USAID Agro Horizon Project

70,000 rural households benefited directly from training and technical assistance.
70,000 rural households benefited directly from training and technical assistance.
USAID/Kyrgyz Republic
Duration: October 1, 2014 – September 30, 2018
 
Implementing Partner: ACDI/VOCA
 
Funding level: $22 million
 
Key Partners: Helvetas, AIRD
 
Activity Locations: Osh, Jalalabad, Batken, Naryn
The project contributes to the growth of the Kyrgyz economy by increasing the competitiveness of the agriculture sector in partnership with the private sector.

MAJOR FOCUS AREAS

The USAID Agro Horizon Project works to increase productivity of agricultural producers and link them to markets, improve access to capital in agriculture, and generate employment. The project partners with agribusinesses to develop their supply base, upgrade their facilities and equipment, adopt quality and food safety standards, improve their management systems, and expand their markets.

EXPECTED RESULTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

  • USAID partnered with over 50 agriculture businesses in 2017. These businesses committed over $27 million in leverage contribution covering capital investment, cost of raw materials, utilities, wages, and other operating costs; $18 million has been realized at the end of 2017 with $4.25 million in capital investment and the rest in cost of raw materials and other operating costs.
  • Training opportunities, grants, technical assistance and other activities benefited over 70,000 households through the country.
  • The project helped to create 420 full-time jobs created since its inception in 2014.
  • The project assisted in creating over 24,000 cubic meters of new storage and more than 41,000 metric tons of additional annual processing capacity of fruits, vegetables, oil crops and meat products.
  • USAID helped thousands of farmers and businesses access financing and ease the way they receive money to invest in their businesses. More than 12,800 farmers and businesses accessed $10.46 million financing with the project’s assistance. USAID also partnered with banks like Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank (KICB), FMFC and Bai Tushum Bank to create opportunities for farmers to receive cheaper, non-collateralized loans quickly, including through mobile apps.
  • The project organized a number of business-to-business activities to link agricultural producers with buyers, which generated interest from 98 buyers totaling $23.8 million. Moreover, USAID’s partner small and medium businesses signed sales contracts and memoranda of understanding valued at almost $4 million.
  • Cumulative sales of farmers and partner enterprises in two years, 2016-2017 reached $16.2 million.
  • The project assisted in establishing two Tajik-Kyrgyz joint ventures that will process, package and sell dried fruits directly from Kyrgyzstan instead of exporting to Tajikistan for further processing as has been the case before.
  • Established animal traceability system required for export of meat products to ensure safety, quality and security throughout its raw material supply chain.
  • A youth internship program launched by the project matched 51 students with 24 agribusinesses providing employment opportunities for Kyrgyz youth.
  • The project’s partner businesses mainstreamed internationally recognized food safety system (HACCP) in facilities and operations.
  • USAID helped to launch the first ever mass safflower production in Kyrgyzstan which helped to cultivate 1,450 ha of rainfed, mostly unused land in the first year. Around 1,000 farmers engaged in production of safflower generated more than $153,000 additional income.
  • USAID works with fruit farmers to boost their production through proper care for trees. Farmers that work with the project generally have more yields compared to others. For example, last year peach farmers working with USAID increased their yields by 2.7 metric tons/ha, which is higher by 1.2 metric tons/ha than yields of other Cherry yields were higher by 117kg/ha among client farmers of the Project’s partner service provider compared to non-client farmers 
  • 15 small and medium businesses supported with financial, legal, HR and enterprise management training, IT and technical assistance achieved 83% score improvement in their organizational capacity, which means they are in a better position to grow their business and compete in the market.

LINKS

USAID Agro Horizon Project Facebook page

Last updated: April 03, 2018

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