Restoring Kosovo's Agriculture Sector After Conflict--IFDC's Involvement
The Kosovo Conflict, consisting of two sequential conflicts, arose from long-standing tensions between ethnic Albanians and Serbs in the region. From 1996 to 1999, the first conflict was a civil conflict between ethnic Albanian separatists and Serbian and Yugoslav security forces. The conflict escalated with government-sponsored violence against Albanian civilians and intervention by NATO. The second conflict resulted in massive population displacement and significant damage to the agriculture sector. Before the conflicts, agriculture played a vital role in Kosovo's economy, with a significant portion of GDP and employment dependent on the industry. This paper highlights the challenges faced by Kosovo's agriculture sector and the need for its restoration after the conflicts. It emphasizes the importance of private sector participation, the availability of agricultural credit, improved access to agricultural inputs, and the revitalization of agro-processing industries. The program rationale focuses on addressing critical constraints to agribusiness development to stimulate economic growth, stability, and employment opportunities. The program's design aims to achieve a rapid and significant impact on the economy by prioritizing interventions that benefit many stakeholders and promote efficient and dynamic agricultural practices.
Private sector, Agricultural development, Poultry, Trade Associations