The USAID Agricultural Linkages Plus Project (AgLinks Plus) and its partners are leading efforts to transform the Uzbekistan fruit tree sector. Working with Uzbek researchers, commercial nurseries, and farmers, this public-private partnership is helping to turn Uzbekistan’s fruit orchards into man-made oases.
The USAID Agricultural Linkages Plus Project (AgLinks Plus) initiated a visitor exchange program in collaboration with the International House at Davis (University of California). Under the Uzbek Horticulture Exchange Program, 38 public and private sector project leaders have participated in four seasonal trips to California. Each exchange, timed to coincide with the Uzbek and California cropping seasons, focused on a specific theme: pruning and trellising fruit trees and grapes, best nursery practices, best cold storage practices, and grape and raisin production best practices.
The USAID Agricultural Linkages Plus Project (AgLinks Plus) sponsors a series of variety competitions after each agricultural cropping season.
In rural and farming communities, word of mouth is the most viral and meaningful means of information dissemination—even more so than Facebook! Farmers are as curious and competitive as they are cautious; they are always interested in what crops their neighbors are growing, what approaches they use, and, most importantly, what results they achieve.
FAYZ WOODGROUP is an Uzbek wood processing company that saws, trims, and dries hardwood, plywood, and parquet flooring. As a result of USAID’s assistance, FAYZ increased its export capacity and sales and became one of the Central Asian local suppliers to the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) in Afghanistan.
Samarkand, Uzbekistan is the heart of the ancient Silk Road. For centuries, people from across Asia have passed through this rich cultural area to exchange goods and share news. Now, health leaders are reaching deep into this community to trade ideas about how to stop the spread of TB. In a rural health clinic outside of the city, Dr. Dilshoda Buranova is leading a team of health care workers from around the region to coordinate the treatment and follow-up of TB patients.
In Uzbekistan over 20,000 people are diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) annually. Without proper diagnosis and treatment, these patients not only fail to get better but may also infect others in their communities. Ensuring that lab technicians are correctly reading TB tests is one of the vitally important pieces needed to protect the public from TB.
USAID has been working with the government of Uzbekistan since 2000 to implement a complex set of activities to improve both the diagnosis and the quality of TB laboratory services in the country.
The number of cases of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (TB) – a difficult to treat strain of TB – continues to increase in Uzbekistan, with the country having the highest rates of drug-resistant TB in the region. To counter this alarming trend, the USAID Quality Health Care Project and Uzbekistan’s Republican TB Center are working with community nurses to strengthen their communication and counseling skills in order to encourage patients with regular TB to finish treatment in order to prevent the development of multi-drug resistant TB.
In her early life, Asya Butahodzhaeva was the pupil. Born and raised in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Asya studied, graduated from medical school and, after working in a psychiatric hospital for a few years, she started working as a nurse in the capital’s first TB hospital in the 1970s.
USAID’s Community Connections program and AgLinks Project collaborated on a three-week training program on contemporary agro-technology in fruit cultivation in California during summer 2010. The Uzbek “community” consisted of 10 people from Uzbekistan’s Ferghana Valley, including farmers, public sector agricultural professionals, food safety professionals, agricultural research institute managers and researchers, plus private sector actors in fruit processing.