Besnik Salihu is an agricultural consultant at Novus Consulting. He has more than 8 years of work experience in Agriculture Develop-ment and Advisory Services and Veterinary Medicine in Kosovo.
Since 2009 to 2013, Besnik has managed the Non-Governmental Organization ori-ented in Agriculture Development “Agro-Vet Development”, thus developing and implementing projects aiming to enhance the agriculture and rural development in several municipalities, thus working with various stakeholders and donor agencies in Kosovo. Further, with his strong educational and professional background in agriculture, Besnik undertook many consultancy works such as with Austrian De-velopment Agency (ADA) to undertake an assessment of agriculture situation and potentials in several municipalities in Kosovo and design the new project interven-tion and conducted two project assessments of the Suhareka Smallholder Initiative-Local Development Fund (SUSI-LDF).
In 2015, he joined CA17 International & NOVUS Consulting to work on the Europe-an Union funded project providing Technical Assistance to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development with Advisory Services and Laboratories. In a role of agro-economist, Besnik provided support in establishing the advisory services in
several municipalities thus establishing the Municipal Information and Advisory Centers; undertook assessments in the municipalities to identify the most profitable agriculture and value chains; conducted and collected farm accountancy data; sup-ported Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development in developing a training and advisory services curriculum; provided trainings to farmers and agri-culture advisors on different topics such as Farm management, Improving Econom-ic Activity of Farms, Farm Data Keeping etc.
Besnik holds a title of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary, University of Pristina. He also holds a Master of Science Degree in Public Health from Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary, University of Pristina in cooperation with several Universities in European Union through a Tempus Pro-gram. Besnik is certified as Agriculture Advisor from University of Savonia, Finland in cooperation with Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary, University of Pristina. Lately, he is certified from MAFRD as agriculture advisor to provide professional ad-vice to farmers in Kosovo in areas of agriculture and rural development.