USAID training women in Rudaki Shaartuz and Qubodiyon to make preserves.
These girls are some of the nearly 100,000 people in Tajikistan who have gained access to clean water through USAID programs. Credit: USAID
Legal aid programs supported by USAID were successful in 94 percent of land-use disputes, including for these 100 women who regained the rights to 68 hectares of land. Credit: USAID
Imams are learning about symptoms and treatment for tuberculosis (TB), so they can encourage people to seek testing and treatment. This USAID program has trained imams who have provided critical health information about TB to over 20,000 community members
A journalist interviews a farmer for a USAID produced “Your Rights to Land” television series. A project survey showed that the best way to reach farmers was through television. Credit: USAID
Female farmers in Tajikistan are hosting USAID-sponsored get-togethers to overcome endemic corruption and start their own farms.
Sharing a porous border with Afghanistan and with a highly mobile population of over 7.7 million people, Tajikistan is a conduit for trade from Afghanistan and the rest of South Asia into Central Asia. It is also a potential path for religious extremism and crippling diseases, such as multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) and HIV/AIDS.
While stable, the country struggles with extreme poverty, low economic productivity, and high unemployment. These conditions, coupled with recurring food shortfalls and winter electrical power shortages, leave the country vulnerable to humanitarian crises.
To address these challenges, USAID partners with the people of Tajikistan to increase agricultural productivity and incomes, improve health and nutrition, strengthen basic education and enhance governance. USAID’s assistance focuses on increasing food security through the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future initiative by improving agricultural production and profitability as well as assisting with the country’s structural reforms for improvement of the trade and investment climate. USAID also works to strengthen local governance, support the National Education and Health Strategy, and prevent and treat HIV and tuberculosis. Recognizing the country’s role as a linchpin for regional trade and security, USAID is promoting growth and stability to benefit Tajikistan, as well as the broader South and Central Asia region.
Last updated: June 10, 2013