Agriculture plays a crucial role in the Uzbek economy, employing approximately half the workforce. More than two-thirds of the population reside in rural areas, over one-quarter live in poverty, and remittances from Uzbeks working abroad play a major role in the domestic economy. For these reasons, agricultural development and diversification are key USAID priorities in Uzbekistan.
USAID’s activities help farmers achieve immediate results by applying improved techniques and better technology to disease-resistant plants. USAID trains households to dry fruits and is introducing affordable methods for creating on-farm cold storage facilities, all of which help improve incomes.
Last updated: February 25, 2015