Agriculture  |  Publications  |  05.06.2014

Seeds of Change: Sustainable Agriculture as a Path to Prosperity for the Western Balkans

What does sustainable agriculture mean for the Western Balkans? This report by the Heinrich Boll Foundation outlines the great opportunity that the Balkans region has to change towards an agriculture sector that is more sustainable ecologically while creating more jobs and more real value.

The study aims to help policy makers and other stakeholders in the Western Balkan countries understand the potential positive impacts which could occur by investing in and designing sustainable policies for the agriculture and energy sectors.

“Seeds of Change: Sustainable Agriculture as a Path to Prosperity for the Western Balkans” tries to assess the environmen¬tal and economic consequences of a shift to “sustainable” agriculture in the four Western Balkan countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia.

The study has been developed in order to examine the multiple factors that go into evaluating the economic performance of agriculture beyond simple calculations of GDP. This issue is of major importance as people, businesses and governments have increasingly been realising that economic development takes place in a world with ecological and resource boundaries that impact all aspects of society. There is an imperative for a different model for development in agriculture. It is the authors’ belief that the region has a great opportunity to change this model — to move away from agricultural practices that have high negative impacts and towards an agriculture sector that is more sustainable ecologically while creating more jobs and more real value.

In order to move towards sustainable agriculture could be developed on a region-wide scale, the study takes a regional approach with differentiation of analysis according to each country.

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