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Rural Women in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

The present work takes guidance from the FAO  flagship publication, “The State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) 2010-2011: Women in agriculture – Closing the gender gap for development” (FAO, 2011a). The SOFA report argues that, “despite the diversity in the roles and status of women in agriculture, the evidence...
Armenia - Azerbaijan - Belarus - Bosnia and Herzegovina - Bulgaria - Georgia - Kazakhstan - Kyrgyzstan - Montenegro - Republic of Moldova - Russian Federation - North Macedonia - Turkey - Turkmenistan - Ukraine - Uzbekistan
2015 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Conference/Meeting
Kyrgyzstan hosts scientific conference on soils and food security

Humans have always taken what they needed from the planet’s soils, but the time has come to pay back this debt to Nature. These words from Kyrgyz National Agrarian University rector Ryspek Nurgaziev capture well the essence of discussions at the international scientific conference on soils and food security in Bishkek,...
Kyrgyzstan
2015 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Project
Organic Cotton Production and Trade Promotion Project

Major problems facing farmers in the south of Kyrgyzstan, such as degrading soil fertility and very low incomes are addressed by the project. The project was built upon the previous experience of HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation and other organizations in organic cotton production in countries like Mali, Burkina Faso, India and...
Kyrgyzstan
2015 - HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation (HSI)

Website
Kyrgyzstan adopts national food security, nutrition programme

The national food security and nutrition programme just adopted by Kyrgyzstan is expected to serve as a road map to fulfilling people’s rights to food, healthy nutrition and development. The programme, which springs from the country’s National Sustainable Development Strategy, was developed over the last two years by Kyrgyzstan with substantial...
Kyrgyzstan
2015 - UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) REU

Article
Agricultural potential and food security in Central Asia in the light of climate change

The four Central Asian countries mentioned are heavily agrarian societies and have a low income per capita, except for Turkmenistan due to its large oil and gas revenues. The region is characterised by mountainous terrain and dry areas. The climate is continental, with cold winters and dry, hot summers. There...
Kyrgyzstan - Tajikistan - Turkmenistan - Uzbekistan
2015

Website
Kyrgyzstan's EEU membership to resolve food security problem

With a relatively new history of membership at the Eurasian Economic Union, Kyrgyzstan believes that joining the Russia-backed economic club has garnered confidence in the nation’s economic stability. Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev, who is the primary supporter of his country's accession to union, believes that Kyrgyzstan's EEU membership will take the...
Kyrgyzstan
2015 - AzerNews

Newsletter
US$ 11 million GEF grant to address land degradation, climate change

An ambitious five-year project on integrated natural resources management in drought-prone and salt-affected areas is on its way to take-off, thanks to US$ 11 million in financing from the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The FAO project will assist Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey and Turkmenistan in tackling challenges related to desertification, land...
Kazakhstan - Kyrgyzstan - Tajikistan - Turkey - Turkmenistan
2015

Journal article
Inclusion of Women Self – Help Groups Into Value Chains

Agriculture plays an important role in social stability of the Kyrgyz Republic. More than a half of the population lives in rural area and their income is strongly linked to agricultural activities. The level of poverty among the rural population (41.4 percent) is much higher than urban areas (28. 5...
Kyrgyzstan
2015 - Food and agriculture organization of united nations

Conference/Meeting
Agricultural technologies and trade policy in Central Asia: Issues and prospects

The training workshop will facilitate a greater understanding of the different processes of trade and economic integration affecting the agricultural sector in Central Asia. Given the different degrees of the countries’ involvement in global and regional trading schemes, lessons learned from reforming agriculture will be drawn upon. Apart from experiences...
Armenia - Azerbaijan - Kazakhstan - Kyrgyzstan - Russian Federation - Tajikistan - Turkmenistan - Uzbekistan
2015

Report
Kyrgyzstan and FAO

Building capacities to achieve sustainable food and nutrition security
FAO has partnered with Kyrgyzstan since the republic joined the Organization in 1993. First opened in 2009, the country office was upgraded in 2012 and an FAO Representative appointed in 2014. This marked a shift from emergency to development-focused interventions, with an emphasis on policy and institutional support as well...
Kyrgyzstan
2015 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Newsletter article
Russia, FAO to assist Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan with food security and nutrition

