FAO, GEF promoting sustainable development of Tajikistan's agriculture (Exclusive)

Tajikistan Materials 1 November 2022 14:28 (UTC +04:00)
FAO, GEF promoting sustainable development of Tajikistan's agriculture (Exclusive)
Aygun Maherramova
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BAKU, Azerbaijan, November 1. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) launched a new project in the Republic of Tajikistan to improve the protection and sustainable use of agrobiodiversity and traditional knowledge of agrobiodiversity and sustainable agricultural practices, a source in FAO Representation in Tajikistan told Trend.

"Facilitating agrobiodiversity (ABD) conservation and sustainable use to promote food and nutritional resilience in Tajikistan" project aims to strengthen the conservation, sustainable use, and protection of Tajikistan's nationally and globally significant agricultural biodiversity through assessing and maintaining local varieties and wild crop relatives.

The joint effort of FAO-GEF, with the support of the government of Tajikistan, will also ensure fair and equitable distribution of profits generated by the agrobiodiversity. It will allow the local people, including women, youth and other disadvantaged groups, benefiting from better food and nutrition security, well-being and livelihoods.

“The project is very timely as the agriculture and rural communities are facing climate change challenges, reflected in weather changes and precipitation,” the FAO Representative in Tajikistan Oleg Guchgeldiyev said.

“Agrobiodiversity could provide natural and easy solution in the form of local varieties that are more resilient to extreme weather conditions. The project will also help to strengthen the conservation efforts and increase the capacity of the government to protect and manage vital local biodiversity and to better understand changes in agroclimatic situation in Tajikistan”, Guchgeldiyev added.

The project also focuses on strengthening local capacities to support long-term plans and actions for agrobiodiversity conservation and sustainable use, developing strategies for evaluating traditional knowledge, and supporting continuous adaptation to climate change.

It is expected that 2370 local farmers (50 percent of women and 50 percent of men) will receive capacity-building education courses, microloans, and technical support for more resilient agrobiodiversity conservation.

"Activities started on 30 August 2022 with an Inception workshop in Dushanbe where relevant partners discussed the main project tasks, activities, and expected results planned for 2022–2023", the National Project Coordinator Khurshed Kholov said.

Until the end of 2022, the project will establish National Project Steering Committee comprising key state responsible agencies and will launch surveys, assessments, to collect and mapping data on agrobiodiversity from the project target areas.

The project is co-funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), co-financed by Government agencies and the Public Organization NOOSFERA with the total project amount of $12,400,000.