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Project ID:00074603Description:KGZ (Agriculture) - JP: Enhanc
Fund:
Kyrgyzstan One Fund
Start Date *: 23 Mar 2010
Theme:
Agriculture
End Date*: 31 Dec 2013
Country: Kyrgyzstan Project Status: Financially Closed
  Participating Organization:   Multiple
About

The project will contribute to the National Development Goal in line with MDG 1 on Eradication of poverty and hunger via contributing the improvement of food security status of vulnerable groups.

Outcome and outputs:

Project developed capacity for vegetable, especially early cucumber production which enhance livelihoods and food security of most vulnerable and FHH through IGA activities.

Output 1 Vulnerable families organized in self-help groups to enhance the economic self-reliance and improve their livelihoods (will be implemented by UNWomen)

Within this output, the project will focus on enhancing the capacity of vulnerable families through self help and self-reliance to contribute to increasing well-being and sustainable livelihoods.

Output 2 Provision of an assorted kit of vegetable seeds (will be implemented by FAO)

The objective of this output is to increase vegetable production of small farming households making their living mainly from crop and vegetable production. Vegetables will be available for household consumption and selling on local markets increasing overall availability of vegetables (carrot, tomato, cucumber and cauliflower) at affordable prices two months before traditional open field cultivation, and generating income of beneficiaries for the purchase of additional food stuff. The household package and seed type will depend on altitude and climatic conditions of the project areas. 

Output 3 Provision of Hybrid Cucumber Seed, Mini Plastic Tunnel Greenhouse (MPTG) accessories for early vegetable production (will be implemented by FAO)

The objective of this output is to increase early vegetable production of small farming householdsmaking their living mainly from crop and vegetable production, and who are not benefiting from livestock interventions. Early cucumber will be available for household consumption and selling on local markets increasing overall availability of vegetable at affordable prices, and generating income of beneficiaries for the purchase of additional food stuff.

Output 4 Community Funds (CF) established at the village level for provision of villagers with quality inputs (will be implemented by UNWomen)

To ensure sustainability of the project Community Funds (CF) will be established in 10 targeted villages. They are supposed to be registered at the level of Village Districts (???????? ?????) in a form of “Jaamat” (entity similar to cooperative). The women SHGs groups should elect heads of CFs. Households will contribute to CFs the amount  equivalent to 40% (forty percent) of the cost of inputs received from the Project in the form of seeds,  fertilizers, mini tunnel plastic greenhouses. Collected funds will be used for procuring inputs for the next years.

 Programme relation to the Strategic (UN) Planning Framework guiding the operations of the One UN Fund.

The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Kyrgyzstan was honoured to be selected by the UN Regional Directors Team (RDT) as one of two new countries eligible to develop a One UN Programme for 2010 funding under the Expanded Delivering as One Window (DaO). The decision of the RDT to select Kyrgyzstan for the DaO window was taken not only on the basis of our prospective response to the current situation, but also because of the broad range of ongoing and planned joint programming the UNCT has already been involved in.

The United Nations is fully aware that the insecurities in Kyrgyzstan in the areas of water, energy and food are chronic and recurrent. The problems reflect the long-standing lack of investment in the country along with capacity constraints. However, it is also true that the challenges facing the country are significantly aggravated by the global economic crisis, reflected first and foremost in stagnant economic growth and declining remittances. In addition, the spike in food and energy prices in 2007 and 2008 remain an issue in Kyrgyzstan. While global food prices in August of 2009 were 5.6 per cent lower than two years earlier, they remained 32.1 per cent higher in Kyrgyzstan.[1]  Energy prices in the country also shifted upwards with the global spike last year and have even further increased since then. For instance, while global energy prices dropped by 52 per cent from April of 2008 until April of 2009, in this same period, electricity and gas prices in Kyrgyzstan were up by 33 per cent and 78 per cent, respectively. Coal and wood, typical energy sources for the most vulnerable groups, have also experienced price increases in this period.[2] Energy price increases reflect the fact that these resources were much cheaper in the country than globally; nevertheless, the impact of such sharp increases is particularly severe for vulnerable groups. Food price increases are harder to explain, but still of real concern for the significant portion of food insecure people in the country (between one in five and one in three are either food insecure or severely food insecure). Traditionally, the people of Kyrgyzstan are resilient and have long established coping mechanisms. As a result, we do not see a typical humanitarian crisis. At the same time, vulnerable families are depleting assets as part of their response mechanism, they are suffering from worsening health and educational services (primarily due to the increasing use of scheduled electricity cut-offs that seriously affect service quality) and they have corresponding difficulties in raising their income and productivity in ways that would offset these negative trends. The combinations of internal and external challenges that face the country are significantly weakening the coping mechanisms of the most vulnerable. In short, while there is currently no humanitarian crisis, neither is a traditional development approach appropriate, and risks that may lead to acute humanitarian needs must be carefully monitored and prepared for.

The FAO study on the National Midterm Priorities Framework (NMTPF) process is underway in Kyrgyzstan. One of the priorities of the NMTPF is the area of crop diversification, crop yields and land fertility.

 


 

 

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