Irrigation Innovation in Tajikistan
Tajikistan combined irrigation system repairs with agriculture policy reforms to increase food security and farm productivity.
Poor irrigation infrastructure has kept Tajikistan's farm productivity low, contributing to rural poverty in a country heavily dependent on agriculture. Agriculture employs 67% of Tajikistan's people and contributes 20% to gross domestic product.
Along with poor rural-urban connectivity and limited community resilience to climate-induced shocks, poor irrigation has also made the central Asian country vulnerable to food insecurity.
To improve agricultural productivity and food security, Tajikistan needed to put in place structural reforms to increase incentives for farmers and to invest in rural infrastructure that had been destroyed by years of neglect and the five-year civil war that ended in 1997.
- December 2004: Approval
- August 2011: Closing
- US$ 28.67 million: Project Cost
- US$ 23.24 million (SDR 15,146,000): ADB Loan
Tajikistan, Agriculture and natural resources, Water
Last updated: December 2016
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