’s family in the municipality of Suharekë/Suva Reka was supported with a 200m2 greenhouse, vegetable seedlings, irrigation system and other farming inputs. Now the Paçarizi family can keep producing fresh vegetables throughout the fall and winter season, as the new greenhouse is proficient in maintaining temperature and other factors that contribute to healthy and consistent vegetable production.

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Sofije Paçarizi

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Sofije Paçarizi

In the municipality of Malishevë/Mališevo, Sofije Paçarizi and her husband make great use of their family’s land by cultivating apples, pears, cabbage, tomatoes and lettuce. The Paçarizi family also has a poultry farm.

To further support the Paçarizi family’s farming activities, UNDP’s Aid for Trade project supported the Paçarizi family with a 200m2 greenhouse, irrigation system, and other farming inputs. Mr. Paçarizi claims that project’s support has been very beneficial to his family, enabling them to cultivate tomatoes and peppers with great results and consistency. Moreover, the greenhouse provided by project has also enabled the Paçarizi family to continue their indoor cultivation activities regardless of the weather outside.

For the winter season, Mr. Paçarizi intends to continue producing at least two more batches of vegetables in his greenhouse, and he is certain that he will be able to generate even more revenue during the winter season due to higher prices caused by high demand for tomatoes and peppers during the cold months of the year.

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Zejnije Bytyqi

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Zejnije Bytyqi

In the Kërvasar village in Malishevë/Mališevo, Zejnije Bytyqi lives in a household with 13 other family members. Together they tend to their farmlands, where they cultivate lettuce, tomatoes, apples, quinces, pears and onions. This year, UNDP's Aid for Trade project, supported the Bytyqi family with a 200m2 greenhouse, cucumber, tomato and pepper seedlings, drip-by-drip irrigation system and other farming inputs.

Mrs. Bytyqi has achieved great results cultivating tomatoes and peppers in her new greenhouse; income from output sold has equated to approximately 300EUR/month of additional income for the Bytyqi family, increasing their annual revenue stream by more than 10%.

Along with her capable and hardworking family members, Mrs. Bytyqi plans on continuing to use her greenhouse through the winter season as well, cultivating onions and spinach.

UNDP’s Aid for Trade project is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Rabije Begaj

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Rabije Begaj

In the municipality of Malishevë/Mališevo, Ms. Rabije Begaj and her husband look after their new vegetable greenhouse. Mr. and Mrs. Begaj have over 50 years of combined farming experience; they cultivate tomatoes, peppers, plums, pears and also have a poultry farm.

This year, UNDP's Aid for Trade project, supported the Begaj family with a 200m2 greenhouse, tomato and pepper seedlings, drip-by-drip irrigation system, and other farming inputs. The Begaj family has had great results cultivating tomatoes and peppers; in addition, they have had no difficulties selling their output to local markets at above-average prices.

Unlike previous years, where the work in the farmlands stopped once the winter time set in, the Begaj family now has an opportunity to continue cultivating vegetables throughout the winter season, as the greenhouse and farming inputs provided by project, create favorable climatic conditions for indoor growth.

For this winter season, the Begaj family plans on using their greenhouse to cultivate onions and spinach, which they will sell to local markets at substantial profit margin, as demand for spinach and onions during this season always exceeds local supply capacities.

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Arta Paçarizi, Malishevë/ Mališevo

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Arta Paçarizi, Malishevë/ Mališevo

Arta Paçarizi is a young woman from the municipality of Malishevë/Mališevo, with a degree in Ecology from the University of Hasan Prishtina in Kosovo. Along with her mother and father, they make great use of their family’s farmlands, where they cultivate blueberries, goji berries, wild strawberries, peppers, apples, grapes, plums, asparagus, hazelnuts and even roses.

This year, UNDP’s Aid for Trade project, supported Arta’s family with a greenhouse, cucumber, tomato, and pepper seedlings, irrigation system, and other farming inputs for a greenhouse surface area of 200m2. The Paçarizi family is pleased with their greenhouse production, and they are selling their output in the local markets with great ease. During the winter season, Arta’s father intends to use the greenhouse for onion and spinach cultivation, to supply demanding local markets during winter. Ms. Paçarizi intends to use the revenues from her family’s new greenhouse to cover their family’s annual expenses.

Aid for Trade project is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Zijadin Paçarizi, Malishevë/ Mališevo

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Zijadin Paçarizi, Malishevë/ Mališevo

Zijadin Paçarizi lives in a household with 17 family members. His family owns 5 hectares of land in the beautiful mountainous terrain of Malishevë/Mališevo. With over 40 years of farming experience, Mr. Paçarizi along with his sons and other family members cultivate plums, peppers, tomatoes, apples, and they also have cattle and poultry farms. This year, UNDP's Aid for Trade project supported the Paçarizi family with certified tomato, pepper and cucumber seedlings, irrigation system, and other farming inputs for a 200m2 greenhouse.

This is the first year that Zijadin has cultivated tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers inside a greenhouse, and he is very pleased with the output and has had no difficulties selling his vegetables to local markets at relatively-competitive prices. Mr. Paçarizi claims that his new greenhouse has enabled him to generate an additional 300-400EUR/month for his family, thus increasing their family’s annual revenue stream by nearly 10%.

For the winter season, Mr. Paçarizi plans on cultivating spinach in his greenhouse, and he is confident that he will receive a premium price for supplying high quality spinach to local markets.

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Zenel Rrahmanaj, Malishevë/ Mališevo

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Zenel Rrahmanaj, Malishevë/ Mališevo

Mr. Zenel Rrahmanaj’s family cultivates peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce and watermelons. Zenel lives with 13 other family members, and they work their farmlands together. UNDP’s Aid for Trade project supported the Rrahmanaj family with a modern 200m2 greenhouse, cucumber, tomato, and pepper seedlings, drip-by-drip irrigation system and other farming inputs. Through implementing partner Initiative for Agricultural Development of Kosovo (IADK), the Aid for Trade project enabled Mr.Rrahmanaj to receive direct professional aid for the very first time from any organization operating in Kosovo.

Zenel’s farming experience has contributed visibly to the health of his new greenhouse, as he has been able to successfully cultivate peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers. Zenel sells his greenhouse’s output to local markets at an average price of 0.40EUR/kg. Mr. Rrahmanaj claims that the greenhouse has enabled him to generate an additional 300 EUR/month of income for his family. For the winter season, Mr. Rrahmanaj intends to cultivate spinach, lettuce and onions, as demand and sales price for these vegetables during the winter season is high. Zenel is confident that if he succeeds in cultivating at least two batches of fresh vegetables during the winter season, he will have sufficient capital to double the surface area of his greenhouse by next spring.

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Zymrije Krasniqi, Malishevë/ Mališevo

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Zymrije Krasniqi, Malishevë/ Mališevo

In the municipality of Malishevë/ Mališevo,Ms. Zymrije Krasniqi and her husband look after their plantation fields. For the past 8 years the Krasniqi family has cultivated peppers, apples and tomatoes. Recent harvests have not been as profitable for the Krasniqi family as the market prices for tomatoes and apples have fallen sharply, reducing the family’s annual revenues.

This year, UNDP's Aid for Trade project in cooperation with implementing partner Initiative for Agricultural Development of Kosovo (IADK), supported the Krasniqi family with Oregano seedlings, drip-by-drip irrigation system and other farming inputs for an area of 2000m2. In addition, the project also supported the Krasniqi family with five training modules led by experts in the field of Medical Herbs and Aromatic Plants.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Krasniqi are confident that their new oregano farm will increase their family’s annual revenues by 15%-20%, and will enable them to hire up to two seasonal employees during the harvesting season. Upon the first full-year’s harvest, Mr. and Ms. Krasniqi intend to use a portion of their income to expand their oregano farm, which will further increase their family’s annual revenue stream and create even more opportunities for seasonal employees.

 

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Admir Asani, Dragash/š

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Admir Asani, Dragash/š

In the municipality of Dragash/š, Admir Asani looks after his family’s farmland. During the past years, Admir has mainly cultivated wheat, tomatoes and apples, with support from his wife, mother and father. This year, UNDP’s Aid for Trade project in cooperation with implementing partner Initiative for Agricultural Development of Kosovo (IADK) has supported the Asani family with three types of raspberry seedlings (Polska, Meeker and Willamette), irrigation system and other farming inputs for an area of 1000m2.

Although this is Admir’s first year in raspberry farming, his raspberries are growing up quickly and are in great health, exceeding even the local raspberry expert’s expectations. Mr. Asani is excited for the first full-year’s harvesting period and is anticipating a 10-15% increase in his family’s annual revenue from his new raspberry farm. Admir is confident that upon next year’s harvest, he will be able to expand his raspberry farm for another 3000m2, using capital accrued from raspberry sales to finance this expansion.

Admir is also an employee at the HIT FLORES collection center, which is located just a walking distance from his home. Along with other HIT FLORES employees, Admir helps collect, purchase and categorize thousands of tons of fresh fruit from local individual farmers, on annual basis. In this aspect, Mr. Asani is confident that he will easily sell his raspberry farm’s entire output to HIT FLORES at a competitive price, while from next year onward, he will be able to generate substantially more annual revenue for his family. UNDP’s Aid for Trade project is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Marko Radivojevič, Leposaviq/ć

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Marko Radivojevič, Leposaviq/ć

In the municipality of Leposaviq/ć, Marko Radivojevič owns a sizeable farmland located by the river bank, with sunshine and wind gusts creating a favorable climate for the cultivation of various fruits and vegetables. Until this year, Marko has used this land to cultivate peppers and tomatoes, and to support his cattle and chickens farm.

Mr. Radivojevič usually tends to his farmlands and livestock with the support of his family members, who help in cultivation as well as with sales. This year, UNDP’s Aid for Trade project supported by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, has supported the Radivojevič family to improve the utilization of their farmlands by providing them with strawberry seedlings, irrigation system and other farming inputs for an area of 2000m2.

