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On the 26th of October 2021, within the CADI project, in collaboration with FAO Uzbekistan, a workshop on income-generating activities for rural women of Bukhara and Navoi provinces took place.

The workshop’s main aim is to engage women in alternative income-generating activities to improve their families’ livelihoods, reducing their dependence on grazing and other agricultural activities in cold winter deserts.

During three days of the workshop, women also learned sewing skills, national embroidery, and making wool blankets. The participants combined national flavor and modern fashion trends and made pillowcases, chapans, jackets, bags, and blankets during practical classes.

The workshop was attended by residents of the village Chuya of Nurata district of Navoi province and the village Durman of Karakul district of Bukhara province, 57 women. Experts conducted the classes in embroidery and traditional crafts. One of them is Matlyuba Bazarova, Vice–President of the Central Asian Crafts Support Association.

Capacity building in Uzbekistan has been implemented via the Farmers’ Field Schools (FFS) concept developed by FAO. On two pilot sites in Uzbekistan, the FAO project team conducted a series of FFS sessions on improved crop production. The workshops’ objective was to improve nutritional security and increase the rural farmers’ income living under harsh climatic conditions of cold winter desert through enhanced capacity.

135 participants – 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 workshops.

The participants obtained information about practices on the cultivation of improved varieties of vegetable crops. The interactive training sessions allowed the participants to learn about cultivating vegetable crops to obtain high yields. Besides technical presentations, information booklets and brochures on vegetable production technology and 18 sets of vegetable seeds were distributed.