Community-led initiatives in Serbia

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Overview

Transition in Serbia

Main page: Transition in Serbia

The Transition Network lists 1 initiative in Serbia.[1]

Permaculture in Serbia

Main page: Permaculture in Serbia

According to permaculture designer Smilja Ignjatovic

„Permaculture in Serbia is developing alongside agroecology. Global trends of self-governance and self- sufficiency is certainly affecting people to educate more in these fields. There are two possible ways in which small alternative farms are developing in Serbia – one is an organic farming business model base but trying to find more or new economy solutions; the other way is people who firstly educate in permaculture and start everything from the scratch. This way requires more time, as permaculture (sister of agroecology) practice is also young in Serbia.”[2]

Ecovillages in Serbia

Main page: Ecovillages in Serbia

The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) lists 1 project in their database. This number is however only reflecting the projects that have registered themselves on the database. The ecovillage database contains ecovillage projects of all sizes and in all stages of development.[3]

Community Energy in Serbia

Main page: Community energy in Serbia

Solidarity Economy in Serbia

Main page: Solidarity economy in Serbia

Community Food Production in Serbia

Main page: Community Food Production in Serbia

According to URGENCI, the International Network for Community Supported Agriculture, the first CSA in Serbia was established in 2008. The URGENCI report "Overview of Community Supported Agriculture in Europe" names 2 CSAs providing for 70 people in 2015. Direct selling from producer to consumer is still very common in Serbia, with farmers markets in every town and “more than 70% of all food products (...) still sold through small grocery shops". The comparatively slow establishment of CSAs has been accredited to trust issues and socio-economic conditions by the author of the report Smilja Ignjatovic:[4]

„(...) small-scale farmers, especially those not certified organic farmers, are afraid of the giant agro- industry that has been taking over small farms and small businesses, they are afraid of being taxed and fined by the government because of a lack of certification and working in alternative economy praxis, being afraid to be accused of taking part in the grey economy. These are the biggest issues that concern CSA or biodynamic or permaculture or alternative farmers/groups in Serbia.“[5]

Other(s)

Collaboration with Local Government

Intersections and Interactions

References

  1. https://transitionnetwork.org/transition-near-me/initiatives/. Accessed on June 10th 2018
  2. Volz, P., Weckenbrock, P., Cressot, N. & Parot, J. European CSA Research Group (2016): Overview of Community Supported Agriculture in Europe. https://urgenci.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Overview-of-Community-Supported-Agriculture-in-Europe.pdf. Accessed on June 7th 2018
  3. https://ecovillage.org/projects. Accessed on May 28th 2018
  4. Volz, P., Weckenbrock, P., Cressot, N. & Parot, J. European CSA Research Group (2016): Overview of Community Supported Agriculture in Europe. https://urgenci.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Overview-of-Community-Supported-Agriculture-in-Europe.pdf. Accessed on June 7th 2018
  5. Volz, P., Weckenbrock, P., Cressot, N. & Parot, J. European CSA Research Group (2016): Overview of Community Supported Agriculture in Europe. https://urgenci.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Overview-of-Community-Supported-Agriculture-in-Europe.pdf. Accessed on June 7th 2018