Although this is the first year in strawberry cultivation for Marko, he is very excited for this opportunity, and he has already struck a deal with a collection center in Leposaviq/ć that will purchase his strawberry output next year. Aid for Trade project also enabled Marko to participate in expert training sessions for strawberry cultivation, held by project’s implementing partner Initiative for Agricultural Development of Kosovo (IADK). Mr. Radivojevič claims that the training sessions were very important and he was able to learn very useful strategies and methodologies to help ensure his strawberry farm’s health. Marko is optimistic about his family’s future in strawberry farming; he is looking forward to the first-year’s harvest, so that he can evaluate his possibilities for further expanding his strawberry farm.

Empowering Kosovar farmers - Milovan Stanić, Leposaviq/ć

Empowering Kosovar farmers - Milovan Stanić, Leposaviq/ć

In the municipality of Leposaviq/ć, Milovan Stanić looks after his family’s farmlands where for the past 20 years he has cultivated corn, apples and other cultures. Milovan has always been interested in expanding his family’s usage of their farmlands but has been unable to do so due to lack of capital needed to utilize a bigger portion of their land. Given Milovan’s readiness to expand his productive farmland, UNDP’s Aid for Trade project supported the Stanić family with strawberry seedlings, irrigation system and other farming inputs for an area of 1000m2. This is the first year for strawberry cultivation for the Stanić family. The project also enabled Mr. Stanić to participate in a study visit to the Agricultural Fair in Novi Sad, where he was able to learn more about contemporary best practices for various cultures and expand his business network.

Milovan’s experience in farming is serving him well with regards to ensuring healthy growth of his new strawberry farm; for the first full-year’s harvest, Mr. Stanić is expecting to harvest 3-4tons of fresh strawberries. He plans to sell his output at 0.50EUR/kg in bulk quantities, while along with his family members, Milovan will also engage in retail sales with a portion of their output, to get a better profit margin. Compared to last year, Mr. Stanić is confident that his new strawberry farm will improve his family’s annual revenue stream by more than 20%. In addition, Milovan claims that if he can sell his product without difficulties, he will use a portion of next year’s earnings to expand his strawberry farm, creating steady job opportunities for family members and seasonal employees.

Reap what you sow

Reap what you sow

On 1 September 2015, Aid for Trade and partner colleagues from IADK revisited the farm of Selami Haxhimustafa in Rahovec/Orahovac. Selami and his son are very satisfied with the results achieved. Tomatoes, grapes, lettuce, onions and carrots yielded very satisfactory production and consumers love them. According to Selami, one of the most important factors in agriculture is adhering to the planting and harvesting dates.

The greenhouse supported by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland through Aid for Trade project has been used to cultivate three cultures: lettuce, tomatoes and spinach. The latter will be planted by mid-September as farm is currently being used for tomatoes. Next year, Selami will cultivate only two cultures in the greenhouse so that the soil is not overexploited.

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Darko Milić, Zubin Potok

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Darko Milić, Zubin Potok

In the municipality of Zubin Potok, Darko Milić and his family work on their big and highly productive farm, where they cultivate corn, plums, hazelnuts, pumpkins, lettuce, peppers, beans, strawberries and raspberries; the Milic family also owns livestock.

Given the Milić family’s experience, ability and willingness to expand their raspberry farm, UNDP’s Aid for Trade project, funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, in cooperation with implementing partner Initiative for Agricultural Development of Kosovo (IADK), supported the Milić family with three types of raspberry seedlings (Polka, Meeker and Willamette), irrigation system and other farming inputs for an area of 1000m2. Having cultivated raspberries for several consecutive seasons, the Milić family has had no issues ensuring healthy and robust growth of their new raspberries. Mr. Milić claims that he has an agreement with the collection center ZZ Zubin Potok that purchases his entire raspberry output at 1.80EUR/kg. Mr. Milić has been pleased with the sales price for his raspberries, and he believes that his new raspberry farm has the potential to double his family’s total annual raspberry output.

Mr. Milić claims he is observing the market prices for a variety of the plants and fruits he cultivates, and if the raspberry prices keep rising, Darko will be using a progressively larger portion of his family’s farmlands for raspberry cultivation to maximize his family’s profitability. In the coming years, Mr. Milić projects that his family will need at least one full time employee and 3-5 seasonal employees.

Empowering Kosovar businesses - RIZONA-FOOD, Dejnë/a, Rahovec/Orahovac

Empowering Kosovar businesses - RIZONA-FOOD, Dejnë/a, Rahovec/Orahovac

In continuation to visits to the Aid for Trade project beneficiaries, on September 1st, 2015, project visited the RIZONA Company, founded in 2010 by the now 33 year-old, Bashkim Bytyqi. RIZONA employs 21, with 6 full-time and 15 seasonal employees. It is managed by Shqipdona – a young woman who started working at RIZONA last month, after completing an internship with the municipality of Rahovec/Orahovac. Bashkim is very pleased with Shqipdona’s work and dedication, and he claims that now “he can travel outside Kosovo without problems because Shqipdona will take care of everything”.

Bashkim Bytyqi is a business person with great vision, ambition and up to date with relevant developments. He finished his studies in Journalism, which has greatly helped him to develop his research and communication skills. He is always eager to learn new things, which is reflected in the fact that Mr. Bytyqi attended all training sessions organized by the Aid for Trade project. His perfect-attendance rate speaks strongly of the training’s importance to Bashkim’s business, and the lessons learned are serving him well in his daily activities. E.g. export-related training sessions have considerably improved and supported RIZONA’s decision-making process for selecting most viable and cost-effective transportation techniques for his company’s export-oriented activities. Moreover, knowledge obtained from the training sessions over Business Plan Writing have enabled him to prepare a well-versed Business Plan with which he won the first place in a Business Plan writing competition; through this award, Bashkim secured his participation in Netherland’s “Business Week” event, where he expects to create new business relationships for future cooperation.

RIZONA has a collection and processing center and is open for cooperation with all farmers. For the collection of products, RIZONA has rented a very favorable location, while the processing department has been built in the yard of Bashkim’s house. The company works with peppers for the most part, and also with green tomatoes, cucumbers and cabbage. Aside from exporting these whole products, RIZONA also makes 9 pickled products.

In the collection center, farmers deliver their output, which is then weighed in a digital scale. Then, RIZONA executes payment immediately and the price can climb up to 0.40 EUR for a kilogram of peppers. Bashkim claims that regardless of market price, the company has never paid less than 0.28EUR/kg for its raw materials, as paying anything less, would be less than the supplying farmers’ price of production. RIZONA’s profit margin in raw/whole sales is circa 30%, while in processed/pickled products is circa 40%.

RIZONA exports whole and pickled produce mainly to Sweden, Germany and Austria. Due to a lack of appropriate machinery, the classification process is still done manually; consequently, the exported products are considered 2nd class. The firm plans to expand to England as well, and is presently negotiating with a German company for exporting cheese-stuffed peppers pickled in vegetable oil. This new product’s test-phase has received excellent feedback and Bashkim expects to receive a positive answer from his counterparts for this new cooperation opportunity.

The exported materials are packaged under the purchasing company’s label, listing the product’s country of origin, and are then sent for storage in a storage facility in Germany owned and operated by Bashkim’s brother. This manner of cooperation has substantially helped Bashkim with regards to retail sales as well.

Up to this point for 2015, the company has sold nearly 100ton of fresh produce and 50ton of pickled products; Bashkim projects this year’s annual revenue stream will reach 300,000EUR. In comparison to last year, Bashkim claims that this year’s quality of peppers is lower than last year’s due to high temperatures that have caused early maturity of the peppers.

As the head of RIZONA, Bashkim’s research abilities and ambition have been the main factors why his successful company has been supported from various donors. In addition to the Aid for Trade project, funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, RIZONA has also benefited from UNDP’s ALMP project, where three of Bashkim’s employees were selected for support by ALMP’s employment scheme. Although content with RIZONA’s progress thus far, Bashkim needs support from respective local and central institutions as well, so that he can expand RIZONA even further.

This young businessman aims to strengthen and expand his firm’s cooperation with farmers, so that he can increase production for which he has guaranteed product placement outside Kosovo. He is convinced that agriculture has the most potential for economic development and for employing Kosovo’s youth.

Empowering Kosovar businesses - HIT FLORES, Dragash/š


In the municipality of Dragash/š, Nuredin Bajrami, the founder of HIT FLORES collection center, tends to his daily business where wildly-grown and farmed-fruits from individual farmers in the region are collected. On annual basis HIT FLORES gathers thousands of tons of fruits, employing tens of regular employees and 30-100 seasonal employees. UNDP’s Aid for Trade project, funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, enabled Mr. Bajrami to attend two-export based training sessions, trainings on berry cultivation, harvesting and maintenance with international berry expert, and also in the raspberry value-chain roundtable organized by project’s implementing partner – Initiative for Agricultural Development of Kosovo (IADK).

The training events supported by project have further improved Mr. Bajrami’s understanding of superior cultivation and maintenance methodologies which he will transfer to the farmers, whose output HIT FLORES purchases. Moreover, the training events have also improved

Mr. Bajrami’s approach to exporting as HIT FLORES already has steady exporting relationships with countries such as Italy, Switzerland, Germany and France. Mr. Bajrami is very satisfied with the amount of fruit collected this year which resulted in a 20% increase in sales. HIT FLORES is anticipating an additional 15% increase in next year’s revenues.

HIT FLORES is a large collection center with a wide network of farmers from whom they purchase output. This gives the company stability in projecting fruit collection and planning their yearly activities. Moreover, given HIT FLORES’ collection potential, Mr. Bajrami recognizes a strong opportunity for the company to engage in fruit processing in the near future and he is presently engaged in starting a processing plant.

