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  • Community approach to food security and natural resources
    Jun 13, 2018

    The 1992-97 civil war deepened the impacts of the transition to market economy on both rural communities and the protected area system in Tajikistan. The collapse of state infrastructures led to an overutilization of natural resources and the civil war increased the socio-economic hardship and ecological devastation caused by ad hoc processes of de-collectivization by displacing population into these protected areas.

  • Fostering Agroforestry Measures and Sustainable Livelihoods  through Eco-Agriculture Micro-Loans
    Jun 13, 2018

    Managed by the regional microloan foundation (MLF) “Imdodi Rushd” established in 2009 under the Gissar Biodiversity project, the eco-agriculture microloan system has helped rural community members in four target jamoats – namely, Rabot (Tursunzoda city), Sabo (Shahrinav district), Khonakoi Kuhi (Gissar district) and Romit (Vahdat city) – build environmentally sustainable livelihoods. As a non-commercial financial institution, the MFL has so far disbursed microloans on agricultural, SME, livestock and horticulture activities in 66 villages of the target jamoats. As such, the eco-agriculture microloan system is designed to support small individual or group-based projects that both generate income and increase the capacity of the local population to adapt to climate change and climate variability through agro-forestry.

  • New Opportunities through Renewable Energy
    Jun 13, 2018

    The Jamoat Burunov in Vahdat district, to the east of the capital city Dushanbe, suffers from the challenges most rural communities in Tajikistan face: the lack of access to reliable energy. Almost every winter, as a result of its dependence on unreliable electricity imports, the country suffers from an energy crisis. It is estimated that over 1 million people live in rural areas with little or no access to adequate energy supply, which considerably hampers access to health, education and entrepreneurship. Large parts of the rural population are forced to increasingly turn to the burning of conventional biomass and fossil fuels to meet their energy needs.

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