Past Project

USAID Agro Horizon Project

Helping Kyrgyz Farmers Increase Incomes and New Employment Opportunities

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Summary

The USAID Agro Horizon Project was a key component of USAID Kyrgyz Republic’s overall economic development program designed to accelerate the growth of diversified and equitable economic growth in the Kyrgyz Republic.

  • Increased productivity of agricultural producers and link them to markets
  • Increased productivity and markets for agribusinesses
  • Improved enabling environment for agriculture-sector growth
  • Improved nutritional status of women and children in the zone of influence

Four Oblasts: Osh, Batken, Jalal-Abad and Naryn

Livestock (cattle-dairy & meat), Fruits,  Berries, Vegetables (including potato), including support markets such as feeds and feed ingredients for livestock and nurseries for fruits

  • 26,000 individuals trained in improved technologies/practices in maize, onion, potato, and apricot production
  • 21,000 households benefited
  • 30 private enterprises assisted, including rural advisory services (RAS) and advisory service providers (ASPs), cooperatives, and private entrepreneurs
  • Aravan Agro Service (AAS) assisted to sell 600 tons of early potato resulting in 3.5 million Kyrgyz Soms (KGS) in profit compared to a loss of 4.2 million KGS in 2015
  • B2B events in Bishkek, Osh, and Almaty in August 2016, led to over $5.76 million worth of contracts
  • 5,926 smallholder farmers received in-kind grants: seeds, fertilizers, plant protection chemicals, machinery services
  • Eight Machinery Service Providers assisted to expand capacity (30 percent cost-share in new and better machines)
  • Apricot farmers increased their yields by 20 percent and maize farmers were expected to obtain two times higher yields
  • Marketing support was ongoing for apricots and maize
  • 1,600 women-headed households supported with kitchen gardens for improved household nutrition
  • Expanded markets for smallholder farmers by attracting investors to establish buyer platforms in the project’s zone of influence. These buyer platforms were in the form of processing, logistics, consolidation, and similar facilities.
  • Expanded the markets of processors and other already existing agribusinesses
  • Supported productivity improvement at the farm level based on market requirements. Ensured that the appropriate logistics and supply chains were established between farmers and buyers and that they were supported such that sustainable and strategic partnerships were promoted.
  • Worked with lead firms that demonstrated business capability in developing firm-based agricultural value chains that were or were not be within the livestock, fruits, and vegetable value chains; the lead firm provided co-investment in the development of the supply base and the processing or logistics facility, and took responsibility for the marketing of the product
  • Reduced barriers to access markets through market regulations and requirement awareness campaigns, product quality, and production compliance to standards, and improved access to standards certification

Read more about our work in Kyrgyzstan.


Funder: USAID
Contact: Alex Dunkel, ADunkel@acdivoca.org