Thanks to the FAO Regional initiative on agrarian structures in Europe and Central Asia, this year a team of FAO experts will work in GBAO to form and strengthen the Livestock Producers Group. Our ultimate goal is to build a cluster of producers of value-added, food safety-complient branded products (focus on yak meat and young lamb) in the remote uplands of Tajikistan.
Building on successful experience of the Andean communities, we would like to test some antiques crops like Amaranth (Amaranthus caudatus), Andean Lupin (Lupinus mutabilis), Navajo Beans, and Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa) in Gorno-Badakhshan. Come back later to check on the results!
Our team has been preparing this project throughout the last two years, consulting various (if not all) development partners in Tajikistan, organizing missions to project area, and participatory planning during the rural investment workshop in Dushanbe in December 2009.
The project proposal is now undergoing the JSDF selection process and we hope to be able to share with you good news sometimes soon.
We are now wrapping up the preparation mission findings and preparing the grant application for submission to the Japan Social Development Fund.
Cashmere-type goats in the Eastern Pamirs
Goats, Murghab district
Three types of goat fleece were identified:
We open the discussion on what type of goats it belongs to (pridonskaya, cashgora, cashmere goat)
Following the request by the Government of Tajikistan and supported by the Embassy of Japan in Dushanbe, FAO’s Investment Centre has fielded a preparation mission of the “Eastern Pamirs Communities Support Project” (EPCSP). A team of specialists arrived to Tajikistan on 29 September is worked in Dushanbe and Murghab district until 11 October 2010. During the mission we met with the Ministry of Agriculture (in Dushanbe and Khorog), PALM project, ACTED, AKF, IFAD, ICARDA, Operation Murcy, GTZ, Asian Development Bank and the World Bank.