IFAD in Bosnia and Herzegovina

IFAD began operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1996, shortly after the conclusion of the Dayton peace accords. Its early interventions focus on the rapid distribution of livestock to poor households, in response to the need for emergency assistance in a country devastated by years of war. Today, IFAD is one of the few agencies in the country working on an appreciable scale with non-commercial and commercial smallholder farmers and off-farm entrepreneurs in underdeveloped municipalities.

Specifically, IFAD's strategy in Bosnia and Herzegovina is to enable poor rural people in to improve their food security and increase their incomes through support for non-commercial and commercial farmers, and to on- and off-farm rural enterprises. This work advances a key government priority: achieving a transition from non-commercial farming to viable commercial enterprises that are attractive to young people and the rural poor.

The IFAD strategy has three main objectives:

  • Support farmers' organizations in their transition from non-commercial to commercial agriculture
  • Increase smallholders' and off-farm entrepreneurs' access to technological innovation, business development and financial services to facilitate sustainable, long-term competitiveness
  • Improve smallholders' and entrepreneurs' access to markets through upgraded infrastructure.

The strategy also gives priority to gender equity and environmental sustainability will be pursued as important cross-cutting issues.

IFAD-supported projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina contribute to forging close links among farmers, processors and markets. There is evidence that improved market linkages can result in better prices for primary products and higher incomes for small farmers. Interventions also help strengthen the supply chain, ensuring that farmers have better access to related services such as animal breeders, veterinary services and financial services.

Country strategic opportunities programme (2013)

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Environment and climate change assessment

Source: IFAD