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Thematic Area:

Rural & Smart Agri-finance Development

Duration:            

2014 – 2019

Client:                

European Union (EU)

Region:             

Turkey, Caucasus & Central Asia

Country Coverage:           

Tajikistan

Project Overview

The EU, in close cooperation with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), designed the “Enhanced Competitiveness of Tajik Agribusiness Project” (ECTAP) to develop Tajik agri-food value chains, increase the competitiveness of agri-food enterprises and improve their quality and product marketing. The Frankfurt School team provided support to the Tajik agricultural sector from farm to fork, covering food production, processing and consumption processes. Integrated in this approach were the primary objectives of enhancing environmental, economic, social and nutritional health and extending support to women in particular.

© 2019 ECTAP.org

© 2019 ECTAP.org

Frankfurt School implemented the ECTAP Project and worked intensively with stakeholders across six value chains: beef and dairy, vegetables, fruits, honey, poultry and goats. Highlighted achievements include:

  • Selected crop and livestock yields increased by 25%, which was achieved by:

i) Capacity building of more than 1,697 farmers (inseminators, extension service providers and veterinarians benefitted from the capacity building efforts);

ii) Establishing five demonstration plots with live demos and trainings;

  • Business development services and capacity building of more than 50 suppliers (including suppliers of agricultural machinery, poultry equipment, processing and other post-harvest equipment, feed equipment and suppliers of pedigree cattle);
  • Development of 10 business plans for Tajik agribusinesses and further capacity building of more than 260 investors and agribusinesses;
  • Food safety trainings to agribusinesses and support in their preparations to obtain food safety certification;
  • Supporting the Tajik financial sector to provide investment loans to farmers and agribusinesses where more than 630 employees of Partner Financial Institutions (PFIs) have been trained and an investment incentive system was established;
  • Training more than 500 food safety laboratory staff on product testing and the operation of laboratory equipment; and,
  • Supporting the marketing and branding efforts of agribusinesses, designing product packaging, logo design and marketing materials.

Learn more about the project from its official website - www.ectap.org/.

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