Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) entered into a 5-year agreement in 2010 with five Norwegian institutions for the administration of the Programme in Higher Education, Research and Development (HERD.) The overall aim of HERD was to contribute to economic growth and social development through co-operation in higher education and research in the Western Balkans. HERD consisted of five sector programmes, including HERD/Agriculture which has been coordinated at Noragric.
The objective of HERD/ Agriculture was to contribute to educating a national work force that has adequate innovative qualifications and to stimulate innovation, product and process development through support to applied research and development in the Western Balkans.
An external review of the HERD programme was carried out upon request by the MFA in mid-2015. The findings were very positive. The final report can be downloaded here. However, the MFA has terminated its West Balkan section and there are no funds for continued collaboration between Norway and the West Balkan countries. Possible alternative funding through MFA is being investigated. The HERD website of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
HERD Sector Programmes
The scope and objectives of HERD are outlined in the HERD Programme Document dated 1 March 2010 and revised in May 2011.
This sector programme had 13 projects , all ended in December 2015. Some remaining PhD students are finalizing their studies in 2016/2017.
The objectives of HERD/Agriculture were
1) Institutional Development: To contribute to educating a national work force that has adequate innovative qualifications by building, in the longer term perspective, sustainable capacity of higher education institutions in Bosnia & Herzegovina and Kosovo; and
2) Applied Research and Development: To stimulate innovation, product and process development through support to applied research and development in the Western Balkans.
The members of the HERD/ Agriculture Sector Board were:
Professor Sissel Rogne (Chair), Director, Institute of Marine Research
Anne Kathrine Fossum, Acting County Governor in Hedmark (acting chair in 2016)
Ola Chr. Rygh, Scientific Director, Norwegian Agricultural Authority
Kari Dagny Redse Håskjold, Volda
Deputy Board members were:
Professor Bo Öhlmér, Department of Economics, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU).
Agnar Hegrenes, researcher, the Norwegian Agricultural Economics Research Institute
The secretariat for HERD/Agriculture has been at the Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric) at NMBU, campus Ås. The secretariat consists of Sector Manager: Dr. Thor S. Larsen, telephone +47 67231314/ +47 90929282, e-mail: email@example.com and Senior Advisor Joanna Boddens-Hosang, telephone +47 67230155, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The secretariat will close down its activities at the end of December 2016.
Noragric has had collaboration in the Western Balkans since 1993. Details are described in this article (published 9 January, 2015).
Project documents and other information:
- (Previous) Announcements
- Presentations of the approved projects
- 2011: HERD Agriculture workshop in Sarajevo and Mostar (4-7 October 2011)
- 2012: The Board’s visit to and work in the Western Balkans (30 September - 5 October 2012): Programme and Presentations by the projects
- 2013: HERD/Agriculture Board visit to Bosnia & Herzegovina (30 Sept. - 4 October): Report of visit, Conference (Sarajevo, 1 October) and visit to universities and projects in Sarajevo, Tuzla and Mostar (2-4 Oct. 2013)
- 2016: Report of the final workshops of the HERD/Agriculture programme in the West Balkans, 18 - 23 September 2016.
- Reports to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: 15.02.2012; 06.03.2013; summary from MFA of the 06.03.2013 meeting; 05.04.2014: report from HERD/Agriculture for 2013; 22.04.2015: report from HERD/Agriculture for 2014; final report to the Ministry (12.12.2016).
Other Norwegian-West Balkan activities
- 96 Norwegian cows exported to Bosnia (NRK article 16.12.2013)