July 2014—Access to finance can open up a world of opportunity for rural farmers. As part of Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative, USAID's Productive Agriculture Project works to strengthen Tajikistan’s agricultural sector to benefit small farm owners, their families and their communities.
In response to a rise in cases of anthrax in northern Tajikistan, Panjakent youth from the USAID-supported Young Leaders Program assisted their communities by educating citizens about the anthrax threat and what steps to take to protect themselves and their families.
“I wanted to drop out of school because I couldn’t read and write. I thought quitting was the easiest thing to do,” said Tillo Ghoibov, a ninth-grader in the Vose district of Tajikistan.
As the sun sets in rural Tajikistan, farmers start heading to the main building in town for their water users association meeting. All heads turn as their leader, Chairwoman Mamlakat Abduqahorova, calls the meeting to order. In this male-dominated society, the farmers in the room look to Abduqahorova for direction. She has been successfully leading the Havaskor-1 Water User Association since its formation in March 2012, and is part of a select few women who lead water users associations in Tajikistan.
Makhadali Khuramov, who leases 2 hectares (approximately 5 acres) of land in Tajikistan’s Rudaki District, struggled for years to obtain water to irrigate his fields adequately.
Last updated: July 21, 2014