|Title:||Tajikistan - Community-based Agricultural Support Project (CASP) - May 2022|
Large apple and pear orchards and vegetable gardens, as well as wild-growing plants thrive in the cool mountainous environment surrounding Nimich Village located in Tajikistan’s central Rasht Valley. But many fruits and vegetables are lost every year due to a lack of storage and processing facilities. With equipment and supplies provided by the project, the Nimich Village Organization established a group of 14 women to dry and preserve fruits and vegetables, canning more than 1,400 jars of produce during their first year (700 1-liter jars and 700 2-liter jars of fruit, compote, jams and vegetables). As a result, produce is no longer wasted, and the women now have seasonal employment, are earning money and ensuring household food security.
“During the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown periods, people had plenty of canned fruits and vegetables to eat.” (VO Head)
The Community-based Agricultural Support Project (CASP) is building on the significant achievements of the earlier Livestock and Pasture Development Project to stimulate inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction in rural Tajikistan. Since 2018, the CASP has provided benefits to more than 51,000 households in 177 rural villages in Khatlon Oblast, Soghd and Republican Subordination Regions. Its activities are helping communities and smallholder (dehkan) farmers access productive infrastructure and services, leading to sustainable agricultural production, equitable income-generating opportunities and improved living standards.
The CASP works with Village Organizations (VOs) to develop community-driven action plans that define their own improvement initiatives. Village-level participation in decision making is critical to the success of these plans and helps establish a sense of community ownership and cohesion.
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