January-May migrant remittances up 39.5 percent from previous year in Kyrgyzstan
(June 28) The chairman of Kyrgyzstan’s national bank reported that the net inflow of migrant remittances increased by 39.5 percent from January to May 2017 compared to the same period in 2016. In addition, the national currency has remained stable, strengthening 0.9 percent against the dollar since January 1. – 24.kg
Uzbekistan to supply fresh produce to Novosibirsk
(June 30) A wholesale and retail complex featuring Uzbek horticultural products is set to open in Novosibirsk, Russia in August. The estimated one billion-ruble (approximately $16.6 million) complex will be the result of an agreement between the governments of Uzbekistan and the Novosibirsk region and is part of a larger push to supply Uzbek fruits and vegetables in Siberia. – Fresh Plaza
Turkey contributes additional $10 million to support FAO's work in Central Asia and the Caucasus
(July 3) Turkey announced that it will contribute an additional $10 million toward FAO’s projects improving food security, rural development, and natural resource management in Central Asia and the Caucasus. This will represent the second phase (from 2017 until 2020) of the FAO-Turkey Partnership Programme, which was originally launched in 2009 with $10 million from Turkey. The second phase will cover activities in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey, and Uzbekistan. Turkey is also allocating another $10 million to the FAO-Turkey Forestry Programme, bringing its total contribution to $30 million and making it one of the largest non-EU donors for FAO activities in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. – ReliefWeb
Analysis & Other Information
Afghanistan to export goods to Europe via Turkmenistan, Caucasus, Turkey
(July 3) Afghanistan’s finance ministry announced that Afghan traders will soon be able to export their products to Europe following an agreement signed by Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey. The article does not specify what products will be exported to European markets. – Times of Central Asia
Uzbekistan a key link on the China-Central Asia-Europe transit corridor
(July 4) The State Committee for Investments of Uzbekistan hosted a roundtable discussion of national government officials on transportation and logistics issues. Participants at the forum regarded ongoing Eurasian logistics projects as an incentive to develop Uzbekistan’s own infrastructure. – Times of Central Asia
Publications & Reports
Glacial lake inventory and lake outburst potential in Uzbekistan
Petrov, T. Sabitov, I. Tomashevskaya, G. Glazirin, S. Chernomorets, E. Savernyuk, O. Tutubalina, D. Petrakov, L. Sokolov, M. Dokukin, G. Mountrakis, V. Ruiz-Villanueva, M. Stoffel (2017). Science of the Total Environment, 592.
Governance in Tajikistan: Evaluation of the women smallholder farmer advocacy campaign
Westrope, A. Ozerdem (2017). Oxfam evaluation report.
Kyrgyz Republic economic update, Spring 2017: A resilient economy on a slow growth trajectory
World Bank Group (2017).
Macroeconomic and political determinants of resource nationalism
Li, T. Adachi (2017). Geo-Resources Environment and Engineering, 2.
Management and modeling of processing of agricultural products in Kazakhstan
Smagulova, M. Akhmetova (2017). International Journal of Health and Medicine, 2(2).
Results of epidemiological studies on the prevalence of iodine deficiency disorders in the republic of Uzbekistan
S. Ismailov, M. Rashitov (2017). International Journal of Endocrinology, 13(3). In Russian.
Events & Calls for Papers
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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