This new production line will enable the company to produce various types of jams and fruit-spreads by processing fresh fruits. Mr. Bajrami is confident that his new processing plant will produce highly-nutritious, organic and qualitative value-added products to be marketed to local and international hotel chains.

The new venture will also increase his company’s export rate, bring about more revenues, and enable him to hire additional full-time employees for the processing plant.

Empowering Kosovar farmers - Milojko Milosavljević, Leposaviq/ć

Empowering Kosovar farmers - Milojko Milosavljević, Leposaviq/ć

In the outskirts of Leposaviq/ć, Milojko Milosavljević looks after his new raspberry farm in a great location by the river bank. This is Milosavljević family’s first year in raspberry cultivation; in previous years, they used to cultivate wheat, corn and beans, but due to insufficient income from cultivating these cultures, they have transitioned to raspberry cultivation.

UNDP’s Aid for Trade project, in cooperation with implementing partner Initiative for Agricultural Development of Kosovo (IADK), has facilitated Milosavljević family’s shift into raspberry production by supporting them with three types of raspberry seedlings (Willamette, Polka and Meeker), irrigation system and other farming inputs for an area of 2000m2. This was the first time that the Milosavljević family has received support from any organization operating in Kosovo.

Milojko is very pleased with the way the raspberries are growing and he is optimistic about the next year’s harvesting season as he expects to harvest 1.5 – 2.5 tons of raspberries for the first full-year’s harvest. Milojko has also made an agreement with a collection center in the area, which will purchase his raspberry output at 1.70EUR/kg next season. The project also supported Mr. Milosavljević with training for agricultural grant applications.

Next year, Milojko plans to expand his raspberry farm for another 2000m2 and hire one or two seasonal employees to help him during peak season. Mr. Milosavljević claims that in comparison to cultures cultivated in previous years, his raspberry farm will at least double his family’s income as he will not have to travel to sell his product and he will be getting a considerably-better price for his raspberries than he did for his wheat and corn, and the collection center will come purchase all his output at farm’s location.

Aid for Trade project is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

Empowering Kosovar farmers - Aza Śaipi, Dragash/š

Empowering Kosovar farmers - Aza Śaipi, Dragash/š

In the municipality of Dragash/š, Emil and Aza Śaipi’s family look after their farm lands. Emil learned much of his farming experience while working with his father for over 30 years, cultivating beans, tomatoes, cucumbers and other vegetables.

This year, UNDP’s Aid for Trade project, in cooperation with implementing partner Initiative for Agricultural Development of Kosovo (IADK), supported the Śaipi family with three types of raspberry seedlings (Willamette, Polka and Meeker), irrigation system and farming inputs for 2000m2. This is Śaipi family’s first year in raspberry cultivation, but Emil’s vast farming experience is quickly translating into healthy growth for his new raspberry farm, justifying their family’s excitement for next year’s harvest season.

Mr. Śaipi has struck a deal with a nearby collection center, which will purchase Śaipi’s entire output at a fixed 2.20EUR/kg - a purchase price that collection centers reserve for highest-quality raspberries in this region. Emil is projecting a 15% increase in his family’s annual revenue stream, upon first full-harvest of the raspberries.

Upon selling his first full-season’s raspberry output, Mr. Śaipi is confident that he will have sufficient capital to expand his family’s raspberry farm for another 2000m2, as their family owns additional land that they still do not use for farming. At that point, Emil plans on hiring 2-4 seasonal employees to ensure quality, timeliness and consistency in his farm’s output. In the near future, Emil plans to progressively shift his farmland usage towards raspberry production, as he has optimal climate and soil conditions, and this practice will generate considerably more revenue for his family.

UNDP’s Aid for Trade project is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

Empowering Kosovar farmers - Avni and Liridona Jakupi, Zubin Potok

Empowering Kosovar farmers - Avni and Liridona Jakupi, Zubin Potok

In the municipality of Zubin Potok, Avni Jakupi and his young and supportive daughter tend to their family’s elegant strawberry farm. UNDP’s Aid for Trade project, in cooperation with implementing partner Initiative for Agricultural Development of Kosovo (IADK), supported the Jakupi family with strawberry seedlings and farming inputs for 1000m2.

Although Mr. Jakupi has always sought farming support from local institutions and NGOs, this was the first time that this family has received support from organizations operating in Kosovo. In previous years, the Jakupi family used to cultivate tomatoes, peppers and beans; thanks to project’s support, this year they have also engaged in strawberry cultivation, which they believe will increase their family’s annual revenues by more than 20%.

Mr. Jakupi is very content with the way his strawberry farm is developing and he is expecting to harvest 4-5tons of fresh strawberries next season, which he intends to sell for no less than 0.80EUR/kg. Upon next year’s harvesting season, Mr. Jakupi plans to expand his strawberry farm in their additional 1.5 hectares of farming land which they have not been able to use for farming activities thus far. Avni claims that upon selling his farm’s output next season, he will have sufficient capital to at least double the size of his current farming area, thus creating work opportunities for more family members, seasonal employees, and improving his family’s annual revenue stream.

The Aid for Trade project is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

DokuFest volunteers welcome tourists at the Info Corner in Prizren

DokuFest volunteers welcome tourists at the Info Corner in Prizren

To support the local and regional economic development efforts in the Economic Region South (ERS), UNDP’s Aid for Trade (AFT) project, in partnership with local NGO “Emancipimi Civil Ma Ndryshe” (EC Ma Ndryshe) implemented a project on supporting the tourism sector in this region. As a result of this project, a Tourism Info-Corner has been established in Prizren’s city-centre. This initiative enriches the region’s cultural and historical tourism offer, through strengthening capacities for receiving and tending to an increasing number of tourists. Moreover, it supports sector growth and employment generation through connecting tourists with relevant services, operators and various SMEs in six municipalities of the ERS. For this year’s DokuFest festival – largest annual film festival in Kosovo, DokuFest volunteers have staffed the info-corner in Prizren, welcoming tourists, providing brochures, guides and orientation leaflets to many historical and cultural sites in the region. DokuFest is an annual International Documentary and Short Film Festival, with improvised screening venues and other attractions in Prizren’s historic city-centre, showing more than 200 hand-picked films from around the world. It gathers thousands of local and international tourists, providing many opportunities for SMEs and tourism operators in this region.

Empowering Kosovar farmers - Viktor Kala, Suharekë/Suva Reka, Fetije Hajrush Suka, Bllacë/Blace, and Leposava Božovič, Zubin Potok


UNDP’s Aid for Trade project, in partnership with the Initiative for Agricultural Development of Kosovo (IADK) has directly supported 16 raspberry farmers in the Economic Region South (ERS) and Northern-most municipalities of Kosovo with 3 varieties of raspberry seedlings and with various training sessions and study visits held by local and regional experts.

In the ERS, Viktor Kala’s family in Suharekë/Suva Reka is one of the beneficiaries supported with three varieties (Meeker, Polska and Willamete) of raspberry seedlings and supplementary farming inputs for a cultivation area of 2000m2. Viktor usually works his farmland with his family members. He is happy with support from Aid for Trade through IADK and he is looking forward to harvesting season as he would like to engage his family members in the family business and enable them to work and live close to family. Mr. Kala has planted all three types of raspberry varieties and is expecting to harvest 3-4 tons of fresh raspberries during the first full-year’s harvest.  

Also in ERS, Fetije Suka’s family was supported with 3 raspberry varieties and supplementary farming inputs for 1000m2. For the Suka family, this is the first time that they have received donor support. 

Fetije works her family’s farmlands usually with her husband, and their young son helps as well. As this is her first year in raspberry cultivation, Fetije is optimistic about the sales potential of her raspberry farm and she is looking forward to harvesting season next year, so that she can use those resources to expand her farm. 

In the municipality of Zubin Potok, Leposava Božovič’s family is one of many farmer families in the Northern-most municipalities of Kosovo that were directly supported by the Aid for Trade project. Ms. Božovič was also supported with raspberry seedlings, irrigation system and other farming inputs for a cultivation area of 2000m2. This enabled Ms. Leposava to switch from cultivating corn to cultivating raspberries, which Ms. Leposava believes is a more profitable opportunity. In addition, Ms. Božovič also benefited from provision of extension services and various training sessions organized under project’s framework. 

Aid for Trade project is supported by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Vidiha Radojevič, Leposaviq/ć


UNDP’s Aid for Trade project directly supported Vidiha Radojevič’s family of in Leposaviq/ć with 3 varieties of strawberry seedlings (Meeker, Polska and Willamete), drip irrigation system and other farming inputs for a cultivation area of 2000m2. This is the third year of strawberry cultivation for Vidiha’s family, and she works her farmland with her husband and son, and three additional members of her extended family. Mr. Radojevič - Vidiha’s husband, stated that UNDP’s Aid for Trade project, through implementing partner Initiative for Agricultural Development of Kosovo (IADK), has enabled their family to receive support for the first time from a Kosovar organization/NGO. 

Prior to strawberry cultivation, the Radojevič family cultivated corn, but switched to strawberries as revenues from corn cultivation were insufficient. Now, the Radojevič family’s plantation is producing strawberries, and Vidiha stated that they are expecting to produce 3-5 tons of strawberries this year and up to 7 tons next year.

With regards to sales, Vidiha believes that if they can successfully sell all their output, her family can expand their strawberry plantation area and increase their production capacity.

UNDP’s Aid for Trade project is supported by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

Empowering Kosovar farmers - Muhamet Kabashi, Rahovec/Orahovac


In the countryside of Rahovec/Orahovac, Muhamet Kabashi and his family members work 5ha of farmland planted mainly with potatoes, lettuce, onions, tomatoes and peppers. Having benefited with a growing incubator from the Aid for Trade project just four months ago, Muhamet has been able to produce and sell nearly 50,000 various types of vegetable seedlings to farmers in his village and nearby areas. 

The incubator has increased Muhamet’s vegetable growing efficiency by 39% resulting in a 65% increase in production capacity. The newer production technology has reduced the production time from an average of 3 weeks to approximately 5 days thus significantly reducing production costs.

Roundtable on the Value Chain of Medical Herbs and Aromatic Plants (MHAP) – Launching leaflet on cultivation of Greek Oregano

Roundtable on the Value Chain of Medical Herbs and Aromatic Plants (MHAP) – Launching leaflet on cultivation of Greek Oregano

On June 3th, 2015 Initiative for Agricultural Development of Kosovo (IADK), under the framework of UNDP’s Aid for Trade project, organized a roundtable on the value chain of medical herbs and aromatic plants (MHAP). The roundtable was attended by representatives of Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development (MAFRD), Swiss Contact, Helvetas, Riinvest, MOEA, Albinspect (Albania), AGRO – USAID, LAB, Peppermint Processing Factory, and by many members of the private sector. The purpose of this event was to inform all actors and stakeholders in this sector and to enhance institutional and private-sector cooperation in Kosovo with regards to MHAP cultivation, production, processing and other related activities.

In this roundtable, IADK launched the leaflet for the Cultivation of Greek Oregano. This leaflet describes the family, chemical composition and potential extracts of the Greek Oregano, and provides essential information on how to plant, cultivate, irrigate, and harvest the Greek Oregano.

Moreover, this leaflet also lists soil and climate requirements for successful cultivation and gives concrete and detailed advice about adequate tilling methodologies for Greek Oregano cultivation. This leaflet was published in all three official languages of Kosovo.

UNDP’s Aid for Trade project is supported by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. 

Empowering Kosovar Farmers - Flurije Behra, Rahovec/Orahovac

Empowering Kosovar Farmers - Flurije Behra, Rahovec/Orahovac

UNDP’s Aid for Trade project assisted the Behra family in Rahovec/Orahovac with 200m2 greenhouse, certified tomato seedlings and all other respective farming inputs. All the tomato seedlings were planted within a day and Ms. Behra sees no difficulty in selling her products immediately upon harvesting due to a well established and stable.

Aside from their new 200m2 greenhouse, Ms. Behra along with her husband and three children, farm an additional 2 hectares of farmland, which they have rented to plant lettuce, peppers and cucumbers. According to Ms. Behra, her family will have no difficulties finding a market for their products, as all their output is sold to various restaurants in Gjakova/Dakovica, immediately upon harvesting.

The Behra family is expecting to harvest at least three batches of fresh tomatoes per year from their greenhouse; they intend to use a portion of their output personally, while majority of their output will be sold to their well-established client base. The greenhouse provided by project, will enable the Behra family to have access to an additional income source, which will help them expand and improve their farming practices.

Aid for Trade project is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Empowering Kosovar Businesses - “Te Naseri”, Naser Gashi, Suharekë/Suva Reka

Empowering Kosovar Businesses - “Te Naseri”, Naser Gashi, Suharekë/Suva Reka

Mr. Gashi owns and manages a private company - "Te Naseri" where he produces various types of pillow/cushions. He participated in several matchmaking events organized by the project. This resulted in establishing an agreement with “FaF&Co” from Ulqin/Ulcinj, Montenegro, to import their mattresses, while "Te Naseri" will produce parts of furniture for the needs of Montenegrin clients.

Mr. Gashi was also a beneficiary of various training sessions organized by UNDP’s Aid for Trade project. This helped him to prepare a professional business plan and apply for a grant with EU, which he received, and is now building a new plant where he will employ an additional 195 employees.
To expand his production, Mr. Gashi also benefited a grant from UNDPs DEED project to purchase a working machine.

Empowering Kosovar Farmers - Shaban Çadraku - Rahovec/Orahovac

Empowering Kosovar Farmers - Shaban Çadraku - Rahovec/Orahovac

UNDP’s Aid for Trade project, supported Shaban Çadraku’s family with a 200m2 greenhouse with certified cucumber seedlings and other professional farming inputs. 

Aid for Trade’s support to the Çadraku family has had a substantial impact on this family’s financial wellbeing. Mr. Çadraku claims that now, he will be able to harvest his cucumber greenhouse 7 times per year, selling his output at0.70EUR/Kg (before peak output season) and circa 0.35EUR/kg during peak output season. 

The greenhouse has enabled Mr. Çadraku to engage his family members, and to start planting and cultivating cucumbers much earlier than regular season, as now he can easily control temperature and other factors affecting growth and output. Shaban stated that as of May, 2015 his new greenhouse has helped his family generate an “additional monthly salary” and has increased his family’s annual production capacities by more than 30%.

Aid for Trade – 6th Project Board Meeting


On July 2nd, 2015, the Aid for Trade project held its 6th Project Board Meeting. We were pleased to have Ms. Anne Meskanen, Chargée d’Affaires at the Embassy of Finland, Mr. Avni Kastrati, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Ms. Alessandra Roccasalvo, UNDPs Deputy Resident Representative and our project partners and beneficiaries present at the meeting. 

As a result of project interventions, the following key results were achieved:

-107 new jobs were created (56% women), improving the lives of 107 families;

-1,063 businesses and 1,019 farmers were directly supported and 6,567 total beneficiaries were reached;

-Analytical work produced served the institutions, private sector, international organizations and other UNDP projects in designing and planning their future activities/interventions;

-Project undertook several interventions to develop necessary institutional and human capacity ensuring that the expertise remains within local institutions; 

-Apart from the provision of direct investments, project organized different activities to eventually increase and enhance businesses’ and farmers’ capacities, position them better in regional markets and beyond thus expand businesses and generate new employment opportunities;

-Substantial support was provided to agriculture and tourism, the sectors with great potential for Kosovo’s future economic development;

-Project established and maintains strong relations with the main beneficiaries and partners by cooperating closely in implementing its activities;

-Complimentarity and synergy between UNDP projects and coordination of activities with other international organizations working in the trade area ensured greater impact; 

-Gender, visibility and environment were tackled in all project activities. 

UNDP, in close cooperation with its partners, is committed to support institutions in their efforts to ensure better economic opportunities and better lives for its Kosovo citizens and we look forward to our fruitful cooperation in the future. 

 

Empowering Kosovar farmers - Adem Rrustemi, Rahovec/Orahovac


In its efforts to support Kosovar farmers, UNDP’s Aid for Trade project assisted the Rrustemi family with certified strawberry seedlings and professional farming inputs for 2000m2. Mr. Adem has ten family members and over ten hectares of farmlands which they presently do not use for farming activities. 

During the first year, Mr. Rrustemi intends to ensure that his 2000m2 strawberry farm grows strong and flowers properly, so that during the next harvesting season, the Rrustemi family will have a strong and healthy strawberry farm capable of producing 3-5 tons of fresh strawberries on annual basis. Like many farmers in this region, Adem Rrustemi is confident that he will have no difficulties finding a market for his farm’s output, with a selling price of no less than 1.00EUR per kg of strawberries. 

Upon successful cultivation of strawberries in his 2000m2 farm, Adem plans to engage several family members and to hire seasonal workers to expand his strawberry farm and plant several hectares of his farmlands with strawberries.

Aid for Trade project is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. 

 

Official inauguration of tourism info point in Prizren


In partnership with local NGO “Emancipmi Civil Ma Ndryshe” (EC Ma Ndryshe), Aid for Trade has supported the local and regional economic development in Economic Region South (ERS) by structuring and enriching the cultural tourism efforts of the region through new and unique products and services. 

Deputy Resident Representative Alessandra Roccasalvo, who was present at the launch, thanked the municipal representatives for their continued excellent cooperation with UNDP. She celebrated the success of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between UNDP and the six municipalities in ERS to ensure a close and continuous cooperation in meeting project objectives, both on the central and local level.

“At the central level, the project has provided technical assistance and supported staff capacity development for the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI). At the local level, together with small and medium enterprises in ERS and Mitrovica region, it supported more than 1,000 businesses in increasing their knowledge on the benefits and requirements when engaging in international trade and 1,000 farmers in increasing their knowledge and production capacities. As such, the project contributed to expanding productivity, employment and entrepreneurship in a gender-responsive manner, and contributed in improving livelihoods.”

In this regard, the project has supported the identification and registration of the historical sites in Economic Region South. This database is to be shared with six municipalities: Prizren, Suharekë/Suva Reka, Rahovec/Orahovac, Malishevë/Mališevo, Dragash/š, and Mamushë/Mamuša. The project has supported the production of five different tourist guides/packages, including charming heritage, experience the nature, taste local, festivals and nightlife and a combined package. Products are published in seven languages, including Albanian, Serbian, Turkish, German, Italian, English and French, and are produced in high quality and user-friendly formats. 

The information point was constructed in compliance with world information-center standards and its interior design is a combination of traditional and modern. 

The ultimate goal of the project is to provide more information to relevant stakeholders, ensure further coordination and cooperation in the target area and promote development of tourism by supplying tourists with up-to-date information, qualitative products and modern infrastructure. UNDP, in partnership with donors and other international organizations, is committed to support national institutions in their efforts to ensure better economic opportunities and better lives for Kosovo citizens.   

Coverage:

EC Ma Ndryshe - http://www.ecmandryshe.org/?page=1,17,322#.VZY_fBuqoTU 

Prizren Press - http://prizrenpress.com/ekonomi/u-hap-info-qendra-turistike-ne-prizren-foto/ 

04 Online - http://04online.info/slide/ne-prizren-hapet-info-qendra-e-pare-turistike/ 

UNDP Kosovo - http://www.ks.undp.org/content/kosovo/en/home/presscenter/articles/2015/06/23/info-corner-in-prizren-awaiting-first-tourists/

Empowering Kosovar businesses – Dren Dorambari, Kamila Chocolate


Kamila Chocolate is a Kosovar chocolate factory established in 2008, presently employing around 100 full-time employees. Although it has a strong presence in local markets, Kamila Chocolate exports over 80% of their total production. Dren Dorambari, Kamila’s marketing executive, stated that their quality and customer services have allowed them to export to many countries in the European Union, Serbia, Bosnia and even to North Africa. 

