Project: Kosovo


Country Overview:

Kosovo is one of poorest countries in Europe. A multiethnic society, Kosovo has several minorities: Serbian, Bosnian, Turkish, Montenegrian, Gorans, Croatian, Hashkali, Egyptians and Roma. 

Since 1999, rural livelihoods have deteriorated significantly and a large portion of the rural population is now living at a subsistence level. Approximately 52 percent of the population lives in poverty, existing on $1.50 per day or less, and nearly six percent of the population exists on $0.81 per day.

Compared to its European neighbors, current agricultural productivity in Kosovo is extremely low. For example, here milk production (liters of milk per cow per day) is less than half the milk production in commercial dairy farms in other countries.

Heifer's Work in Kosovo:

Heifer International started its activity in Kosovo after the war in 1999. Heifer Albania in collaboration with Heifer Netherlands and Bothar initiated emergency projects in Albania. The project's aim was to help Albanian families who sheltered Kosovar refugees to increase milk production and improve nutrition.

In November 1999, Heifer Albania opened an office in Kosovo. Heifer Kosovo's first years were more oriented toward the families who suffered during the war. During those years, Heifer Kosovo helped a lot by improving the infrastructure of the farms, and distributing animals and concentrated feed. Today one of the main aims of Heifer Kosovo is to help farm families have sustainable farms and improve their wellbeing. Another continued focus is working with war widows and minorities.

Key Services Heifer Provides:

Sustainable agricultural production: Small, alternative livestock breeding and management training; Garden development

Post-harvest management and processing: Small farm rehabilitation

Market development: Local market development

Technology: Artificial Insemination

Nutrition: Livestock distribution; Fruit sapling distribution