From September 12-23, 2016, Westminster International University in Tashkent (WIUT) and International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) will organize a Regional Training Course (Summer School) on Applied Econometric Analysis. The aim of the Summer School is to strengthen the capacity of young economists in Central Asia, specifically those of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, for quantitative research, economic policy analysis, and, in particular, for econometric analysis of socioeconomic phenomena in the context of economics and related social sciences.
(AKIpress, 25 June 2016) Tajikistan’s first hypermarket opened in the country’s capital, Dushanbe, providing its customers with high-quality produce, greater choice and western standards of hygiene and logistics. Tajik President Emomali Rahmon inaugurated the 5,000 m2 Auchan hypermarket, which has the support of financing from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The discount hypermarket will be operated by Schiever Tajikistan, a subsidiary of the French Schiever Group, which holds the Auchan franchise in the mountainous country of eight million people in Central Asia, on the border with Afghanistan and China.
The Asian Society of Agricultural Economists (ASAE) invites students, policymakers, and professionals from development agencies and private industry to participate in the 9th ASAE International Conference in Bangkok, Thailand on January 11-13, 2017. The Conference Program Committee is calling for papers that address various development issues and challenges related to transforming Asian agriculture and food economy along the following themes:
(24 News Agency, 10 Jun 2016) Trend of prices and tariffs reduction preserves in Kyrgyzstan, Head of Summary Estimation and Dissemination of Statistical Information Department Chinara Turdubaeva said today at a press conference. According to her, for five months prices have decreased by 1.8 percent in the country. In May, the cost of food and non-alcoholic beverages decreased by 5.2 percent, while alcoholic beverages and tobacco products, by contrast, rose by 2.5 percent, services - 1.6 percent. [Read more...]
(24 News Agency, 20 May 2016) Processors of agricultural products ask the government to help them with concessional loans. Appeal of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Kyrgyz Republic to the head of the Cabinet Sooronbay Jeenbekov says. The document notes that in recent years the government provides soft loans at 7-10 percent per annum for the development of the agricultural sector. It helped to increase the volumes of production and export of agricultural products. However, the value chain is needed for the stable development of country's economy. [Read more...]
(24 News Agency, 6 May 2016) Kazakhstan introduced a ban on the import of potatoes from Kyrgyzstan according to the official website of the Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan. Imports of potatoes from Kyrgyzstan, infected with golden nematode, became more frequent recently. Since the beginning of 2016, there have been revealed 79 cases and prevented the import of more than 1 thousand tons of the infected tubers. "Nematode is highly harmful. [Read more...]
IFPRI CA News Digest
Apr 5, 2016 – Apr 11, 2016
(24 News Agency, 11 Apr 2016) The price for petroleum products is growing in Kyrgyzstan. Oil Traders' Association reported.
According to it, cost of gasoline AI 80, AI 92 and diesel fuel grew by one som from April 11 in all regions of the country. AI 95 gasoline rose in price by 0.5 soms. This is connected with 10-15 percent increase in wholesale prices at Russian refineries.
It should be noted that in April fuel prices will expectedly grow by other 7-10 percent.
Written by Yifei Liu and Yifei Liu and Saima Zaman
A one-day conference on Agriculture and Food Systems, Climate Change and Nutrition in CIS countries featuring the Global Nutrition Report 2015 was held at Lomonosov Moscow State University in Moscow on February 11. The conference brought together about 80 participants from universities, governments and international development agencies in the Central Asia region. The discussion highlighted the linkages between climate change, agriculture, food systems, social safety nets, and nutrition outcomes. [Read more...]
Written by Jarilkasin Ilyasov
The International Forum on Eurasian Food Security (Agriculture and Nutrition) Network and Eurasian Coil Partnership was held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan from 29 February - 2 March 2016. The conference was jointly organized by the Eurasian Center for Food Security (ECFS), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Bank, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Global Forum for Agricultural Research (GFAR) to discuss and analyze current trends in food security, its governance and strategy for development in the Eurasian region. [Read more...]
