Climate resilient livelihoods of horticultural producers in Fergana Valley in Uzbekistan

Climate resilient livelihoods of horticultural producers in Fergana Valley in Uzbekistan

Project Summary

Adaptation is a high priority for the country as the warming trends observed are twice as fast as the global average and result in water stress, increasing climate aridity, and more frequent extreme weather events. This poses serious challenges to human security, including economic, food and environmental risks, and calls for urgent, people-centred, prevention-oriented responses focused on marginalized groups. Agriculture, which is an important sector for rural employment, is climate-sensitive and vulnerable.

The project will orientate the agro-meteorological information services towards the vulnerable agricultural communities in the Fergana Valley employed horticultural sector. It will address their needs by improving observation, forecasting and extension services for climate-resilient production of fruit and vegetables, and introduce greater knowledge about climate variability into horticultural planning.

Expected results:

The project implementation is planned to impact 1,450 direct and 9,876,000 indirect beneficiaries:

  • Output 1: The project is expected to increase climate resilience of horticultural production of 300 direct project beneficiaries - rural households and small/medium-size agricultural businesses (gender and youth sensitive) who will have access to evidence-based information/recommendations from 10 small and inexpensive agro-meteo stations installed in target districts.
  • Output 2: While installation of 15 automated agrometeo stations/posts in 40 districts of 3 provinces in Fergana Valley, will indirectly strengthen livelihoods and food security of 9,876,000 people (incl. women and youth) living in this region.
  • Output 3: 1.4 mln dehkans and farmers (3% of Uzbekistan’s rural population) will indirectly benefit from climate forecast and early warnings will be generated by the modernized agro-meteo observation network of the Fergana Valley, which is an integrated part of the national agro-meteo network.
  • Output 4: Other direct beneficiaries of the project will be 150 staff of Uzhydromet and 100 experts of other institutions responsible for provision of agro-meteo information/services and climate-resilient agriculture related recommendations who will be trained and improve their operational capacities through partnerships with the advanced meteorological agencies, producers of agro-meteorological observation equipment/software, and transfer of best practices/expertise on weather forecasting and early warning systems.