The Project Development Objective of the project is to assist the Government of Kosovo to promote competitiveness and growth in the livestock and horticulture sub-sectors over the next decade through implementation of selected measures of its agricultural strategy and institutional development. Towards this, the project will support Transfer of Knowledge to the Rural Sector and Investments to Promote Sustainable Rural Development through rural development grants and capacity building of the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Rural Development.
The project builds on past and ongoing support provided by the Government and several donors, including inter alia the European Commission, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Inter-Cooperation (Swiss and Danish support) to promote growth and competitiveness in the agricultural sector and help put in place the institutional structures for managing funds that will become available under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance for Rural Development (IPARD) program.
· Strengthened rural advisory services, enabling commercial and semi-commercial farmers and agro-processors to take sound investment decisions to improve productivity and growth;
· Improved growth and competitiveness in the agricultural sector through the provision of rural development grants in the horticulture and livestock sub-sectors to commercial and semi-commercial farmers and agro-processors; and
· Improved institutional capacity of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to implement the National Agriculture and Rural Development Plan.