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2021

Development of agricultural production is an important factor in overcoming the crisis associated with the pandemic

Tajikistan

Titre : Development of agricultural production is an important factor in overcoming the crisis associated with the pandemic

Pays : Tajikistan

Numéro projet : TJK/SGP/OP7/Y1/ ICCA/GSI/COVID/2021/02

Domaine : Biodiversity

Date : en cours en 2021

Bénéficiaire : CSO ’Sadoi Kuhsor’

Présentation
This project is formulated for the improvement and economic growth of the life of the ethnic minorities of G. Gulmurodov jamoat, Dusti district of Khatlon region. Dusti district is located in southern Tajikistan near the Afghan border between the Vakhsh and Pyanj rivers. The population as of January 1, 2016 was 104,200 people. The territory of the Dusti district is 1834.4 km². Most of the region lies on a plain, which serves as an economic base, but there are also mountainous areas - the eastern slopes of the Aktau ridge. This is the closest settlement near the Tigrovaya Balka Nature Reserve. The region is crossed by the railway connecting Bokhtar with Termez, and regional highways. Tajiks, Uzbeks, and Turkmens live in the region. Turkmens have been living in G. Gulmurodov jamoat of Dusti district for about 300 years. They are determined to maintain their identity and develop their own institutions. They belong to the non-dominant groups in society. They carefully preserve thelanguage, culture, and traditions of their ancestors. For instance, on holidays men always wear national hats, and girls and women wear long dresses with Turkmen ornament. The hukumat (administration) of the Dusti district reported that there are more than 10000 Turkmens here, they do not forget their historical roots and maintain family relations with their relatives in Turkmenistan. They also provide promising economic opportunities for reducing rural poverty and unemployment. There are 5 from 13 villages in G. Gulmurodov jamoat of Dusti district where Turkmens live. These five villages are : Turkmenobod, Istikloliyat, Namuna, Beshai palangon and Labi daryo. The population of G. Gulmurodov jamoat is 18148 people, including 8899 men, 9249 women and 3240 households. The Turkmen, like most Tajiks in the Khatlon region, are engaged in agriculture and gardening.

The Turkmen of Tajikistan say that during the pandemic, they did not sit at home, but worked in the field. Unexpected circumstances, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, have unfortunately further limited people’s access to healthy foods and reduced their income opportunities. This project will foster the development of development of a vegetable garden in rural Tajikistan as a means of providing income and food security for vulnerable households and building long-term resilience after Covid-19. Covid-19 is expected to have an immediate and long-term impact on food systems. Blocking restrictions on the movement of people and goods impeded the acquisition of agricultural inputs and the trade of harvested produce. The lack of post-harvest and storage facilities resulted in huge losses of perishable food items such as fruits and vegetables. Consequently, it has become inevitable to continue to support smallholder farmers in Tajikistan through innovation and capacity building. This will increase the production and consumption of nutritious vegetables as part of a healthy diet in the near future and in the long-term following Covid-19. Poverty continues to be a problem in Tajikistan, where more than a quarter of the population lives below the poverty line. In rural areas it is even 30%. The predominant crops are wheat and cotton, which occupy 78% of the irrigated area. The development of the agricultural sector in this jamoat can help to reduce unemployment and replenish the local budget.

Financement
Grant Amount (GEF) : US$ 45,000.00
Co-Finanshing Cash : US$ 25,500.00
Co-Finanshing in-Kind : US$ 219,250.00

GEF Small Grants Programme

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