Results of work package II
Land-use mapping through the collection of ecological and social aspects of pastoralism, firewood usage, and carrying capacities
Publication: Land-use in Karakul District (Uzbekistan)
Integrated Natural Resource Management (INRM)
Publication: Integrated natural resources management worldwide and in Uzbekistan
This publication is an effort to describe the principles, history, and main parts of integrated natural resource management worldwide and in Uzbekistan, collect developed innovations, best practices, and lessons learned in the field of natural resources management, and present existing issues related to the state and development of natural resources use and management. Specific attention has been made to the natural environments in the region of cold winter deserts of Uzbekistan.
Workshop on the presentation of the review report for Integrated Natural Resource Management (INRM) in Uzbekistan
A workshop on the presentation of the review report for Integrated Natural Resource Management (INRM) in Uzbekistan was conducted on 28 May 2019 in Tashkent. The event was organized by FAO Office in Uzbekistan to validate the findings of the review conducted by the CADI project consultant on INRM in Uzbekistan.
In addition to defining the INRM approach internationally applied, the review report provides a comprehensive analysis of various projects related to sustainable resource management implemented by state agencies and international research and development institutions.
Among 30 participants who attended the workshop, there were representatives of various state agencies related to natural resources management in the republic, research institutes, international research and development organizations.
The workshop helped to collect valuable observations on the actual status of INRM as well as to finetune the recommendations that would best allow sustaining ecosystems of Uzbekistan and, correspondingly, major livelihood sources for millions of people representing the local population. All the comments will be considered in the final version of the INRM review report to be widely shared among stakeholders.
Farmer Field Schools (FFS)
FFS information material
Wheat against weeds and windstorm on a small farm
The publication explores the damage caused by both a windstorm and weeds to the wheat harvest of the farmers in Durmon village in the cold winter desert of Uzbekistan. Improved variety of wheat crops has been introduced to smallholders through Farmer Field Schools, implemented jointly with the International Center for Agriculture Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA) and FAO.
Benefits of improved wheat variety for rural smallholders in Uzbekistan
International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas for Central Asia and the South Caucasus (ICARDA-CAC), in cooperation with FAO, conducted a Farmer Field School program in a village in Kyzylkum, which opened up access to new farming prospects for local smallholders. The publication explores the first-hand benefits of improved wheat variety through the story of a local farmer.
Planting chickpea in October shows promise in the cold winter desert climate of Uzbekistan
The publication explores the plantation of cold-tolerant chickpea variety in Chuya village, Uzbekistan. Through collaboration with ICARDA, cold-tolerant chickpea varieties have been released in Uzbekistan which can be planted in October-November. Such an Improved variety of chickpea is less likely to fail due to dry conditions in late springs. The chickpea crop planted on 20 October germinated well and survived the winter temperatures.
Improved technology brings hope for more food production for the rural population in the cold winter desert of Uzbekistan
International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas for Central Asia and the South Caucasus (ICARDA-CAC), in cooperation with FAO, conducted a Farmer Field School program in a village in Kyzylkum, which opened up access to new farming prospects for local smallholders. The publication shares a success story of the farmer from Karakul district, Bukhara, Uzbekistan who has benefited from the improved variety of wheat seeds.
World Food Day Celebration, international conferences in Tashkent and strengthening of rural people
The FAO Uzbekistan Newsletter covers the period from September to December 2021 and is focused on successful implementation of various projects in different areas: sustainable forest management, drought and salinity stress responses, conservation of deserts’ biodiversity, beekeeping, smart farming, locust management and much more. The Newsletter also highlights challenges and opportunities for gender mainstreaming in the project cycle of FAO in Uzbekistan.
Stakeholder Awareness Workshop on the concept of Farmer Field Schools (FFS)
A Stakeholder Awareness Workshop on the concept of Farmer Field Schools (FFS) was organized on 23 July 2019 in Tashkent.
The main issue of deserts in Central Asia is land degradation. It leads to desertification, creates dust storms and sands spreading, which eventually forces people to leave their homelands. CADI project implements activities to protect and sustain such desert areas.
A workshop on 23 July in Tashkent aimed at improving understanding of the concept of Farmer Field Schools (FFS) and raising awareness of participants on how to provide rural advisory services more effectively, including innovative technologies for agricultural production. During the workshop, participants learned about the definition of FFS and how to establish them in Uzbekistan. The workshop was organized for farmers and representatives of research centers and universities, covering a wide range of stakeholders.
The event was organized by the FAO Office in Uzbekistan, the Tashkent State Agrarian University, and the Council of Farmers, Dekhkan Farms, and Owners of Private Backyards of Uzbekistan. Over 50 participants attended the workshop.
Mr. Ratna Kumar Jha, FFS Consultant of the CADI project, participated in the workshop as the keynote speaker.
Building capacity of small vegetable growers inhabiting in the cold winter desert of Uzbekistan
The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas for Central Asia and the South Caucasus (ICARDA-CAC), in cooperation with the Research Institute of Vegetable, Melon and Potato Production of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Uzbekistan, conducted two training workshops, one each in Bukhara and Navoiy regions. The objective of the workshop was to improve nutritional security and increase the income of the rural farmers living under harsh climatic conditions of cold winter desert through enhanced capacity.
There were 60 (34 female and 26 male) smallholder participants in the workshop, which was held on 28 February 2020 in the Durmon village, Karakul district, Bukhara region. There were 75 (33 female and male) smallholders who participated in the workshop held on 29 February 2020 in the Chuya village, Nurata district, Navoiy region.
The participants farmers obtained information on the package of practices on the cultivation of 18 improved varieties of 15 vegetable crops. The interactive training session allowed the participants to learn about the technology of cultivating vegetable crops to obtain high yields. In particular, the discussion was held on the methods of growing high-quality seedlings and early production of vegetables using low-cost greenhouses with drip irrigation systems in household plots to increase food security in regions.
The representatives of the district khokimiyats (administrative office), village councils, the mahalla and women’s committees, farmers, specialists and scientists, and media representatives took part in the abovementioned workshops.
Besides technical presentations on vegetable production, information booklets and brochures on vegetable production technology and 18 sets of vegetable seeds were distributed to the participants. The seed packets of vegetable crops included tomato, sweet pepper, eggplant, cabbage, cucumber, carrot, onion, summer squash, red beet, turnip, radish, coriander, dill, melon, and pumpkin.
The participants visited the FAO-funded greenhouse in both sites to learn about raising vegetable seedlings during the winter months for early spring planting in the field. Early planted vegetable crops mature before the onset of extreme high summer temperatures under the desert climate.