Final Documentation

Economic gardening in Bosnia-Herzegovina - Linking agricultural markets to producers (LAMP) project case, USAID 2008

    Description
    ECONOMIC GARDENING IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
    LINKING AGRICULTURAL MARKETS TO PRODUCERS (LAMP) PROJECT CASE
    NOTES FROM THE FIELD NO.3

    Authored by: Jon Thiele, Chief of Party, USAID-LAMP Project

    The Linking Agricultural Markets to Producers (LAMP) project in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), was funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to foster economic growth through improving the competitiveness of the agriculture and agribusiness sectors. Now in its fifth year, LAMP applies many innovative approaches for linking domestic and international consumer markets with rural entrepreneurs, producer organizations, and communities. In its four and a half years of operation, LAMP has been successful in creating new farmer-to-market linkages along the value chain and bringing significant benefits to agricultural producers and processors throughout the country.

    LAMP promotes business activity through the application of project resources grouped into four pillars: building linkages, facilitating access to finance, providing technical assistance (TA), and enabling policy improvement.


    LAMP was based on an economic development approach, sometimes referred to as 'economic gardening', that operates on the premise that most new jobs are produced by growing businesses already existing in the community. Project management and staff identified suitable enterprises early into the project and provided them with long-term support. Target beneficiaries were farms, cooperatives, or agricultural processors that satisfied two criteria: 1) a demonstrated potential for growth, and 2) strong linkages to other area enterprises that would grow along with it. Agriculture in BiH is diverse, and three sectors were chosen as areas of focus based on their competitive potential: fruits and vegetables, dairy, and medicinal and aromatic plants. LAMP's objective was to foster business growth in these sectors.