Bosnia – UN Floods Recovery Programme Helps 300 Farming Families

The UN Floods Recovery Programme in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with $22.6 million of funding from 28 bilateral donors, is helping establish normal living conditions in communities hit by the devastating floods began in May 2014 and continued into June, causing around $2.7 billion in damages and displacing over 90,000 people.

In December last year, think tank Germanwatch said in a report that three Balkan nations – Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Bulgaria, which were all hit by severe flooding – were among the six countries most affected by extreme weather events in 2014.

UN Floods Recovery Programme

The single largest donor to the UN Floods Recovery Programme is the Norwegian Government, which contributed almost $4.5 million.

Some of that funding has been spent on revitalising the dairy industry in Zenica-Doboj Canton, enabling over 300 farming families to re-build their lives.

Yesterday, Norwegian Ambassador to BiH Vibeke Lilloe and UN Resident Coordinator Sezin Sinanoglu visited participants of the rehabilitated milk sub-sector value chain in Zenica-Doboj Canton.

“Bosnia and Herzegovina needed assistance to recover from the devastating floods in May 2014 and we did our best to help,” said Ambassador Lilloe.

“Our assistance implemented through the UN Floods Recovery Programme focuses on the crucial needs of any one person that lost everything to the floods, starting from rehabilitation of homes, over communal infrastructure and public services to economic recovery. I am glad to see that our funds were utilised to help so many people and to create normal living conditions in the floods affected communities.”

The revival and modernization of the milk value chain in Zenica-Doboj Canton included provision of new production equipment to ZIM dairy processing plant in Zenica, and the rehabilitation of farms and milk collection points, as well as provision of animal feed and animal feed production machinery to 308 farmer families, who supply milk to ZIM.

“Since the beginning of the UN Floods Recovery Programme in July 2014 we aimed to build-back-better and to improve on what was there before the floods. As a result, 308 farmer families have increased their production of milk which enabled local dairy company to further increase its own production and revenues and to increase number of employees from 91 to 96. In short, just in Zenica-Doboj Canton we have helped secure jobs and incomes for more than 400 families.” said Sinanoglu.

The Ambassador and UN Resident Coordinator also visited the Newly equipped Health Care Centre in Doboj, which thanks to the Floods Recovery Programme, is now able to provide better services to 174,000 people in the community. The Health Care Centre was provided with new medical equipment and six vehicles including an ambulance, all of which had been destroyed during the floods.

Dairy processing plant in Zenica. Photo: Vanes Pilav/UNDP in BiH
Dairy processing plant in Zenica. Photo: Vanes Pilav/UNDP in BiH