The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has marked the successful completion of the USAID Agricultural Value Chain activity at a virtual event. The U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan Daniel Rosenblum and Uzbekistan’s Minister of Agriculture Jamshid Khodjaev, as well as representatives of USAID Uzbekistan and the international donor community participated in the virtual event. The USAID Agricultural Value Chain activity’s long-term private sector and public sector partners also attended the event and celebrated its achievements.
According to the U.S. Embassy in Uzbekistan, during the event, Ambassador Rosenblum stated, “Uzbekistan’s horticultural sector is undoubtedly stronger and more competitive due to USAID’s support over the last five and a half years. With USAID support, Uzbek businesses have introduced new technologies and agricultural practices, made strategic investments, and strengthened business operations. Additionally, Uzbekistan horticultural exports among the program’s partners have increased 250 percent since 2015, and the agricultural incomes of Uzbek farmers have more than doubled.”
Since its launch, the USAID Agricultural Value Chain activity has worked with public and private sector partners to promote high-value-added commercial horticulture in Uzbekistan. The program supported 510 organizations and businesses, including fruit and vegetable producers, processors, cold store owners, and exporters along the value chain by linking domestic partners to strengthen supply chains and linking exporters to foreign buyers to reach new markets. Through the program, USAID leveraged $23 million in private sector investment in the agricultural sector, which resulted in improved agricultural practices over 11.4 percent of horticultural land and 55.1 percent producers adopting new practices.
In addition, through staff experts and the 75 new consulting service providers that emerged through the program’s implementation, USAID provided over 100,000 training hours to its partners. These training courses were reinforced with do-it-yourself videos that have been viewed on YouTube over 4 million times.