Official title of the project

Rural Development: Effective Land Management

Project information

Improving management and use of agricultural land in Serbia
Region / City
Negotin, Knjazevac, Boljevac, Pirot, Svrljig Zitoradja, Paracin
Total budget of programme / project

Total: 3,88 M EUR

EU Contribution: 2,78 M 

Co-financing: Government of Serbia: 0,1 M EUR; German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development : 1 M

Implementation period
2013. Jan - 2015. Dec
Expected results
  1. Legal and administrative framework improved according to EU best practice
  2. Improved management and monitoring procedures for state-owned agricultural land in place on national and municipal level.
  3. Pilot schemes for consolidation of agricultural land implemented.
  4. Schemes for combating abandonment of agricultural land implemented.

Diractorate for Agricultural Land (DAL) within the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Water Managment

Target Groups

- Staff of Ministry and (DAL)

- Staff of Republican Geodetic Authority and of Pilot Municipalities in Serbia

- Farmers

- Owners of Agricultural Land

Summary of the project

Agriculture is one of the key components of Serbia’s economic development. And has a significant social role through its contribution to food security and rural employment. Up to 80% of the active working population in rural areas is involved in farming, but with over 600,000 farms having less than 5ha of land much of this activity is for household consumption only, rather than production for markets.

The fragmentation of agricultural land, abandonment of land especially in the eastern and southern region of Serbia are major problems for Serbia’s agriculture sector. Compared to the EU countries, Serbia’s agricultural holdings are fragmented and thus less efficient. Experience from other European countries suggests that investing in land consolidation, although costly, can have high returns. The benefits of such a program include increased production and employment, higher tax revenues, better rural conditions, increased market values for consolidated properties, improved ownership conditions, better infrastructure, and accurate property registers and cadastral maps. 

  1. Effective Management of Agriculture Land will foster agricultural production and economic development.
  2. Managmenet and use of state owned land for agricultural production will be made easier.
  3. Ownership conditions, property registration and use of state owned agricultural alnd will be improved.

Programme/Project objectives

  1. Creating a viable agricultural sector appropriate to the needs of a modern market economy.
  2. Improving Managament and use of Agricultural Land

More details on project

German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development + Municipal Economic Development in the Danube Region; Budget: 8,445 Mio EUR; Implementation Period: 1/20117 -12/2016; Objective: Fostering local and regional economic development in Eastern Serbia.