Rural Economic Sustainability Initiative - RESI Project



CARE in the Balkans project Rural Economic Sustainability Initiative (RESI) held its promotional event on 5th of February 2018 in Hotel Emerald in Prishtinë. The main purpose of this event was to present RESI’s project achievement, results, lessons learned and activity plans. In addition, 39 grant recipients, recently awarded have signed the grant agreements.


The event gathered main national and international actors involved in agriculture and rural development in Kosovo: Mr. Gernot Pfandler, Austrian Ambassador in the Republic of Kosovo, Mr. Nenad Rikalo, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development (MAFRD), Mr. Gunther Zimmer, Head of Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) in Kosovo, Mayors of target Municipalities of Kamenicë/a, and Novobërde/ Novo Brdo, other distinguished guests from local and international organizations in Kosovo, municipal staff from project targeted municipalities Prishtine/Pristina, Rani(l)ug, Kamenice/a Novoberde/Novo Brdo and project beneficiaries.

Mr. Pflander emphasized that ADC puts a strong focus on supporting rural economic development based on the country strategy for Kosovo 2013 – 2023. The Minister of MAFRD Kosovo, Mr.Nenad Rikalo expressed gratitude for the contribution of Republic of Austria and ADC in the field of agriculture in Kosovo. This far, the project awarded 97 individual grants to agricultural producers in the target municipalities, which amounts to approximately 1 million EUR (co-financed by ADA and Municipality of Prishtinë/Pristina). The grants beneficiaries were also supported through trainings and technical assistance given by international and local consultants. The supported agricultural initiatives resulted in registration of new businesses and generation of numerous employment.

To best portray the impact of the project, a short documentary was prepared by the project: “RESI’s ingredients of success” with stories of the granted farmers and their view on how the grants have affected their work and life.

At the event, the official ceremony of signing of the sub-grant agreements with project beneficiaries of RESI’s third call for proposals was organized.


The project “Support for development of agricultural cooperatives", in North Macedonia

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