FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia

Kyrgyzstan, FAO sign cooperation agreement

Priorities:  food and nutrition security, reduction of rural poverty, and improved productivity in the face of climate change

Sustainable food and nutrition security, increased agricultural productivity, effective agricultural value chains, better incomes for rural people, greater resilience to climate change and crises, and a socially sensitive market economy: these are the objectives of an agreement signed here today between the Kyrgyz Republic and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Amelioration Janybek Kerimaliev signed the “FAO Country Programme Framework in the Kyrgyz Republic 2015-2017,” with FAO Representative in Kyrgyzstan Dorjee Kinlay signing on behalf of the Organization. The ceremony took place during a morning meeting at the Ministry.

“It gives me great pleasure today to launch a phase of renewed collaboration with the Kyrgyz Republic,” said Kinlay. “The Country Programme Framework is a valuable agreement, because it matches FAO’s specialized expertise and abilities with Kyrgyzstan’s national priorities and needs in the areas of food, agriculture and natural resources.”

Under the agreement, FAO and the Kyrgyz Republic agree to concentrate their collaboration in four broad priority areas, aligned with the priorities outlined in the country’s National Sustainable Development Strategy for 2013-2017: improvement of agricultural sector management and quality of technical services, promotion of technological modernization of agriculture, establishment of a modern market infrastructure, increased production, exports and effectiveness of land use, and creation of conditions for the development of cooperatives.

The first component of the agreement with FAO relates to the fundamental function of agriculture for Kyrgyzstan: providing a sustainable supply of safe and nutritious food for everyone. An insufficient and varying supply of food products, as well as uncertain quality and safety, are issues to be tackled. The aim is to encourage investment in professional human resource development, strengthened institutions and rigorous food safety standards by improving the national legal and policy framework.

A second priority area increased agricultural productivity, with special focus on the livestock fishery sectors. FAO will contribute to boosting these sectors, ensuring livestock health and developing value chains. This particular component is important in connection with Kyrgyzstan’s planned entry into the Eurasian Economic Union.

Under the agreement, the parties will also work to strengthen farmers’ resilience to climate change, crises and natural disasters. The legal base in Kyrgyzstan will be improved; standards and mechanisms for adaptation developed and tested, and “climate-smart agriculture” will be piloted to demonstrate its advantages for further up-scaling.

Finally, a fourth component of cooperation is reduction of rural poverty, with special emphasis on women. Coordinating closely with other UN agencies, the programme is designed to empower rural women, helping them to manage their farms effectively and involving them in decision-making processes, particularly in socio-economic affairs.      

29 January 2015, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic