Support for Further Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development in Turkmenistan

Overall Objective of SARD III:

To support the Government of Turkmenistan (GoT) in the achievement of national sector objectives for sustainable agriculture, rural development and institutional support to the rural agri/sector.

Specific Objectives of SARD III:

1. To increase the productivity and competitiveness of the agro-food sectorthrough activities aimed to improve agro-food production and marketing

2. To strenthen the capacity of supporting Turkmen agricultural institutions in fulfilling their roles in achieviing this objective

Expected results, the Project is split into 4 pillars

Pillar A Improved production at primary, processing and market operative levels A.1

Linked added processing increasing incomes

Improved value chain operation

Providing viable investment opportunities

A.2 Information available to VC stakeholders

Pillar B Improved regional trading links across Central Asia & beyond

Support to promotional activities.

VC capacity building training, study tours etc.

HVA markets identified and developed

Pillar C Food Quality & Safety to International Standards

Processing marketing branding planning and policy arising from stakeholder consultation

Application of Food Health & Safety measures supporting export development

Pillar D Improved Capacity of GoT, Support Institutions and Value Chain Stakeholders

D.1 Stakeholder capacity to drive sectoral development in line with GoT policy

D.2 GoT support market development

D.3 Efficient water use in production of agri-food

Planned Activities:

Pillar A – Private Sector Development

A.1.1 Formulate product reports for milk, meat, poultry, fruit and vegetable products

A.1.2 Discuss with key stakeholders how findings can be followed at primary level

A.1.3 Formulate action plans to address weaknesses in the agricultural value chain

A.1.4 Agree activities with stakeholders

A.1.5 Identify financial resources for VC pilots

A.1.6 Monitor progress and adjust as needed

A.2.1 Engage with UoIE to establish technical & market information service for VC’s

A.2.2 Establish an effective representative group in product & stakeholder sectors of VC’s collate feedback from VC stakeholders

A.2.3 Disseminate to stakeholders technical market information bulletins newsletters

Pillar B–Market Linkage Development (Export)

B.1 Identify, select primary products (HVA)

B.2Identify potential export markets for VC’s

B.3 Support missions (B2B) trips to develop export possibilities for Turkmen agri-products

B.4Formulate consulted action plan for exports

B.5 Support and mentor enterprises to formulate feasible business and marketing plans

B.6 Develop export guidebooks for VC’s

Pillar C – Food Safety

C.1 Produce food safety report recommendations

C.2 Provide FS support to selected pilots

C.3 Engage with related initiatives and groups (UoIE TM TC 06) developing synergy

C.4 Support UoIE efforts to build food safety consultancy and certification framework

C.5 Support formation of food products laboratory testing framework including ISO 17025

C.6 Assist international harmonization of Turkmen food safety regulations & standards

C.7 Support to GS1 Turkmenistan to establish traceability system

Pillar D – Capacity Building – VC Operators

D.1.1 Identify VC’s support institutions and personnel and GoT

D.1.2 Discuss and consult CB proposals that meets consulted and agreed requirements

D 1.3 Action plan for tailored capacity building

D.1.4 Implement monitor and adapt

Decision – Makers

D.2.1 Review current policy making capacity in relevant policymakers and stakeholders

D.2.2 Agree with PSC program to help prioritiseareas of and agricultural VC development

D.2.3 Establish TWG’s to develop responses to meet new & anticipated circumstances

D.2.4 Support exchange programs for policy makers and stakeholders

Water Users & operators

D.3.1 Identification of Stakeholders

D.3.2 Review of water users issues in VCR

D.3.3 Review current overall usage situation

D.3.4 Establish TWG irrigation consultative subgroup implement CB program

D.3.5 Engage with other related initiatives with a view to developing synergies

Who is Involved:

Ministry of Agriculture and Water Economy (Main counterpart)

State Food Industry Association

Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs

Institute of Strategic Planning and Economic Development

Agricultural University

Primary Producers

Food Processors

Market Operators

Supporting(in line with government policy):

Market led Agri-Business Development

Rural Development

Private Sector Development

Targeted Study Tours to relevant sites (in line with ToRs)

Agreed and consulted Training and Capacity Building Program

Day to day engagement and working with relevant stakeholders.