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Uniting efforts to create sustainable food systems in Uzbekistan
17:26 / 2021-06-30

The UN Mission in Uzbekistan and the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Uzbekistan held national and subnational dialogues to mobilize support and response on the eve of the UN Food Systems Summit, initiated by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres.

With the support of the Ministry of Agriculture, the Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO), the UNDP, FAO acted as national coordinators of four key dialogues. The first national dialogue was held in Tashkent on May 26, 2021. Two subsequent subnational dialogues were held on June 9 in Nukus and on June 17 in Namangan. The final, fourth dialogue completed its work on June 29, 2021, in Tashkent.

Challenges and opportunities that the triple planetary crisis brings to food systems were discussed within the framework of the national and sub-national dialogues in Uzbekistan.

As it was noted, dialogues provide an inclusive and supportive platform for discussions, reaching consensus and making common commitments. The dialogues build trust and increase motivation to take responsibility and commitments.

In the final dialogue, international donor organizations in Uzbekistan, including the EU, JICA and the USAID confirmed their commitment to continue supporting the development of the agriculture and food industry in Uzbekistan.

USAID will introduce innovative business management methods and co-finance new technologies to support farmers and agribusiness in the production and increase the cost of safe, high-quality and environmentally friendly agricultural products.

JICA intends to start developing innovative climate-resistant technologies for monitoring the control of water use efficiency and crop yields in the Aral Sea region.

Nazokat Usmanova, UzA