EU increased wheat imports from Kazakhstan by 27 percent
(July 12) Kazakhstan exported approximately 210,000 tons of wheat to the European Union in the 2016-2017 marketing year, marking a 27 percent increase from 2015-2016. Kazakhstan’s wheat marketing year runs from July to June, according to FAO. – UkrAgoConsulting, FAO
EU to support agriculture development in Uzbekistan
(July 18) The European Union will allocate 21.5 million euros in grants for the modernization and capacity-strengthening of scientific research institutes under the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources of Uzbekistan. The agreement was announced at recent bilateral meetings, the highest level meeting between the two sides since the current Uzbek presidential administration took office in 2016. – New Europe
Uzbekistan to hold its second international fruit and vegetable fair in the fall
(July 17) Uzbekistan will host the second International Fruit and Vegetable Fair this fall. It will be held in a two-stage format consisting of a main event in Tashkent in September and regional events in November. The purpose of the fair will be to showcase the country’s horticultural industry and to encourage business contacts. Uzbek producers signed over $1 billion in contracts with interested buyers at last year’s event. – Times of Central Asia
Analysis & Other Information
ADB: Central Asian countries particularly vulnerable to climate change
(July 14) Unabated climate change will have severe consequences for Asia and the Pacific, according to a new Asian Development Bank report A Region at Risk: The Human Dimensions of Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific. Central Asian countries will face changing precipitation patterns, reduced runoff in major river basins, and increasing temperatures under most prevailing scenarios. Future agricultural productivity will largely depend on the availability of irrigation water, the forecast for which is negative in the long term. Tajikistan’s Afghan border regions could experience an average temperature increase of up to 8°C by the end of the century under one projection. – Asian Development Bank
101 villages in Tajikistan’s Kulyab province have never been connected to electricity
(July 18) According to Davlatnazar Kholov, head of a regional affiliate of the national power company Barki Tojik, 101 small villages in the Kulyab region have never been linked to Tajikistan’s electrical grid. Kholov recounts various proposals and efforts to extend electricity lines to these villages, all of which were ultimately unsuccessful. – Asia Plus
Publications & Reports
A region at risk: the human dimensions of climate change in Asia and the Pacific
Asian Development Bank (2017).
Climate change in the Tianshan and northern Kunlun mountains based on GCM simulation ensemble with Bayesian model averaging
Yang, G. Fang, Y. Chen, P. De-Maeyer (2017). Journal of Arid Land, 9(4), pp. 622-634.
Creating water user associations for improved agricultural productivity in Tajikistan: opportunities and challenges
Balasubramanya, M. Buisson, S. Aslamy, K. MacDonald, P. Saikia, A. Mitra (2016). Conference paper presented at the 2nd World Irrigation Forum in Chiang Mai, Thailand, 6-12 November 2016.
Current status and future prospects of soybean production in Kazakhstan
Makulbekova, A. Iskakov, K. Kulkarni, J. Song, J. Lee (2017). Plant Breeding and Biotechnology, 5(2), pp. 55-66.
Development of agrarian reforms to achieve food independence in Tajikistan
Odinaev, K. Davlatov, M. Nazarov, S. Attoev (2016). Doklady Tadzhikskoi Akademii Sel’skokhozyaistvennykh Nauk, 3, pp. 59-62.
Examining global electricity supply vulnerability to climate change using a high-fidelity hydropower dam model
Turner, J. Ng, S. Galelli (2017). Science of the Total Environment, 590, pp. 663-675.
Labor migration and migrant earnings in Russia
M. Denisenko, Y. Chernina (2017). Voprosy Ekonomiki, 3, pp. 40-57.
Events & Calls for Papers
ANICANET Summer School 2017
Training course. September 25-29, 2017 in Halle, Germany. Organized by Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO). Summer school on quantitative analysis featuring discussion about animal husbandry in Central Asia. Check link for detailed descriptions about program and eligibility. Deadline to register for the course is August 13, 2017.
Annual Eurasian Food Security Conference
Annual Conference. October 3-5, 2017 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Organized by the Eurasian Center for Food Security at Lomonosov Moscow State University (ECFS), World Bank Group, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA). Deadline to register for the conference is September 17, 2017.
Life in Kyrgyzstan
Annual Conference. October 12-13, 2017 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Organized by Institute of Public Policy and Administration of the University of Central Asia (UCA), Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), International Security and Development Center (ISDC), and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Deadline to submit papers is June 15, 2017. Deadline to register is September 15, 2017.
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