Representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Tashkent State Agrarian University and the FAO Country Office in Uzbekistan took part in a regional workshop in Baku (Republic of Azerbaijan) on the results and success of recently implemented projects of the FAO – Türkiye Partnership Programs.
The workshop participants consisted of high-level representatives of relevant institutions in the countries of the subregion involved in the projects. Uzbekistan is involved in 8 regional projects of FAO – Türkiye Partnership Programs.
“We very much appreciate the ongoing FTPP projects that enhance food security and decrease rural poverty and vulnerability. Uzbekistan has excellent political and economic bilateral relations with all the beneficiaries of the FTPP. We recognize FTPP as an excellent platform to share the experience, organizing capacity building opportunities, data and technology exchange” Ramin Gasanov, Director of the Department of Monitoring IFI’s and Grant Projects of the Ministry of Agriculture of Uzbekistan said.
The workshop included various panel discussions on good practices highlighting project success with a focus on gender and rural development as well as on the future of the FTPP. During the panel session Sherzod Umarov, Assistant FAO Representative in Uzbekistan shared experience of successful implementation of the FTPP projects in Uzbekistan and took part in discussions on the relationship between FAO’s four betters concept and innovations in production, nutrition, environment, and life.
“All the FTPP projects are aligned with the FAO – Uzbekistan Country Programming Framework 2021-2025 and the country’s national priorities addressed in the respective sub-sectors to achieve sustainable agriculture development and food security. In this regard, the FAO Country Office in Uzbekistan is doing its best to contribute to this dynamic collaborative process by assisting in setting national priorities and ensuring well-aligned implementation of the FTPP strategies together with national partners and other stakeholders”, Sherzod Umarov said.
The last panel was dedicated to the communication and visibility activities of the FTPP, during which a presentation was made on the activities carried out in Uzbekistan to raise public awareness about the achievements of the FAO – Türkiye Partnership Programs.
All participants of the Regional Workshop agreed that the resulting regional collaboration and synergies enable the FTPP to function as a powerful support mechanism for achieving the SDGs, in particular No Poverty and Zero Hunger.
Building on Türkiye’s long-lasting partnership with FAO, the FAO – Türkiye Partnership Programs have had a transformative impact on agriculture, food and natural resources management, notably in beneficiary countries – in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Türkiye, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Currently, the FTPP consists of two modules: the FAO – Türkiye Partnership Program on Food and Agriculture (FTPP II) and the FAO – Türkiye Forestry Partnership Program (FTFP). FTPP II and FTFP together comprise 20 projects covering a wide array of topics including but not limited to fisheries, forestry, food security, food safety, food loss and waste, and rural women.