Ländliche Entwicklung nach der Flut

Contract partner: Samariterbund Österreich Rettung und Soziale Dienste gemeinnützige GmbHCountry: Serbien Funding amount: € 104.000,00Project start: 01.10.2015End: 30.09.2017

Short Description:

Overall goal

Project objective:

The objective of the project is to contribute to poverty reduction of the rural population in Western Serbia severely affected by floods.

Expected results


- The socio-economic status of at least 100 small rural households in Šabac is improved and the capacities of small agricultural households are increased.

- 50-70% income of farmers is increased as compared to sale of primary products.

- A Social cooperative is formed and in operation.

- Material support for the social cooperative is provided.

- Awareness is raised through advocacy activities on organic agriculture, the legal situation of cooperatives and land grabbing in Serbia.

Target group / Beneficiaries

Target Group/Region/Partner:

Local Partner: Initiative for Development and Cooperation (IDC)

The target group includes 100 small agricultural households severely affected by the May 2014 floods, whose solely source of income is based on traditional agricultural production of fruit and vegetables. The average household in Serbia comprises 3 members. Therefore the expected number of direct beneficiaries amounts to 300 persons. In addition, 72 volunteers will be engaged in the project to support transportation of the mobile dryers and dried fruits during the project period. At least 5000 people will be reached through advocacy activities and familiarized with the concepts of organic farming, cooperatives and the issue of land grabbing. The overall community that will have access to dried fruits and vegetables from the established social cooperative will benefit as well. The project particularly targets ‘elderly households’ that are present in great numbers in all Serbian villages, especially the ones in Western Serbia.

The project region is Šabac.



100 small farmers are selected. Agricultural experts will be engaged to prepare a curriculum. Subsequently agricultural seminars and trainings on the specificities of agricultural production will be held. The training will provide farmers with information regarding innovations and new techniques of production, principles of organic production and the use of natural fertilizers, and agricultural production after the floods, taking into account ecological approach to agriculture that views agricultural areas as ecosystems and is concerned with the ecological impact of agricultural practices. Seminars on business skills will be provided, where participants draft business plans. Finally a social cooperative will be formed. At least 20 participants of the seminars will be selected and involved in the social cooperative as subcontractors.

Members of the social cooperative will visit Austria to liaise with other CSOs.

1000 brochures will be designed and printed and a social media campaign organized.

Two conferences will be held, one in Šabac and one in Belgrade.



The situation regarding agricultural production in Šabac was strongly affected by the catastrophic floods in May 2014. Šabac is located in the region of Western Serbia that was severely hit by the floods.

ADC Funding 43,33% of the total project Costs.

project number8108-07/2015
source of fundingOEZA
sector Andere multisektorielle Maßnahmen
modalityProject-type interventions
marker Environment: 1, Poverty: 1, Trade: 2
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.