New project in Uzbekistan: Sustainable development in rural areas

Agricultural public expertise responded positively to a call for tender launched by the European Union in Uzbekistan called “sustainable development in rural areas”   Indeed, in July 2015 the European Union delegation selected a consortium led by Germany(GIZ) with as partners France(Adecia), Italy(AIA) ane Bulgaria(ONG CEED) to accompany the process of agricultural modernisation in Uzbekistan. This process will involve a tranfer of European know-how and technology, the setting up of pilot projects in two important sectors: livestock farming and horticulture. The 3-year project will be officially launched in January 2016. The operating budget is 9.3 million euros, 70% of which will de dedicated to pilot projetcs.

The project aims to open the Uzbek market to European goods and services in the agricultural sector. The development of trade in the agricultural and agroalimentary sectors was identified as a priority by the joint Franco-Uzbek economic commission on 13 March 2014. The market prospects for French and European companies, in the agriculture sector, are considerable.

Being part of this project will give us an opportunity to showcase French know-how and technology directly to Uzbek farmers. The overall expertise of the Adecia network will also benefit from this project through mobilising, according to the needs and challenges of the programme, specific expertise such as the MAAF, the Institute for animal husbandry, the French Institute for vines and wine (FVI) Montpellier SupAgro (a higher education agronomy school and research centre) the GNIS/FN3PT and the INAO.
In order to obtain a clearer picture of the needs of the Uzbekistani horticulture, animal husbandry wine etc. sectors, a viability study will be carried out through specific concrete actions on the ground.

In the second phase (2nd and 3rd years), on the basis of selected pilot schemes, Uzbekistani beneficiaries (mainly farmers and institutions) will receive funds to allow them to acquire machinery and equipment, to train and acquire new skills, to get better organised in numerous areas: the improvement of agricultural inputs (seeds, livestock), quality monitoring, veterinary services, downstream equipment (preservation, storage, transformation, packaging) through training and technical assistance. Other related programmes, such as support for the farm advisory services, training support for different interest groups (IG) have also been envisaged.

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Contact : Pierre Poussard