USAID Agrotrade Project

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Women and youth remain a high priority for USAID’s job creation efforts.
Women and youth remain a high priority for USAID’s job creation efforts.

USAID Kyrgyz Republic Agro Trade Activity is a five-year project that promotes job creation and increases incomes of Kyrgyz farmers and agribusinesses by strengthening value chains, leading to increased regional and cross-border trade with Uzbekistan.

Duration: July 2020 – June 2025

Funding level: $15 million

Implementing Partner: Chemonics International Inc

Key Partner: ACDI/VOCA

Activity Locations: Osh, Jalal-Abad and Batken provinces

MAJOR FOCUS AREAS

One of the key objectives of the project is creating job opportunities in south Kyrgyzstan with a special focus on women, youth, and marginalized groups.

To achieve this objective, the project works to strengthen businesses in Batken, Jalal-Abad and Osh oblasts by providing training, improving the business environment, expanding access to finance and new markets, including Uzbekistan, leading to gender equity and equality in all phases of business operations.

Agro Trade Activity supports and promotes economic empowerment and engagement of women, youth and marginalized groups in agriculture to overcome constraints such as lack of knowledge, business skills, productive economic assets, weak marketing networks, and gender-based violence prevention in households and communities.

The project provides limited grant funding for specific purposes. The following represents the anticipated types of activities supported by Agro Trade Activity grant funding:

  • Small-scale grant funding for women-and youth-owned agribusinesses (ideally blended with micro-finance loans)
  • Business growth grant funding for SMEs, with a priority on women- and youth-owned agribusinesses, to upgrade small-scale equipment
  • Grant funding professional consultations for women- and youth-owned businesses, and producer organizations
  • Funding for local NGOs and associations to improve their outreach to focus better on economic inclusion
  • Grants to medium-sized businesses to buy down risk for engaging women, youth, and marginalized groups.

ACHIEVEMENTS AND RESULTS

Since January 2021, the project helped to create 396 new jobs by supporting farmers, agricultural service providers and processors. This support includes grant funding, training, professional consulting services, and assisting with access to new markets.

More than 2,900 individuals attended training sessions organized by Agro Trade Activity to help individual farmers and entrepreneurs increase their productivity and sales.

130 enterprises received business development services and consultations.

Under the project, USAID sponsored participation in international exhibitions and facilitated B2B meeting that helped 64 Kyrgyz companies to establish business linkages with Uzbek companies and increase export of agricultural products.

Three companies in Osh and Jalal-Abad provinces received grant assistance totaling 3,6 million KGS in 2021. These investments helped the companies expand their production up to 92 per cent and created more than 300 additional jobs for women, youth, and marginalized groups.

The project supports a number of initiatives aimed at promoting equal opportunities for women and youth and their economic empowerment. The project also conducts awareness campaigns on available support for victims of gender-based violence and carries out business acceleration programs specifically for women and youth. These activities have reached more than 2,200 people in the south of Kyrgyzstan.

Overall, the project’s activities have benefited more than 3,400 rural households in southern Kyrgyzstan. Additionally, trade promotion activities supported by the project in 2021 helped 3,940 Kyrgyz farmers by expanding the market for their products.

Last updated: March 07, 2022

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