What started as a donation of 20 greenhouses in 2014 has grown into a much larger collaboration between The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Muslim Aid. To date, about 2,720 greenhouses have been donated to families in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since the start of the 21st century, up to 31% of the population of Bosnia and Herzegovina has struggled with unemployment.
In 2014, when the unemployment rate hovered at about 27% of the country’s population, the Church of Jesus Christ determined that it would be most effective to partner with a highly reputable charity like Muslim Aid to start the greenhouse project.
By protecting crops from harsh and unpredictable weather, greenhouses triple the length of the growing season in Bosnia and double the harvest of the plants grown within. In essence, this effectively multiplies agricultural gains by six, allowing families to feed themselves and sell the surplus.
Greenhouses are not donated without giving recipients the best chance of success. Each individual or family that receives a greenhouse also receives in-person training by a qualified agronomist is provided seeds and seedlings for their first year of production and is monitored regularly.
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