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    Agriculture is a major sector of the economy in Uzbekistan, but agrifood quality and productivity problems reduce the country’s competitiveness in global markets. There are also significant environmental issues, such as wind and water erosion, and natural resources are being depleted. Quality guarantee systems, namely organic and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), provide a certifiable and traceable system for high quality, sustainable products. Moreover, knowledge sharing and dissemination for these production systems can trigger the adoption of newly introduced techniques and help farmers access markets for high value products. In Uzbekistan, a lack of legislation, institutional framework, data and knowledge hindered the sound and rapid development of these guarantee systems. Therefore, this project aimed to increase rural and food security by increasing crop productivity and improving the competitiveness of domestic products and production of value-added products for export markets.
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    Support for Boosting Intra-African Trade in Agricultural Commodities and Services to Advance the Implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) - TCP/RAF/3708 2022
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    African Heads of State and Government, through the 2014 Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods (Malabo Declaration), have made a clear commitment on Boosting Intra African Trade ( in agricultural commodities and services This commitment includes harnessing market and trade opportunities locally, regionally and internationally by creating and enhancing policies, institutional conditions and support systems and tripling intra African trade in agricultural commodities and services by 2025 The 2017 Inaugural Biennial Review Report of the African Union Commission on the Implementation of the Malabo Declaration found that only three of the 29 Members reporting on the commitment to BIAT in agricultural commodities and services were on track to meet the commitment by 2025 Meeting this commitment on time requires building capacity to address policy, technical and investment constraints and minimize domestic food price volatility Despite the impressive gross domestic product ( growth rates experienced on the continent in recent years, Africa has remained a marginal player in both domestic and world trade The share of intra African merchandise exports in 2017 was around 19 6 percent of total exports (by value) The relatively low performance of intra African trade in agricultural commodities is of particular concern In the face of abundant unexploited suitable resources for agriculture, the continent depends on extra African sources for more than 80 percent of imports of food and agricultural products As a result, Africa faces a food and agricultural import bill growing at a yearly average of 3 6 percent, reaching USD 72 7 billion in 2017 To take advantage of fast growing intra African market opportunities, African agriculture must undergo a structural transformation that entails shifting from highly diversified and subsistence oriented production systems towards more market oriented ones This requires both a bold shift in policy and substantial investment to overcome the severe under capitalization, as well as low productivity and competitiveness of the sector In order to tackle the constraints on national and regional food marketing and trade, there is a need to face up to two broad categories of challenges The first set of challenges concerns prioritizing and filling the deficit in hard and soft market and trade infrastructure The second set of challenges requires tackling the policy and institutional deficiencies to strengthen intra regional and inter regional market integration and trade facilitation.
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    Promoting economic growth and social stability in vulnerable agricultural communities in the Tubas governorate 2019
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    The rationale of the project is to strengthen farmer producers’ associations and to expand and intensify agriculture production, in order to increase opportunities for decent employment and promote social stability in the Tubas area. Social instability in Tubas governorate has been a consequence of limited and untapped potential in the area due to restrictions on access to and use of land and water resources, coupled with limited access to agricultural service and markets, especially at the post-harvest stage. Through a preliminary assessment conducted in consultation with the local communities, several challenges were identified as constraints to realization of the full development potential of this area. Among these challenges, particularly important are the limited operational and technical capacities of producers’ associations to sustain the modernization of the production and post-harvest practices. This is coupled with limited capacities for managing other constraints related to ownership fragmentation and market access. Given the untapped potential of these producers’ associations, their role in improving the economic and social stability of small-scale producers is still very limited. Limited access to effective services and weak capacities are constraining the ability of farmers in the area to optimize their productive potential. More specifically, this limits their ability to improve and diversify their production, utilize value-adding post-harvest and processing services, and access more profitable and sustainable markets. Addressing these issues would encourage further investments and generate employment opportunities.

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