New projects of FAO and the Ministry of Agriculture of Uzbekistan
The project agreements were signed between the Ministry of Agriculture of Uzbekistan and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The ceremony was held in virtual format with participation of the Minister of Agriculture of Uzbekistan Mr. Jamshid Khodjaev and FAO Sub-regional Coordinator for Central Asia and Representative in Uzbekistan Mr. Viorel Gutu.
The implementation of FAO new regional projects in cooperation with Uzbek partners is aimed to increase sustainability and efficiency of agriculture, improving living standards of rural population. In particular, the signed agreements provide introduction of the latest smart technologies in the greenhouse gardening, strengthening pest control, and adaptation to new realities of the COVID-19 pandemic.
1. "Smart farming for the next generation." The project will be implemented in two countries (Vietnam and Uzbekistan) in 4 years, with a total budget of $ 3.4 million. Financial partner is the Government of the Republic of Korea. The overall goal is to initiate and promote smart and sustainable production, post-harvest processing and marketing of greenhouse crops. The project will enable the specialists and smallholders to learn advanced production technologies and high quality, safe marketing of agricultural products. The introduction of new technologies in greenhouse gardening will increase yields and profits.
2. Project on improving locust management (Phase II). The project document was prepared by FAO in close cooperation with six countries (Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) and the financial partner - Japan International Cooperation Agency for the period of 5 years, with a total budget of $ 7,3 million. The project will contribute to improve locust control at the national and regional levels for Central Asian countries through sustainable regional cooperation and effective preventive pest control strategies, as well as expanding knowledge and best practices in the field. The first phase of the project was successfully implemented by FAO and JICA in 2015-2019 in Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Taking into consideration its success and conclusions, as well as specific needs of countries in the region, it was decided to scale it up.
For reference: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger and improve nutrition and food security. It was founded in 1945 and composed of 197 member-states.
Uzbekistan joined FAO in 2001. FAO Representation in Uzbekistan was founded in 2014. In accordance with the Country Programming Framework document that gives further guidance to their partnership through 2022, FAO provides support in three priority areas agreed with the Government of Uzbekistan: institutional and policy assistance for the Ministry of Agriculture and other government institutions; agricultural and food value chain development and market access; and sustainable management of natural resources, climate change and biodiversity.