Srebrenica Regional Recovery Programme (SRRP)

What is the project about?

 Srebrenica Regional Recovery Programme aimed to strengthen local producers, by providing them with technical assistance and coaching in modern agriculture production methods.
Srebrenica Regional Recovery Programme aimed to strengthen local producers, by providing them with technical assistance and coaching in modern agriculture production methods.

The name Srebrenica has come to represent all the horrors of war and conjures up images of mass human loss and tragedy.  Even today, the region has not fully recovered from the events and destruction, which occurred during the 1992-1995 conflict. As such, Srebrenica and the surrounding region remains one of the most depressed in the country, lagging behind on most indicators.

The destruction and collapse of all large scale industry has led to high unemployment and poverty. The local population, especially returnees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), have had to rely on agriculture as the main source of income. But due to the lack of capital, technical expertise and access to markets, agricultural production is low. Weak local administration and supporting institutions have been unable to provide quality services to entrepreneurs and farmers.

The Srebrenica Regional Recovery Programme (SRRP) was designed to support the local population – both those who remained, and those who returned – and to re-establish livelihoods and promote the revitalisation of the region.

The project specifically supports local producers in three municipalities, Srebrenica, Bratunac and Milići, by providing them with technical assistance and coaching in modern agricultural production methods, setting market structures for the sale of their products and helping them to increase their competitiveness through investments. Systematic development efforts have been made to revive and strengthen production in the meat, dairy, and fruit and vegetable sectors in the three municipalities.  In addition to this, the project actively promotes private sector development and supports the region’s attempts to attract investments for large and medium-scale industry.  Finally, the project supports local governance structures in order to enable responsive, transparent and accountable government at the local level.

What we do?

Throughout its three phases, the programme aimed to address the needs of the local population, with a particular focus on returnees and IDPs.

What have we accomplished so far?



  • Assistance provided to the local population in all sectors of the economy;
  • 1,384 farmers received classroom and practical training in modern agricultural techniques;
  • Realisation of four large investments in commercial dairy farms and additionally in 150 semi-commercial farms in the sheep and other sub-sectors, in the modernisation of their production;
  • Seven projects prepared and submitted to international and national donors, including municipalities and the RS Ministry of Agriculture. The total value of funded projects amounted to around BAM 200,000;
  • Support provided for the establishment of the Raspberry Producers Association;
  • Support given to 45 MSMEs in wood processing, crafts, the food industry, metal and automotive industry, textile, wool processing, etc.;
  • Grants provided for the formalisation of businesses to strengthen MSMEs for job creation and apprenticeship (training on the job);
  • Provision and facilitation of Business Development Services (BDS), such as the adoption of standards and certificates;
  • Support provided for the development of soft and hard infrastructure (e.g., access road, manufacturing premises, electricity, water supply, etc.);
  • More than 200 sustainable jobs were created as a result of these investments.
  • A dynamic infrastructure for commercial and semi-commercial production has been established in different agriculture sub-sectors, which benefitted approximately 1,000 families;
  • Four domestic and foreign investments successfully attracted for the Municipality of Srebrenica.

Dairy:

  • Increased milk sales from less than 10,000 litres in 2005 to 2,590,870.50 litres in 2012 (i.e. by 259 times);
  • 90% of milk is of high quality and in line with EU requirements;
  • The number of commercial dairy farmers has increased from 30 to 119 in 2005, and to 168 in 2012;
  • A functional network of milk collection points was established from which three dairy processing plants collect milk.

Sheep:

  • Sheep flock size has increased from around 2,000 heads in 2009 to 4,239 heads (or by 111%);
  • More than 100 sheep farmers now receive regular and increased income from sheep farming which amounted to BAM 738,110 in 2012 (increase of 85%).

Fruit, Soft fruit (berry) and Vegetables:

  • The productivity of target beneficiaries has increased from 700 kg per hectare in 2008 to 13,000 kg in 2011;
  • By the end of 2011, 130 families had been assisted and continue to benefit from stable and increased revenues, totaling up to BAM 650,000 annually
  • Raspberry production has increased substantially, and the Agriculture and Food Industry Fair ‘Dani maline’ (Raspberry Days), held annually in Bratunac, has become one of the most important in the country.

Continued action

  1. Achieving sustainability of programme results;
  2. Taking advantage of the opportunities created by up-to-date interventions and extending them to benefit a wider group in the region;
  3. Improving the competitiveness of the region;
  4. Insuring that local governments, local communities and the private sector work together and take full ownership of programme activities.

Who finances it?

Donor Name

Amount contributed per year

2010

Government of the Netherlands

$ 3,476,169

2011

Government of the Netherlands

$ 4,295,338

Municipality of Bratunac

$    129,268

2012

Government of the Netherlands

$ 2,800,121

Municipality of Bratunac

$    106,462

Waterbedrijf Groningen

$    144,876

Delivery in previous fiscal year

DEC 2012

$ 2,810,291

DEC 2011

$ 2,743,470

DEC 2010

$ 3,616,763

Geographic coverage

Overview
Status:
Active
Project start date:
01/12/2009
Estimated end date:
12/23/2016
Geographic coverage:
Srebrenica
Focus Area:
Rural and Regional Development
Project officer:
Alexandre Prieto
Partners:
Municipality of Srebrenica, Municipality of Milići, Municipality of Bratunac, Srebrenica Regional Extension Service, Public Utilities, Schools, Health Centres
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