Kosovo Bread Program
Rehabilitation &
Emergency Work in Serbia and Montenegro
(a joint UN/WJFB project)

In the early months of 1999, NATO launched air strikes targeted against the Government of President Slobodan Milosevic. The fighting between Serbian government forces and the Kosovo Liberation Army forced tens of thousands of refugees to flee from their homes.  More and more Kosovars escaped war as refugees into neighbouring Albania and Macedonia. Almost a million Kosovars were displaced and have become refugees. At this moment, the United Nations has expressed a state of emergency in the Disaster Relief Rehabilitation and Resettlement (DRRR) of the planned returning Kosovar Refugees into Kosovo. To provide food for the refugees is one of the immediate needs for the DRRR.

In July, World Job and Food Bank Inc. (WJFB) signed a joint agreement with United Nation World Food Program (WFP) and Zumrut Company, a Turkish company, for The Production and Delivery of Bread to about 100,000 returning refugees and war-affected persons in Kosovo. The strategy in Kosovo is to produce bread for the most vulnerable groups by using local bakeries.  Rehabilitation and upgrading of the existing infrastructure of bakeries in Kosovo is also part of this relief program.

 


In the agreement, World Job and Food Bank is responsible for providing the cost for production and delivery of the bread, while World Food Program and Zumrut company are responsible for the supplies, production and delivery of the bread and Sisters of Mother Theresa for the actual distribution of bread to the people.  From late July till early September, 3,140,069 loaves of bread were produced and distributed to refugees in the cities of Mitrovicha, Pristina and Gjakova through different bakers. This project has created jobs for more than 65 bakers and their workers.  400 people have been involved in the implementing of this bread project.  More than 150,000 people have benefited for a varying period of 30-60 days.  

Please see the chart of the productions and distributions of the bread.
 

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