Ministry of Agriculture, Water-Management and Forestry.
Bosnia & Herzegovina
The Association of Entrepreneurs and Employers of Zepce was established in 1999 as a nongovernmental and non-profit organization. Its activities are mostly carried out in Zepce municipality. The location depends on the specific features of the project.
The Association was founded to create a favorable business condition for its members to enable their successful business, and organize their introduction to the state institutions. It also undertakes other activities such as: organize presentations at fairs, social policy, solving unemployment issues etc.
The Associations’ vision is to create a business environment where the ideas of individuals will be expressed fully, where there will be a free turnover of goods and services, to enable foreign investment in Bosnia and Herzegovina, free competition and to establish public and private partnerships.
Within the period 2001-2009, The Association implemented a number of projects in various fields of developments; namely agriculture, small business, environmental conservation, NGOs, women and youth development …etc. These projects were supported by domestic and foreign donors.
The project “Establishing Agroincubator” Zepce is considered to be one of the Association’s most important projects as it has created an infrastructural support for development of agriculture in Central Bosnia Region. The project was established in 2009 with the aim of providing infrastructural support for agribusiness development in the municipalities of Zepce, Zavidovici and Maglaj.
The specific objectives of the project are:
To provide increase of quality and quantity of products through use of infrastructural support of Agro-incubator.
To commercialize products and to facilitate access to the market.
Trough help in access to financial sources, provide sustainability and expansion of production.
To provide business contacts and to network individual farmers and SMEs.
To contribute to integration of agro-business to economical flows and registration of agricultural production.
Education of farmers about agricultural production and associating.
The concept of establishing Agro-incubators is highly relevant to the need to better integrate small farmers into overall value chains. Although the final completion report is not expected until October, this project is linking fruit and vegetable producers through an effective management system to the broader market chain in Central Bosnia. The targeted beneficiaries, including unemployed rural women and discharged soldiers in a post-conflict situation, make the project relevant to many other developing country situations, The focus on overall business management needs of farming enterprises and other rural SMEs (including finance, storage, refrigeration, a soil lab, support services, training and counseling) is sound, as is the value of networking between agricultural associations and business groups.
Having business incubators of this type in one place to support all participants in the agricultural value chain is efficient and consistent with current global food system realities. The proposal also includes important aspects of financial transparency and accountability, another key constraint in developing countries. This is a full service information system which links production, rural employment and economic conditions in support of small farmers. Lastly the system is self-financing and likely to be replicable, not only in many municipalities in Bosnia, but also in other developing countries.
This is very goal project that relates very much to AGFUND mission values and objectives as it contribute to poverty alleviation in the poor area of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It fulfills the criteria of improvement the educational level of women, their health condition and fostering capacity building and institutional development. Hosting Agro-incubators is a development project and is managed in an innovative way. The transparency and the design of the project is managed in a very efficient and effective way. The number of stakeholder involved indicates the goal management and would lead to measurable outputs. The project is well designed and implemented in a sustainable manner that helps the present generation without compromising the interest of future generation. The project is environmental sound and if Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has been carried out, it will lead to a positive result.