Food Security & Markets
Our goal is to enable farmers and agricultural producers and their organisations to sustainably manage natural resources. We aim to encourage the production of environmentally friendly and fairly priced products, and support market access. This turn enhances income and job opportunities. Caritas Switzerland seeks to improve access to international markets for Bosnian farmers and their organisations. We promote the application of European Union regulations and standards in agriculture, such as Integrated Production (IP) and Global GAP, and facilitate regular exchanges between relevant stakeholders of the value chain.
We endorse innovative agricultural methods for improving soil fertility and health. We have been promoting new fruit and vegetable varieties to diversify and improve marketability. We were instrumental in the establishment of the National Berry Union for Berry Fruit Producers in 2015, and are enhancing its capacities and organisational development.
Furthermore, we facilitate projects in urban agriulture, with a special focus on socioeconomic empowerment of vulnerable groups. Additionally, we advocate for discriminated landless minorities (such as Roma) to have access to land plots.
Education and Income
As education and social inclusion is crucial for the reduction of poverty, Caritas Switzerland’s goal is that vulnerable children, youths, and adults receive basic education of an adequate quality. Also, we aim at improving the economic situation of vulnerable groups by promoting entrepreneurship and employment.
We enhance access to basic education for everyone, with a specific focus on children of vulnerable groups such as Roma. In order to include Roma children into basic education, we advocate for the employment of Roma mediators and social workers, which communicate with the Roma community directly and provide additional support when needed. As housing conditions are crucial for social inclusion, we have been improving the living conditions of Roma families by providing additional durable social housing in cooperation with the Ministry for Human Rights and the targeted Municipalities.
Climate Change & Disaster Risk Reduction
Caritas Switzerland aims at increasing capabilities to adapt to climate change and to avoid, reduce, and cope with the impacts of natural hazards. Our goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a way which improves income generation of rural and urban households in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
We support awareness raising for economically vulnerable households concerning energy efficiency in order to reduce energy poverty. We advocate for innovative models of energy efficiency by promoting a business environment that attracts involvement of the private sector, and we realise such demonstration projects through the ESCO-model. We also implement innovative energy efficiency measures through public-private-partnerships (PPP).
We promote hazard-tolerant and resistant crops and crop zoning and provide advice on the protection of crops from calamity.