Farmer-to-Farmer

Volunteer expert Ross Penhallegon training local farmers on proper fruit tree pruning, Issyk-Kul oblast, July 2014
Volunteer expert Ross Penhallegon is training Issyk-Kul oblast farmers on proper fruit tree pruning
ACDI-VOCA / USAID

Duration: 2013 - 2018

Implementing Partner: ACDI-VOCA

Activity Locations: Kyrgyz Republic

The project contributes to Kyrgyzstan’s economic growth through short-term technical assistance in the agricultural sector. It also helps to increase links and understanding between the U.S. and the Kyrgyz Republic through the personal, people-to-people exchanges that occur via the project assignments.

MAJOR FOCUS AREAS

The fragmentation of the agricultural production base in Kyrgyzstan continues to prevent the region's farmers and agribusinesses from reaching the scale necessary for efficient production. Small farms yield produce of inconsistent quality and quantities that are too low to meet market demand. The project brings US agricultural specialists to help farmers, agribusinesses, agricultural education and advisory services improve trade, livestock production, food processing and increase productivity that allows profitable access to known domestic and regional markets.

EXPECTED RESULTS AND ACHIEVMENTS

Since the start of the project, USAID brought 79 volunteers on various assignments that focus on developing agricultural enterprises, improving agricultural education and enhancing finances in the agriculture.

In the Rural Enterprises subsector the project volunteers completed 67 different assignments ranging from strengthening agricultural cooperatives and improving cold storage to introducing food safety standards and improving production of rice and onions. As a result, one of the agricultural cooperatives improved their services and optimized its membership through strategic planning, while another local agricultural service provider developed clear guidelines on cold storage for local farmers. Under assignment on sheep breeding, the project volunteer trained farmers on feed formulation, disease control, and housing improvement.

21 completed Agricultural Education assignments included strengthening extension and consultancy services and review vocational school curriculum with focus on practical and hands‐on training. The program organized lectures at Kyrgyz Agrarian University on international trade of agricultural products and trained students of Alai Vocational School #67 on the production and processing of agricultural products, best practices in soil analysis and soil fertility, greenhouse management, marketing of products and extension services. Volunteers also conducted hands-on training for agronomists from a local extension service provider and its beneficiaries on agricultural techniques and best practices related to autumn raspberry production.

Six completed assignments related to Rural Financial Services included assessment of training needs in the financial sector at large, working with association of microcredit organizations on institutional strengthening, developing a SMART Campaign in Osh, assisting the Kyrgyzstan Agribusiness Investment Fund in launching investment activities. Another assignment focused on support of the MLC Frontiers in shaping sustainable, responsible and transparent clientele among the Micro Finance Institutions in Kyrgyzstan to ensure their healthy growth over the long term.

F2F volunteers also completed five flexible assignments including: strategic planning for a rural agricultural newspaper (Aiyl Demi), analysis of the beekeeping industry in Osh and Issyk-Kul oblasts, promotion of agritourism in south Kyrgyzstan to allow tourists to experience Kyrgyz agricultural and food culture.

In Kyrgyzstan, program has reached a total of 2957 male and 1363 female beneficiaries, with 85 percent trained. 

The assignments to-date were implemented in Osh, Jalal-Abad, Batken, Issyk-Kul, Naryn and Chui oblasts, and in Bishkek.
 

Last updated: May 16, 2018

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