ACDI/VOCA Awarded USAID Agro Horizon Project in Kyrgyzstan
New Project Helps Kyrgyz Farmers Increase Incomes, New Employment Opportunities
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded ACDI/VOCA a $22 million contract to implement the USAID Agro Horizon Project in Kyrgyzstan. The project’s goal is to increase incomes of smallholder farmers and agribusinesses through improved productivity and additional employment opportunities. Project activities will focus on strengthening the competitiveness of value chains for fruits, vegetables, dairy, and value-added products, such as dried and canned fruits.
Agriculture plays an important role for the majority of Kyrgyzstan’s 5.3 million people, accounting for about one-third of all jobs. Smallholders are responsible for producing more than 90 percent of the country’s agricultural output. Despite this, food insecurity in rural areas is as high as 48 percent.
Stronger Value Chains to Improve Productivity, Nutrition, Income, Employment
The USAID Agro Horizon Project is a key component of USAID mission’s overall economic development program designed to accelerate and ensure diverse economic opportunities for all Kyrgyz people.
By strengthening the productivity and output of agricultural value chains, the project will increase employment in the sector, the availability of nutritious foods, and the market share of the targeted crops in both domestic and foreign markets. Working to address issues throughout the market system will also support the development of an enabling environment that promotes growth for all actors throughout the system.
USAID Agro Horizon has four distinct tasks:
- Increase productivity of agricultural producers and link them to markets
- Increase productivity and markets for agribusinesses
- Improve enabling environment for agriculture sector growth
- Improve nutritional status of women and children in the zone of influence
ACDI/VOCA in Kyrgyzstan
In Kyrgyzstan, ACDI/VOCA supports women entrepreneurs and business leaders through USAID’s Women’s Leadership in Small and Medium Enterprises (WMSLE) program. The USAID Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) program in Kyrgyzstan addresses food insecurity in southern Kyrgyzstan by providing volunteers who support agribusinesses working in fruit, vegetable, and small ruminants value chains.