A voluntary contribution of US$ 6 million from the Russian Federation will enable FAO to provide technical assistance to the governments of Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan in the area of food security, nutrition and sustainable agricultural development. Despite considerable economic growth and improvements in household welfare in recent years, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan...
Armenia - Kyrgyzstan - Russian Federation - Tajikistan
2015 - FAO

Conference/Meeting
Collaboration for innovation: Rural Advisory Services in Central Asia and Southern Caucasus

The Central Asia and the Caucasus Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (CACAARI) is one of six regional fora that promote agricultural research for development as part of the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR). CACAARI is an important link in the GFAR chain, bringing together agricultural scientists, farmers, activists and...
Kyrgyzstan
2014 - The Global Forum on Agricultural research

Book
Conservation of fruit tree diversity in Central Asia: An analysis of policy options and challenges

The five independent republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan cover a vast territory in Central Asia, almost 4 million hectares, which is just a little smaller than the whole of Western Europe. Very different ecoregions are represented in this territory: grassland plains (steppes), riparian forests (tugai), boreal forests...
Kazakhstan - Kyrgyzstan - Tajikistan - Turkmenistan - Uzbekistan
2014

Article
Structure and Performance of Agriculture in Central Asia

The five countries of Central Asia – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan – became independent states in 1991-1992 with the dissolution of the Soviet Union (see Map 1). Immediately after assuming independence, the Central Asian countries embarked, together with the rest of the former Soviet Republics (the Commonwealth of...
Kazakhstan - Kyrgyzstan - Tajikistan - Turkmenistan - Uzbekistan
2013

Article
Farmer managed irrigation systems in the Alai (Kyrgyzstan) and Pamir (Tajikistan) mountains

In the high mountain valleys of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, gravity-flow irrigation systems support the production of grains, fodder, vegetables, herbs, and fruits as well as wood for construction purposes. A majority of the irrigation systems in the Alai and Pamir mountain ranges were constructed by communities of water users prior...
Kyrgyzstan - Tajikistan
2013 - Global Water Forum

Book
Regional Synthesis on the Forest Genetic Resources of Central Asia

Genetic diversity provides the fundamental basis for the evolution of forest species and for their adaptation to change. Conserving forest genetic resources (FGR) is therefore vital as they constitute a unique and irreplaceable resource for the future. At its Eleventh Regular Session, the FAO Commission on genetic resources for food...
Azerbaijan - Kazakhstan - Kyrgyzstan - Tajikistan - Uzbekistan
2013

Book
Irrigation in Central Asia in figures

It is in the mandate of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), as stated in Article 1 of its constitution, “to collect, analyse, interpret and disseminate information related to nutrition, food and agriculture”. Within this framework, in 1993 FAO launched a programme known as AQUASTAT, its...
Afghanistan - Kazakhstan - Kyrgyzstan - Tajikistan - Turkmenistan - Uzbekistan
2013 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Article
Researching the Future of Pastoralism in Central Asia’s Mountains

This paper synthesizes research findings on contemporary mountain pastoralism in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, based on a longer review characterizing mountain agropastoralism in Central Asia. The focus is here on the principal issues that have been emphasized over the past two decades in policy, programs, and projects regarding pastoralism in Central...
Kyrgyzstan - Tajikistan
2012

Article
Laws, Institutions and Transboundary Pasture Management in The High Pamir and Pamir-Alai Mountain Ecosystem of Central Asia

The neighbouring Central Asian states of Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic were formed following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Central Asian states have retained as international boundaries the former Soviet Socialist Republican (SSR) boundaries demarcated in Soviet times. Previously porous republican boundaries are now subject to strict border control...
Kyrgyzstan - Tajikistan
2012

Book
Pastoralism and Farming in Central Asia’s Mountains: A Research Review

This paper reviews and discusses the distinctive characteristics of mountain agro-pastoralism in Central Asia. Opening with a discussion of past and present research directions on this topic, the paper proceeds to outline the background to farming and raising livestock in the mountains. We then summarize key findings which are relevant...
Kazakhstan - Kyrgyzstan - Tajikistan
2011
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