Kamila Chocolate is certified with ISO and HACCP standards, and has great relationships with its foreign customers. Dren believes that Kamila Chocolate has the quality and production capacities to export much more, if it is able to create new business relationships and learns how to adequately overcome exporting obstacles, and improve export-oriented marketing plan and strategy of company.

UNDP’s Aid for Trade project supported by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, enabled Mr. Dorambari to attend two export-based training events, which were supported and organized by project. 

According to Dren, the information he learned during the training sessions have improved his understanding of exporting strategies and taught him new methods that Kamila Chocolate can use to help expand its customer base and export rate. Mr. Dorambari also noted that one of the greatest benefits of participating in the training sessions supported by Aid for Trade project, was to listen to concrete examples of problems that arise from day-to-day exporting activities and to the strategic solutions provided by trainer for these problems.

Empowering Kosovar farmers – Selami Haxhimustafa, Malishevë/Mališevo


Selami Haxhimustafa looks after his tomato greenhouse in the municipality of Malishevë/Mališevo. UNDP’s Aid for Trade project supported by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, in cooperation with Initiative for Agricultural Development of Kosovo (IADK) supported Selim’s family with a 200m2 greenhouse with certified tomato seedlings, professional irrigation system, direct counseling and other farming inputs.

With over 30 years of experience in vegetable and fruit farming, Selim Haxhimustafa also took part in a study-trip to the fair in Novi Sad, Serbia, and in other local study-trips – events which were also supported by project, where he was able to discuss cultivation methodologies and learn more about contemporary cultivation of greenhouse tomatoes. 

As a result of Aid for Trade’s direct support, coaching by IADK’s experts and participation in study trips, Selim’s production capacity has increased by 30% this year. He is expecting to harvest 4-5 tons of fresh tomatoes by June 15th. Afterwards, Selim plans to plant his greenhouse again so he can harvest one more batch of fresh tomatoes from his greenhouse before the end of August.

Study visit to the Czech Republic


Representatives of the Department of Industry, Valbone Dushi, Hysen Sogojeva, Xhemajl Pllana, Lumturije Geci, representative of the office of the Permanent Secretary, Manuella Markaj, and UNDP representatives Teuta Purrini Xhabali and David Svab, paid an official visit to the Czech Republic from May 11th to May 15th, 2015. 

This visit was organized with the support of UNDP, under the framework of the “Aid for Trade” project, supported by the Czech Republic and Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. 

The purpose of this visit was to exchange experiences between Kosovo and Czech Republic institutions operating in tourism sector and to inform the Kosovar delegation on institutional organization, especially with regards to drafting and monitoring policies for tourism development, formulation of strategies and tourism promotion. 

During this visit, several meetings with various actors of tourism sector were organized such as: meeting with representatives of the Tourism Section of the Ministry for Regional Development, representatives of the Tourism Agency, Association of Hotels and Restaurant, Association of Touristic Actors and Operators, representatives of the Tourism Department of the University of Economics, Tourism Organization of Prague and with the Office of Statistics. 

In this occasion, Kosovo delegation  was informed on the best practices with regards to institutional organization, tourism policies, legal infrastructure, marketing and touristic statistics.

Empowering Kosovar Farmers – Isuf Mazreku


In the municipality of Malishevë /Mališevo, Isuf Mazreku and his son work on their new and elegant strawberry field. Until last year, Isuf had mainly cultivated a variety of corn, beans and wheat, but the revenue stream was insufficient for him to support his family. This year, UNDP’s Aid for Trade project supported by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, assisted the Mazreku family with certified strawberry seedlings, professional irrigation systems and other farming tools for 2000m2. Isuf has a family of six, and he now works his strawberry field with his son, and young cousin whom he has hired as a seasonal employee. 

Mr. Mazreku also took part in a training seminar for strawberry cultivation and upkeep, and in a study trip to Novi Sad, Serbia, – events which were also supported by the UNDP’s project. From these initiatives, Isuf was able to learn and exchange information with international experts on strawberry cultivation, growing and maintenance. 

This season, he is expecting to harvest 7-8 tons of fresh strawberries, which according to Isuf, it will double his family’s annual income for this year. He is optimistic that next year he will be able to plant another 2000m2 of his farmland with strawberries. 

Empowering Kosovar Farmers - Nysret and Myrvete Rrahmani, Zubin Potok


In the municipality of Zubin Potok, Rrahmani family is one of Aid for Trade’s (AFT) beneficiaries of raspberry seedlings and cultivation materials for 1000m2. Nysret has a family of ten, five of which are women, and they all work together in their farm lands. Nysret’s family has experience in cultivating peppers and onions and usually sold most of their production in local markets. After attending training sessions on raspberry cultivation organized by AFT partner, Initiative for Agricultural Development of Kosovo (IADK), Nysret and his wife Myrvete saw an opportunity in starting raspberry cultivation, for which Nysret stated, “it is a new and very profitable farming culture in Kosovo”. The Rrahmani family is confident that their new venture in raspberry cultivation will increase their family’s profitability and will enable them to hire seasonal workers during the first harvest, and expand further in the future.

Additional training sessions for cultivation of herbal and medical plants will take place in Kosovo and two field-study trips to Arilje and Vojvodina, Serbia will be carried out through May and June, 2015. We look forward to observing and supporting change and progress as Kosovar farmers become more informed and better trained to make the most of their land and get the most out of their work.

Roundtable discussion for raspberry cultivation organized


On 28th of April, 2015 the Initiative for Agricultural Development of Kosovo (IADK) launched a round-table discussion titled "Conditions and Limitations for the Development of the Raspberry Sector in Kosovo".  

The raspberry roundtable was an opportunity to discuss important economic and environmental conditions that must be fulfilled for further expansion of raspberry cultivation in Kosovo. Various steps and strategies for overcoming these obstacles were proposed, emphasizing well-rounded cooperation.

Moreover, during this roundtable discussion IADK presented the guide on “Cultivation of Raspberry”, as part of UNDP’s Aid for Trade project framework, which is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland. The purpose of this publication is to provide vital information on best practices for the cultivation of raspberries thus promoting competitiveness and increasing qualitative local production of raspberries. . The roundtable  was attended by members and institutions from all levels of the raspberry value chain and international donors, such as the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development (MAFRD) of Kosovo, Agricultural Department of Prishtinë/Priština University, Agricultural Institute of Peja, Fruit Institution of Čačak in Serbia, local collection centers, representatives of USAID, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Helvetas, Promoting Private Sector Employment (PPSE) and other members of the private sector.

The raspberry cultivation guide is another of UNDP’s contribution to Kosovo's agricultural industry, and is intended to increase quality and efficiency of production in the raspberry sector, to improve and expand raspberry farming practices, thus creating competitive exporting opportunities for Kosovar raspberry farmers.

To view the Cultivation of Raspberry guide in English, Albanian, and Serbian languages, please click on the following link: 

http://www.iadk.org/ArkivaeLajmeve/tabid/77/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/710/language/sq-AL/PUBLIKOHET-BROSHURA-PER-KULTIVIMIN-E-MJEDRES.aspx

Coverage:

http://www.iadk.org/ArkivaeLajmeve/tabid/77/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/704/language/sq-AL/U-mbajt-tryeza-e-rrumbullaket-me-temen-Kushtet-dhe-kufizimet-e-zhvillimit-te-sektorit-te-mjedres-ne-Kosove.aspx

Empowering Kosovar Farmers - Bojan Jovanovič, Leposaviq/č


On the beautiful outskirts of Leposaviq/č, Bojan Jovanovič looks after his family’s farm, where he both cultivates and grows cucumber, pepper and tomato seedlings. His main clients are local farmers and customers from neighbouring villages. 

The UNDP’s Aid for Trade project, through Initiative for Agricultural Development of Kosovo (IADK) has supported Bojan with a farming incubator, thus enabling him to produce higher quality seedlings at an increased capacity. When asked how they cultivated seedlings in the past, Bojan said “we had a homemade improvised incubator that was tended to by our family; the new incubator has strongly improved the quality of our seedlings, it has increased our production capacities, and it takes care of many issues such as temperature, humidity, and other things that my father and I struggled to find solutions for.” Next year, the Jovanovič family expects to engage at least two seasonal workers to help them sell their seedlings in the local area.

The Jovanovič family in Leposaviq/č is one of many farmer families in the North region of Kosovo that until now had not been able to benefit from NGOs and international donors in Kosovo. Through the farming expertise and know-how of IADK, the Aid for Trade project was able to reach out to many families in northern Kosovo and provided support to their farming capacities by training them, providing them with useful information, and supplying them with fruit and vegetable seedlings, greenhouses, irrigation systems and other professional farming tools and materials.

Launching of the Report for Potential Export Markets


On 14 April 2015 the Aid for Trade project, under the framework of activities for promoting sustainable and inclusive economic development and supporting private sector, launched the report on “Potential Export Markets”.

The report is a UNDP contribution to Kosovo’s export promotion efforts in the context of the broader strategy to develop the competitiveness of Kosovo’s economy and create conditions to encourage the development of a diversified, high-productivity and high-value-added economic base. The purpose of the report is to assess the potential for increased exports in the sectors of agriculture, food and drinks, construction materials, wood-processing, handicrafts and tourism; and, ii) to identify market access rules, regulations and procedures for Kosovo exports from the above-mentioned sectors in four key markets for Kosovo – European Union (EU), Central Europe Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA) region, the United States (U.S.) and Turkey.

Panelists of this event were representatives of the Ministry of Trade and Industry and UNDP, and it was attended by members of business community, economic chambers, Customs of Kosovo, Food and Veterinary Agency and media representatives. 

Agriculture, particularly soft and wild fruits, organic products, vegetables, wine, processed foods, construction materials, and wood products possess exporting potential for Kosovar businesses. Also, there is a large exporting potential in the sectors of handcrafting and tourism where the Kosovar diaspora plays a strong role.

Coverage:

Koha net:  http://koha.net/?id=27&l=52905

RTKLive: http://www.rtklive.com/?id=3&r=27104

Bota Sot: http://botasot.info/ekonomia/393479/kosoves-i-kerkohet-fokusim-ne-cilesine-e-prodhimeve/

Kallxo. Com: http://live.kallxo.com/sq/MTL/UNDP-Kosova-nuk-po-i-Shfrytezon-Lehtesite-per-Tregti-me-BE-ne-6037

Zëri: http://www.zeri.info/aktuale/28309/u-prezantua-raporti-mbi-tregjet-potenciale-per-eksport/

GazetaExpress: http://www.gazetaexpress.com/lajme/kosoves-i-kerkohet-fokusim-ne-cilesine-e-prodhimeve-93956/

IndeksOnline: http://www.indeksonline.net/?FaqeID=8&LajmID=154180

Illyria Press: http://illyriapress.com/u-prezantua-raporti-mbi-tregjet-potenciale-per-eksport/

Kosovalive360: http://www.kosovalive360.com/produktet-bujqesore-potencial-eksportues-per-bizneset-kosovare.html

Kosova.info: http://www.kosova.info/ekonomi/u-prezantua-raporti-mbi-tregjet-potenciale-per-eksport.html

Time.al: http://time.ikub.al/Lajme/695174f9fb/Bujqesia-e-turizmi-potencial-eksportues-per-bizneset.aspx

Gazeta Lajm: http://www.gazetalajm.com/bujqesia-dhe-perpunimin-ushqimit-sektoret-me-te-rendesishem-per-kosoven.html

Info Globi: https://infoglobi.com/bujqesia-e-turizmi-potencial-per-bizneset/

Kosova press: http://www.kosovapress.com/sq/ekonomi/kosoves-i-kerkohet-fokusim-ne-cilesine-e-prodhimeve-40053/

NewPrishtina: http://newprishtina.com/lid=19663

Epoka e Re: http://www.epokaere.com/index.aspx?SID=13&PMID=3&LID=2&ACatID=2&AID=61653&Ctype=1

Infodirekt: http://infodirekt.tv/index.php/lajme-all-fix/30316-u-prezantua-raporti-mbi-tregjet-potenciale-per-eksport

Ekonomia: http://www.ekonomia-ks.com/?page=1,3,376142

Gjuha Shqipe: http://www.gjuhashqipe.com/lajmetari/lajmetari2.aspx?id=99264

Info Arkiva: http://www.arkivalajmeve.com/Produktet-bujqesore-potencial-eksportues-per-bizneset-kosovare.1047747012/

Kosova online: http://www.kosovaonline.info/?page=1,12

QIK: http://www.kosova.com/artikulli/118936

Info Direkt: http://infodirekt.tv/index.php/lajme-all-fix/30316-u-prezantua-raporti-mbi-tregjet-potenciale-per-eksport

Bota Sot daily newspaper on page 15

KTV invited AfT Project Manager for an interview regarding subject on 15/04/2015 at 7:30AM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEmUbtKvgYI

RTK invited AfT Project Manager for an interview regarding subject on 16/04/2015 at 8:30AM:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ePKugNdpz8

Presentation of 3 business guides


On April 8th, 2015, in Prizren, the Aid for Trade project presented three business guides for Kosovar businesses. In addition to participation from various businesses, this workshop was also attended by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI), Kosovo Investment and Enterprise Support Agency (KIESA), representatives of six municipalities and representatives of other institutional associations. In his opening remarks, Mr. Agon Dula - Director of the Directorate for Private Sector Promotion emphasized the importance of continuous support to local businesses, helping them succeed in exporting their products and services. Mr. Dula praised Aid for Trade’s support to MTI and to the private-sector, and encouraged businesses to use these guides, deeming them highly informative and practical. Due to continuous liberalization of global trade, an increasing number of Kosovar enterprises are joining the international market. Through this initiative, the project objective is to support businesses in evaluating exporting opportunities, to inform regarding international quality-management standards and to help businesses create sound exporting strategies. Materials were prepared in accordance with international standards, and in cooperation with KIESA, these business guides will be disseminated in all one-stop shops offices in Kosovo.

Coverage:

Kosova.info:  http://www.kosova.info/ekonomi/prezantohen-udhezuesit-per-bizneset.html

Portali Indeksonline: http://www.indeksonline.net/?FaqeID=8&LajmID=153108

Prizreni TV: http://prizreni.tv/undp-vijon-me-projektin-ndihme-tregtise-per-bizneset-e-rajonit-te-prizrenit/

Prizren Press: http://prizrenpress.com/ekonomi/prezantohen-udhezuesit-per-bizneset-ne-prizren/ 

Bota Press: http://botapress.info/prezantohen-udhezuesit-per-bizneset/

TV Prizreni reported the event on news at 17:00, 20:00 and 22:00

Aid for Trade Continues to Foster Sustainable Growth


Aid for Trade (AfT) project shared its up-to-date achievements at its fifth Project Board Meeting held on 26 March.  Present at the event were Ms. Anne Meskanen, Chargée d’Affaires at the Embassy of Finland, Ms. Hykmete Bajrami, Minister of Trade and Industry, Ms. Alessandra Roccasalvo, UNDP Kosovo Deputy Resident Representative, partners and other representatives of Kosovo institutions. During the meeting it was emphasized that the project continued to foster sustainable and inclusive economic growth through promoting trade and enhancing Kosovo’s competitiveness, by strengthening capacities to participate in and benefit from international trade. As a result of these efforts 54 new jobs, enhancing the lives of 54 families, were created in 2014. In addition, project supported 850 businesses and 180 farmers through direct interventions and investments to eventually increase and enhance production, position better in regional markets and beyond thus expand businesses and generate new employment opportunities. As we move forward through the first half of 2015, the project continues the close cooperation with the Ministry of Trade and Industry, other institutions at the central and local levels, private sector and other stakeholders. Project supports concrete interventions required to improve Kosovo’s long-term trade and economic performance by strengthening capacities to participate in and benefit from international trade. In addition, through joint activities with other UNDP projects, Aid for Trade contributes to enhancing economic development by increasing employment opportunities for young women and men and to attracting local and foreign investment.

Coverage: http://www.ks.undp.org/content/kosovo/en/home/presscenter/articles/2015/03/27/aid-for-trade-continues-to-foster-sustainable-growth.html 

Launching of the updated tourism website


On 11 February 2015, Department of Tourism and Economic Development of Prizren municipality organized a launching ceremony to present the updated and upgraded tourism website www.prizren360.com.   
Updated website is designed in accordance with the best and up-to-date and presents an important contribution towards development of tourism sector.
Through this website tourists will have an opportunity to get to know better the culture and history of Prizren town and get informed about its potential and touristic offers. Website is compatible with all modern electric equipment and offers important touristic information.
Update of the website is realized in the framework of UNDP’s project “Aid for Trade” financed by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

Coverage:

Zëri: http://zeri.info/aktuale/19575/u-prezentua-uebfaqja-e-perpunuar-e-turizmit/

Kosova Info: http://www.kosova.info/kultura/prizren-u-prezentua-uebfaqja-e-perpunuar-e-turizmit.html

TV Prizreni: http://prizreni.tv/prezantohet-ueb-faqja-e-perpunuar-e-drejtorise-se-turizmit-ne-prizren/

Bota Press: http://botapress.info/u-prezentua-uebfaqja-e-perpunuar-e-turizmit/

Radio Kosova, interview with Mensur Bytyqi, Municipal Director for Tourism and Economic Development, Prizren.

TV Besa, TV Opinion and TV Prizreni reported the event on news at 17:00, 20:00 and 22:00

Distribution of 28 milking machines to women farmers in the municipality of Shtërpce/Štrpce

UNPD

In order to further support the Kosovo’s economic development, support capacity building of the private sector, farmers and other stakeholders, the UNDP “Aid for Trade” project distributed 28 milking machines to women farmers in the municipality of Shtërpcë/Štrpce.

The selection of farmers belonging to communities living in the region was conducted in close cooperation with representatives of the municipality of Shtërpce/Štrpce.

The Deputy Mayor of Shtërpcë/Štrpce, Mr. Beqir Fejzullahu, in his opening remarks acknowledged the contribution of UNDP and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland in supporting farmers and enhancing the development of livestock in the region.  

The UNDP “Aid for Trade” project has previously supported the establishment of milk collection point in the municipality of Shtërpcë.

Coverage:

http://www.eurasia.undp.org/content/rbec/en/home/ourwork/democraticgovernance/successstories/milking-machines-make-easier-work-for-women-farmers

http://kosovalbaner.com/2014/12/u-shperndan-28-makina-mjelese-per-fermeret-e-shterpces/

http://www.kosova.info/ekonomi/28-makina-mjelese-per-fermeret-e-komunes-se-shterpces.html

http://www.fermaime.com/?id=23&l=6964

Workshop on the concept of environmentally friendly technologies and green commodity production


The Aid for Trade project organized the workshop on the concept of environmentally friendly technologies and green commodity production.  The workshop was attended by more than 50 businesses located in the Economic Region South, representatives of the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning and representatives of local institutions operating in the region.