ADB President Takehiko Nakao today met India’s Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, and praised India’s strong economic performance in the face of weak global growth and turmoil in commodity and financial markets. Originally published on 03/11/2016. Please click the following URL for more info: http://www.adb.org/news/adb-president-says-india-remain-fastest-growing-large-economy-2016
ADB President Takehiko Nakao today met with Nepal’s Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli and Finance Minister Bishnu Prasad Paudel to discuss Nepal’s economic recovery and social development after the earthquakes in 2015. Originally published on 02/25/2016. Please click the following URL for more info: http://www.adb.org/news/faster-public-investment-crucial-nepal-s-recovery-adb-president
The International Conference on Eurasian Food Security and Nutrition Network and Eurasian Soil Partnership will be held on February 29 - March 2, 2016 in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic and is jointly organized by the Eurasian Center for Food Security (ECFS), FAO, the World Bank, IFPRI, and GFAR.
The conference presents the opportunity to discuss and analyze current trends in food security management in the Eurasian region; generate discussion about best and most effective practices to promote and expand multi- and cross-sectoral collaboration on a country, regional and global level; and offer the floor for the Eurasian Soil Partnership Plenary meeting.
(AkiPress, 22 Feb 2016) "China has expressed his willingness to buy Kazakh organic agricultural products and we just need to embrace the opportunity," First Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev has said at the extended board meeting of the Ministry of Agriculture. “They are focusing their business and people on Kazakhstan. We only need to embrace the moment. [Read more...]
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(24 News Agency, 16 Feb 2016) "The effect of Kyrgyzstan's accession to the Eurasian Economic Union turned out to be blurry," Deputy Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Oleg Pankratov said at today's press conference. According to him, six months after the entry into EEU is too little to talk about the significant economic results. However, the government is already ready to sum up the first results and to tell about the effect of this move on the economy.
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(Asia-Plus, 01 Feb 2016) As farmers increasingly plant modern varieties of wheat, traditional wheat landraces are in decline. Yet the genetic diversity found in these hardy traditional varieties could be crucial for the future of wheat production. [Read more...]
Shabab Murshid Development Foundation (SMDF), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and Asian Development Bank (ADB) organized a Policy Seminar titled “Innovative Financing for Agriculture and Food Value Chains in Bangladesh” in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on July 27, 2015. The objective of the policy seminar was to present the current status of agricultural financing in Bangladesh, and discuss policy recommendations of financing in transforming potato value chain in the country.
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Agriculture & Food Systems, Climate Change and Nutrition in CIS Countries featuring the Global Nutrition Report 2015 Conference to be held on 11 Feb 2016 at the Eurasian Center Food Security (ECFS) in Moscow, Russia. The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the Eurasian Center for Food Security (ECFS) and the World Bank are organizing a conference on the linkages between climate change, agriculture, food systems, social safety net and nutrition outcomes at the Lomonosov Moscow State University in Moscow, Russia. [Read more...]
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(The Diplomat, 04 Jan 2016) Since May, a World Bank project–Listening2Tajikistan–has been calling a selection of Tajik households at regular intervals and conducting a survey aimed at gathering information regarding the impact of the country’s economic slowdown in several areas. As has often been discussed here, a secondary effect of Russia’s economic downturn–a product of low oil prices and sanctions–has been a drop in remittances across Central Asia. Tajikistan relies heavily on remittances and is Central Asia’s poorest state, therefore concerns were high that remittances would fall and workers would return to a country that didn’t have job for them. [Read more...]
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the Eurasian Center for Food Security (ECFS) and the World Bank are organizing a conference on the linkages between climate change, agriculture, food systems, social safety net and nutrition outcomes at the Lomonosov Moscow State University in Moscow, Russia. It will bring together various stakeholders from the research, government, and donor communities to exchange and review knowledge, ongoing research efforts, identify gaps for improvement and future research in the region. The objective of the event is to help raise awareness about the importance of nutrition and to make development in the region more nutrition sensitive.