UNESCO supporting rural inhabitants in Karakalpakstan
From 27 February to 1 March 2013, UNESCO organized three training seminars for farmers in Southern Karakalpakstan to build their capacities in growing cash crops in specific conditions of the Aral Sea Basin.
100 farmers, specialists and rural inhabitants from three regions of the Republic of Karakalpakstan - Beruniy, Ellikkala and Turtkul districts participated in these trainings.
The training wasconducted by KRASS (Khorezm Rural Advisory Support Serviceestablished in the framework of the ZEF project) in cooperation with the UNESCO Tashkent office in the framework of the UN Joint Programme on “Sustaining livelihoods affected by the Aral Sea disaster”.
The overall training programme was based on research conducted in the Aral Sea region by the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, in collaboration with the science sector of UNESCO and the State University of Urgench in Khorezm, sponsored mainly by the Federal Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF) of Germany. It concerned innovations, cash crops, modern technology of growing crops on degraded and marginal lands, and efficient water management.
During the seminars in each district extension specialists of KRASS and the Urgench State University introduced the following topics related to research work done during 10 years and the successful experience in the field of: Agricultural Innovations, New Cash Crops, Modern Technology of Growing Crops on degraded and marginal lands, Efficient Water Management.These trainingsprovided the farmers an overview of the various crops available and helped to build their capacities in the most efficient ways to grow them.Participants become familiar with the available information materials on growing crops and acquired a better understanding of the kind of support services the extension centers can provide them. In addition, participants received several publications (in the Uzbek and Russian languages) on research summaries by the ZEF/UNESCO project “Economic and Ecological Restructuring of Land- and Water Use in the Khorezm Region”:
The overall goalof these trainings was to promotean integrated concept for restructuring land and water use. UNESCO helps develop options for a sound and sustainable use of natural resources that would be acceptable to farmers, who depend on these resources for the livelihoods, to decision-makers, and to those concerned about the environment.
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