The aim of the workshop was to assist the private sector and support businesses on their commitment toward high quality production. Such initiative would enable import substitution and provide higher export potential. The workshop addressed important pillars such as environmentally friendly technologies, renewable energy, waste management, and recycling with practical examples.

COVERAGE:

http://prizreni.tv/mbahet-punetoria-ne-prizren-se-si-bizneset-te-ruajne-ambientin-ku-veprojne/

http://prizrenpress.com/ekonomi/trajnim-per-ruajtjen-ambientit-te-biznesit-ne-prizren/

http://www.tv-opinion.com/Lajmet.aspx

TV Opinion and TV Prizreni reported the event on news at 17:00, 20:00 and 22:00

Training on International Quality Standards


To inform businesses operating in the Economic Region South about key international quality standards, Aid for Trade project organized a two-day training on management systems ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and HACCP. The training was dedicated for businesses operating in agriculture, food manufacturing, construction materials, wood processing, handicrafts and tourism. This training aimed at suporting businesses in their efforts towards improving their products and services. Applying such standards should enables businesses to expand thier activities, substitute imports, and increase exports by utilizing their resources more efficiently, improving risk management, and increasing customer satisfaction. Part of this initiative is the preparation of the relvant guidelines that will assist businesses with information on these standards and prerequisites for international certification.

Coverage:

http://prizreni.tv/filloi-punimet-trajnimi-dy-ditor-ne-prizren-ndihme-tregtise/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZnAb3u08R4&feature=youtu.be

TV Opinion and TV Prizreni reported the event on news at 17:00, 20:00 and 22:00

Ex-Post Policy Assessment- “Impact of tax regime on four manufacturing sectors” launched


Aid for Trade project in cooperation with Department of Industry of the Ministry of Trade and Industry launched the ex-post policy assessment report on the impact of tax regime on four manufacturing sectors. The purpose of this policy assessment is to analyze the effect of the tax regime on metal, textile, wood and food processing sectors during the last decade. More specifically, by focusing on strategic manufacturing industries, it attempts to first of all determine – based on the available empirical data - whether the tax regime that was in place over the last couple of years has had a negative, neutral or positive effect on the growth of the manufacturing sector. The study attempts to retroactively assess the impact of the applicable tax rates and the administration of the tax system on the investment climate for the manufacturing sector. It does so by looking at available indicators from a mixture of sources, such as primary data from the Kosovo Tax Administration and the Kosovo Customs, business surveys, other secondary sources and interviews with relevant stakeholders.

Link for reports:

http://www.ks.undp.org/content/kosovo/en/home/library/poverty/impact-of-tax-regime-on-four-manufacturing-sectors.html

Coverage:

http://www.tetovasot.com/2014/11/undp-lanson-raportin-ndikimi-i-regjimit-te-taksave-ne-kater-sektore-prodhues/

http://www.kosova.info/lajme/undp-lanson-raportin-ndikimi-i-regjimit-te-taksave-ne-kater-sektore-prodhues.html

http://www.kosova.com/artikulli/113777

http://grid.al/news/159767089/undp-lanson-raportin-ndikimi-i-regjimit-te-taksave-ne-kater-sektore-prodhues

Launching conference of the “Support to the tourism sector in the Economic Region South” successfully organized


Launching conference organized in Prizren gathered municipal representatives, tour operators and civil society operating in Economic Region South. Aid for Trade Project Manager and representatives of the local partner EC Ma Ndryshe informed participants on the project activities and the importance of cooperation among all stakeholders to structure and enrich the tourist offer of the South Region. The overall objective of the project is to enhance economic development by supporting the efforts towards structuring and enriching cultural tourist offer of the region through innovative products and unique services.

Coverage:

http://www.ecmandryshe.org/?page=1,17,265

http://www.kosovalive360.com/promovohet-zhvillimi-rajonal-permes-turizmit-kulturor-ne-prizren.html

http://www.albaniatourism.org/promovohet-zhvillimi-rajonal-permes-turizmit-kulturor-ne-prizren/

TV Besa, TV Opinion and TV Prizreni reported the event on news at 17:00, 20:00 and 22:00

 

Organization of Matchmaking Services for Specific Industries

The main objectives of this initiative are to induce and create valuable networks between domestic current and potential exporters operating in Economic Region South (municipalities of Prizren, Suharekë/Suva Reka, Rahovec/Orahovac, Malishevë/Mališevo, Mamushë/Mamuša and Dragash/Dragaš) and potential foreign buyers, thus contributing to the improvement of sale channels and reducing the costs of identifying market opportunities as well as improving access to domestic and foreign markets. The project has been implemented by Regional Development Agency (RDA) South in close cooperation with municipal representatives. The following 6 sectors were covered by this project: agriculture production, food processing, artisanal crafts, wood processing, construction materials and cultural tourism.

Results achieved:

·48 businesses participated in 2 Fairs;

·208 businesses from Economic Region South participated in 4 B2B Events;

·Approximately 350 businesses from the neighbouring countries took part in B2B Meetings;

·200 businesses from Economic Region South and neighbouring countries participated in the Mega B2B event;

·11 agreements were reached between Kosovo entrepreneurs and their regional counterparts;

First B2B Online portal in South East Europe has been developed ~ 300 entrepreneurs from Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro and Kosovo registered as members. Aim of this Business to Business web portal is to facilitate the needs of business communities in Kosovo, as well as the needs of their regional counterparts. This tool ensures that local producers and exporters are given an opportunity to market their products, find potential buyers and plan their future activities. Each producer has its own Info Page, within this Web Portal. With the help of this tool, entrepreneurs will be able to directly contact their business counterparts.

Click here to download Brochures

Report on Competitiveness: “Natural-Born Clusters” launched


Utilizing a cluster-based approach, the report analyzes various relevant dimensions (opportunities and constraints, skill composition, technology, market access/constraints, linkages within industry or with other industries) of leading export industries founded and managed by local entrepreneurs in Kosovo and provides recommendations to support these businesses and help them move into higher value-added products/activities. Presented representative cluster case studies are driven by entrepreneurs who are using the factor advantages offered by Kosovo.  

Report covers three (3) emerging clusters: leather goods and footwear; agribusiness-soft fruits and medical/aromatic plants, as well as the wine cluster and covers eight (8) other potential clusters such as mining industry, decorative stones, forestry, wood furniture and products, tourism, information and communication technology, processed foods and beverages, textiles and apparel.

Report indicates that in order to succeed, formation of cluster initiatives should be a collaborative process involving government at multiple levels, companies, educational and research institutions, and other supporting institutions. Thus, a joint formulation of the policy debate and actions by the public and private stakeholders though a shared understanding of the underlying issues is essential.

By developing a joint platform, a cluster initiative, builds ownership by the stakeholders and is often a crucial starting point to more comprehensive economic reform processes in developing countries. Furthermore, cluster initiatives are perceived as policy catalyst for competitiveness and productivity.

Coverage:

Interview in KTV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSI0A1KGOPE&index=30&list=UUChjLVaOc2u4zy3G8CPGIhQ

Zëri: http://www.zeri.info/aktuale/4539/lansohet-raporti-mbi-konkurrueshmerine-grupet-natyrore/

Tetova Sot: http://www.tetovasot.com/lansohet-raporti-mbi-konkurrueshmerine-grupet-natyrore/

Grid Al: http://grid.al/news/159530305/lansohet-raporti-mbi-konkurrueshmerine-grupet-natyrore

Time Al: http://time.ikub.al/NONE/ce7f64a1748f79679c3d6eb640f4c239/Lajm_Lansohet-Raporti-mbi-Konkurrueshmerine-Grupet-Natyrore-.aspx

QIK: http://www.kosova.com/artikulli/112765

Kosova Info: http://www.kosova.info/ekonomi/u-lansua-raporti-mbi-konkurrueshmerine-grupet-natyrore.html

Two trainings on International Business Conduct organized


In its efforts to support capacity building of SMEs and other relevant existing local actors in Economic Region South, with focus on import substitution and export promotion, the Aid for Trade project funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, organized two trainings on international trade.
Training on designing the export marketing plans organized in Prizren on 10 and 11 October 2014 gathered around 50 participants from local institutions, associations and businesses operating in agriculture, food processing, construction materials, wood processing, handicrafts and tourism.
The objective was to introduce export and marketing related concepts and encourage networking between local participants. Specifically, the aim was to inform the businesses on the requirements of designing export marketing plans and to help them in adjusting their product/service features, their pricing strategy, identify distribution channels as well as introduce tools to promote exports in compliance with and relevant to existing market specificities.
In addition, training for trainers to selected personnel of the partnering local business association was organized. Drafting of a step by step guideline providing recommendations for future use/update of the plan and recommendations on exploring new exporting markets, export expansion and competitiveness is also part of this initiative.
Further, on 24 and 25 October 2014, training on steps towards succesful exporting was organized. Representatives from relevant institutions such as: Customs of Kosovo, Tax Administration, Kosovo Investment and Enterprise Support Agency, municipal representatives, chambers of commerce, transporting agencies and representatives of the banking sector informed participants on their contribution towards enhancing exports. High number of participating businesses indicated the relevance and importance of the topic covered.    
Through this training, businesses were provided with concise and thorough information on specific subjects related to international markets. The aim was to present information in a comprehensive and clear manner addressing important segments to assist local businesses in having better understanding of the relevant trade issues such as: marketing and communication in international business, laws and regulation, strategies/organization for international business, differences in culture, value chains in international markets, etc., upon entering international markets.
To provide practical examples on the topics covered, training included a series of videos, case studies and short presentations by key actors in the field of export. Moreover, to further support businesses towards greater exporting, project is supporting the development of a step-by-step guideline, determining all exporting stages.
These activities were implemented in cooperation with three local business associations: Shoqata e Zejtarëve dhe Afaristëve të Prizrenit (SHZAP), ESNAF and SOFRA.

