KHATLON, Tajikistan -- The US Agency for International Development (USAID) Wednesday (November 14) launched a new five-year project aimed at developing agriculture in Tajikistan, according to a statement by the US embassy in Dushanbe.
More than 170 representatives of the Khatlon provincial government and the private sector, including local entrepreneurs and traders, attended the official launch of the "Agribusiness Competitiveness Activity" in Bokhtar city.
The USAID-funded project seeks to help Tajik farmers and producers take their business activities to the next level.
The project "will work to enhance the competitiveness of Tajikistan's agricultural sector, especially in dairy and horticulture, to stimulate economic growth, increase employment and improve livelihoods for farmers", according to the embassy.
The project will focus on 12 districts in Khatlon Province.
USAID will help its local business partners to improve efficiency with "better technologies, management practices and market linkages" and make Tajik agribusinesses more competitive in both domestic and international markets.
The new project will build on USAID's Feed the Future, the United States' global poverty initiative.