Reviving the Agricultural Coordination Mechanism

 “What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.”  –Kurt Vonnegut Youth is a time when a growing generation starts to dream about the future – it is a time to think … More Reviving the Agricultural Coordination Mechanism

Innovation Platforms: Why do we need this?

The Central Asia and Caucasus (CAC) region, like many other regions in the world, is facing global transformations, including globalization and localization processes, the development of ICT, changing consumption patterns, ecological decline and resource scarcity, population dynamics, urbanization, and technology development. These drivers of change are interconnected. They will significantly affect the future of agriculture … More Innovation Platforms: Why do we need this?

Behind the scenes: The ones who stay in the shadows

“Most of the successful people I’ve known are the ones who do more listening than talking.” -Bernard Baruch There has always been an accepted assumption that in national, regional and international events, the primary focus should be on the speakers and not on those who listen. The thing is, it should be taken into account. … More Behind the scenes: The ones who stay in the shadows

And who will feed us?

“70% of young people in Tajikistan are choosing to enter the legal profession, or want to become doctors, economists, bankers or programmers… And who will feed our people?”- said Dr. Amonullo Salimov, the rector of Shirinsho Shotemur, the Tajik Agrarian University. During the coffee break at the #GCARD3 Regional Consultation for Central Asia and the … More And who will feed us?

Kyrgyz Haricot: To bean or not to bean?

It was indeed a question during the second day of the #GCARD3 Regional Consultation for Central Asia and the Caucasus. During the plenary discussion that focused on food security and nutrition issues in agriculture, Nurbek Omuraliev, who is a representative of Kyrgyzistan’s Academy of Science, asked presenters  how best bean crops could be included into … More Kyrgyz Haricot: To bean or not to bean?

Organic or panic?

– Me: Is there any future for organic food businesses in Kyrgyzstan? – Dr. Igor Hadjamberdiev: It is the only future. My journey towards organic food production started with an FAO project I worked on last year. The goal of the project was to research the problems of using pesticides. A big part of the … More Organic or panic?

Agriculture with wings

“If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing.” ― Coco Chanel While we are all sitting in one room, in Bishkek, at the #GCARD3 Regional Consultation for Central Asia and the Caucasus, social media is giving us wings. I am one of the twenty-four social reporters at the Consultation. Most … More Agriculture with wings

Work it, data!

Evidence-based decision-making seems to be the only logical option. However, I was surprised to learn that this is apparently quite a new trend. What Works Network was organized by the UK Government in June 2013 and “is a world first: it’s the first time any government has taken a national approach to prioritizing the use … More Work it, data!

Feb 29 2016: Leo gets an Oscar and Eurasian region talks about food security and soil partnership

Today was a rare day: this February had 29 days, and Leo Dicaprio (finally) got his Oscar, so I thought: “Why not spend it usefully”, so indeed it was a useful day. After all, it was the first day of the #GCARD3 Regional Consultation for Central Asia and the Caucasus!