Coverage:

TV Prizreni: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HOg6_e1AH0

Zeri: http://www.zeri.info/aktuale/4232/mbahet-trajnimi-mbi-ecurine-drejt-eksporteve-te-suksesshme/

Ekonomia: http://www.ekonomia-ks.com/?page=1,3,371163

Kosova Info: http://www.kosova.info/ekonomi/u-mbajt-trajnimi-mbi-ecurine-drejt-eksporteve-te-suksesshme.html

Info Globi: http://infoglobi.com/undp-organizon-projektin-ndihme-tregtise/

Lajm: http://lajmonline.com/sq/Ekonomi/Mbahet-trajnimi-mbi-ecurine-rejt-eksporteve-te-suksesshme-65954

TV Prizreni: http://prizreni.tv/filloi-trajnimi-dhe-aftesimi-i-biznesve-ne-prizren-per-eksport-dhe-marketing/
Prizreni Press: http://prizrenpress.com/ekonomi/ne-prizren-mbajt-trajnimi-per-eksporte-te-suksesshme/

QIK: http://www.kosova.com/artikulli/112142;

Daily newspaper Kosova Sot, Monday, 27 October, page 15

Inauguration of milk collection points in Shtërpce/Štrpce and Reçan/Rečan


In its efforts to improve operational conditions, increase income and improve living standards as well as induce networking between rural communities and farmers, Aid for Trade project in cooperation with the relevant municipal representatives established two milk collection points.

Supporting the establishment of milk collection points and milk processing facilities will not only make the production of better quality and more cost efficient, but will also induce networking between business operators and individuals, and would bring about increased revenues and improved livelihoods.

Delegation from the Finish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and municipal representatives participated in the inauguration event organized on 30 September 2014.

Three policy assessments for priority trade and human development topics launched

UNDP in cooperation with Ministry of Trade and Industry launched the three policy assessments for priority trade and human development topics in the framework of the Aid for Trade project. The project is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and in implemented by UNDP in Kosovo with the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) as main partner.

Production of higher value added goods and services, enhancement of human capital and other productivity factors, play a crucial role in increasing competitiveness and export potential of the Kosovo’s economy.  Thus, the reports present information on the existing constraints and challenges faced by the current and potential Kosovo’s exporters and provide practical recommendations on overcoming them.   

The overall objective of the policy assessments is to assist MTI in their policy making efforts by providing more in-depth knowledge on the selected trade related issues. In addition, the aim is to also shape the public discourse, facilitate an inclusive participation, and guide the decisions taken by other related policy-makers. 

Link for reports: http://www.ks.undp.org/content/kosovo/en/home/library/poverty/three-policy-assessments-for-priority-trade-and-human-developmen.html

MTI Story: http://www.mti-ks.org/sq/Aktivitetet-e-MTI-se/Lansohet-Analiza-e-Politikave-Prioritare-mbi-Zhvillimin-e-Tregtise-dhe-Burimeve-Njerezore-3027-3027

 Coverage: http://www.kosova.info/ekonomi/lansohet-analiza-e-politikave-prioritare-mbi-zhvillimin-e-tregtise-dhe-burimeve-njerezore.html

Kosova Sot daily newspaper, page 7

Zeri daily, page 17 (business supplement)

Three representatives of Department of Industry participated in a study visit in Slovenia

Three representatives of the Department of Industry within Ministry of Trade and Industry participated in a study visit in Slovenia on 14 and 15 July 2014. The delegation was hosted by the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology. The info story on this visit is accesible at: http://www.mti-ks.org/en-us/Ministry-Trade-and-Industry-activities/Department-of-Industry-DPI-Official-Visit-to-Slovenia-3023-3023.

Representative of Department of Industry participated in the “2014 Venice International Multidisciplinary Academic Summit”

During 7-9 July 2014, through the support of the Aid for Trade project, the Senior Officer of Industrial Development Policies and Projects within Department of Industry participated at the “2014 Venice International Multidisciplinary Academic Summit” presenting a paper on the determinants of trade volume in Kosovo (exports and imports).

Senior Policy Officer of Department of Industry attended the workshop on “Designing an Industrial Policy Toolkit for the Western Balkans and Turkey”

The workshop was organized by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on 18-19 June 2014 in Istanbul.  The purpose of the workshop was to finalize a toolkit for designing an industrial policy in the Western Balkans and Turkey. The basic purpose of this toolkit was to provide the first key steps to build an effective industrial and toolkit. The participating countries presented their own experiences and challenges that served as an opportunity to highlight the similarities and differences among. For further information on the workshop, please see Annex 3 for the report prepared by the participating representatives.

Policy making representatives from the Department of Industry participated at the 7th International Conference: “An Enterprise Odyssey: Leadership, Innovation and Development for Responsible Economy”

On 4-7 June 2014, two policy making representatives from the Department of Industry participated at the 7th International Conference: “An Enterprise Odyssey: Leadership, Innovation and Development for Responsible Economy”in Zadar, organized by the University of Zagreb. The purpose of attending this conference was to obtain information on management and leadership processes, challenges, successes and projects sustainability, including quality management and corporate social responsibility. Info story on this visit is accesible at: http://www.mti-ks.org/en-us/Ministry-Trade-and-Industry-activities/Representatives-from-the-Department-of-Industry-participate-in-the-7th-International-Conference-An-Enterprise-Odyssey-Leadership-Innovation-and-Development-for-Responsible-Economy-2988-2988

Industrial Policy Information System (IPIS) established

Aid for Trade project supported the Department of Industry within Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) to establish the Industrial Policy Information System (IPIS). System enables Department of Industry to follow-up important economic trend developments in Kosovo, analyze trends as well as inform decision-making with regard to both industrial and trade policy.  The database established in June 2014 is developed as an information system receiving systematic information on 50 indicators from 5 relevant data collecting institutions (Kosovo Agency of Statistics, Kosovo Business Registration Agency, Central Bank of Kosovo, Customs of Kosovo and Tax Administration of Kosovo).

Baseline assessment report for Economic Region South (ERS) launched


The Baseline assessment report for Economic Region South (ERS) covers six sectors considered to have significant competitive advantage and higher potential to improve Kosovo’s balance of trade in goods and services.  It identifies challenges faced by Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s) of ERS operating in agriculture, food processing, construction materials, wood processing, artisanal crafts and tourism in having better access to market and information necessary for increasing their domestic and export competitiveness. Moreover, it provides a comprehensive assessment of the current situation (nature and scope of operations) and defines the factors influencing the competitiveness of businesses operating in the region. In general, the report reveals that besides some differences in few aspects, businesses operating in different sectors share the same challenges.

Link for reports http://www.ks.undp.org/content/kosovo/en/home/library/poverty/baseline-assessment-of-economic-region-south.html

Coverage:

QIK: http://www.kosova.com/artikulli/107404

Kosova Press: http://www.kosovapress.com/sq/njoftime-dhe-paralajmrime/ngjarjet-e-dates-27-maj-18086/

TV BESA news at 17:00, 20:00 and 22:00 Daily newspaper Zëri in its supplement on economic issues (page 14)

Study visit to Latvia


Supported by the Aid for Trade project, the policy-making staff of the Department of Industry and the Minister's Cabinet of Ministry of Trade and Industry, conducted a study visit to Latvia on 19-23 May. The purpose of this visit was to become familiar with the process, challenges and successes of the preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the National Industry of Latvia (SKIL). The visit was considered as an excellent experience and learning opportunity. For more information, please click the following link: http://www.mti-ks.org/en-us/Ministry-Trade-and-Industry-activities/A-study-tour-visit-to-Latvia-2984-2984.

Six sector profile reports successfully launched


Six sector profile reports provide information on the recent developments and identify all the barriers faced by the businesses operating in the following sectors: Wood processing, Food processing and Packaging, Textile, Metal Processing, Tourism and ICT with special focus on Business Process Outsourcing and Customer Support Centres.

Reports: http://www.mti-ks.org/en-us/Publications and

http://www.invest-ks.org/en/sectoral-studies

Publication: http://www.ks.undp.org/content/kosovo/en/home/library/poverty/six-sector-profile-publications.html

Training on “Results-Based Management: Monitoring and Evaluation” successfully organized


On 17 March 2014, UNDP’s Head of PRGC Team together with Inclusive Growth Programme Associate and Resource Monitoring Associate, organized the training on “Results-Based Management: Monitoring and Evaluation” for selected staff from Ministry of Trade and Industry. The exercise was very interactive and highly appreciated by the MTI participants.

Overview
Status
Active
Project Duration
April 2012 – June 2016
Geographic Coverage
Kosovo wide
Focus Area
Inclusive Growth
Beneficiaties
Ministry of Trade and Industry, Division of Industrial Policies, Business and farmers operating in Economic Region South and Mitrovicë/a region
Partners
Ministry of Trade and Industry; Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development and other line ministries; Kosovo Investment and Enterprise Support Agency; Economic Region South and Mitrovicë/a Region; Regional Development Agency South; Private Sector Enterprises and farmers; Local Business Associations; Specialized agencies: Kosovo Agency of Statistics, Customs of Kosovo, Tax Administration of Kosovo, Civil society, NGOs, independent think tanks, national and local media
Contact
Teuta Purrini
Project Manager
teuta.purrini@undp.org
Phone: +381 38 240 008 ext. 108
Aid for Trade Infographic
English
Shqip
Srpski
A Step by Step Guide for Exporters
Export Marketing Plan - Step by step guide
Handbook on Selected Management Systems
Report on Potential Export Markets
6th Project Board Meeting presentation
Report on Competitiveness “Natural Born Clusters”
Guideline on evaluating the impact of policies (quantitative approach)
Value chain analysis - Wood Processing
Value chain analysis - Non-Wood Forest Products
Baseline Assessment for Mitrovica Region

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*References to Kosovo shall be understood to be in the context of Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999)
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