The agricultural condition of the Issyk-Kul Oblast region is challenged by climate change, soil degradation, deforestation, biodiversity loss, low technology on cash cropping with organic practices, and lack of organic market access.
As such, the project's purpose is to look at strengthening the capacity of climate change adaptation, cooperative production, and marketing strategy needs which need to be strengthened according to the institutional establishment of organic agriculture certification and market. This is in line with the government of the Kyrgyz Republic that has selected a new economic growth model focused on tourism, organic agriculture, and clean energy utilised with a geopolitical position as a member country of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU).
The project has several components:
- Organic Experts’ Training of Trainers (ToT) and On-Farm Organic Capacity Building Training for farmers,
- Establishment of the Organic Agricultural Value Chain: consulting for the organic cooperatives, post-harvest management, and marketing for local and export markets, and
- Establishment of Infrastructure for Organic Agricultural Production and Post-harvest Management, including village and/or cooperative-level pilot projects.