Agricultural Extension and Dissemination Strategies in Uzbekistan: An overview of issues and evidences

Title of task:

Agricultural Extension and Dissemination Strategies in Uzbekistan: An overview of issues and evidences

Country: Uzbekistan

Location within country: All provinces

Name of client:

Swiss Development and Cooperation (SDC) International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Central Asia

Implementation period(month/year):

June, 2008 - August, 2008

Name of senior professional staff of your firm involved and functions performed (indicate most significant profiles such as Project Director/Coordinator, Team Leader):

Azim Nazarov – Agricultural Extension Specialist Shukhrat Abdulazizov – Economist Ulugbek Islamov – Institutional Specialist

Project description:

International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is one of the implementing partners for Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) initiative on Integrated Water Resources Management in Ferghana Valley (IWRM) project in Central Asia. IWRM Project has been focused on creation of the institutional and organizational preconditions for a transparent, reliable, crop demand oriented water allocation and delivery to the farm gate or to the plot level, implying a change from a top down, territorial to a demand oriented water allocation system along hydro-graphic principles. The Water Productivity Improvement (WPI) project at plot level is a part of IWRM Ferghana Valley initiative with objective to assist farmers in the adoption of innovative water saving techniques, improved irrigation schedules and economically feasible cropping patterns. WPI project contracted NBT to conduct a study of existing agricultural extension strategies in Uzbekistan as a part of project.