In partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), this assignment aims to support the Government of Serbia with the drafting of its Irrigation Development Strategy and the identification of specific policy and investment options for increased agricultural productivity, sustainability and climate change resilience via enhanced and newly developed irrigation networks. The Assignment is organized around two main components: (i) engaging and supporting stakeholders to prepare the Strategy and related five-year Action Plan; and (ii) identifying and mapping priority irrigation investments for the 2020-2030 period.
The first component, engaging and supporting stakeholders to develop a national strategy, will ensure sustainable, demand driven and efficient irrigation for enhanced and climate smart agriculture. The process will guarantee the participation of institutional and private sector stakeholders and include the identification of necessary reforms as well as a detailed five-year Action Plan to execute the Strategy. The preparation of the Strategy will follow an evidence-based approach, using reviews of existing literature and detailed data-driven assessment of the Serbian agricultural districts in question. To guarantee a demand driven approach to irrigation development, the Strategy will be developed in close cooperation with all relevant national and local counterparts and private sector representatives, as well as representatives of relevant apex organizations.
The second component of the project will help identify priority investments for the 2020-2030 period to upgrade irrigation infrastructure with a view to increasing Serbia’s agricultural productivity, sustainability and climate resilience. First, work will be done around identifying and mapping priority irrigation investments that can be financed under EBRD’s sovereign loan to Serbia and other sources, including costs and benefit estimate and risk assessments. The process will also involve the active participation of institutional and private sector stakeholders through roundtable workshops to validate the identification and mapping of priority irrigation investments. It will also involve trainings on investment identification and prioritization to build capacity in public and private stakeholders.
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