About the Project
The Agribusiness Development Activity (ADA) is funded by USAID and lead by Chemonics, to whom the Borlaug Institute is a subcontractor on this project. The ADA aims to improve the agribusiness sector in Uzbekistan. The ADA will use a market systems development approach to:
- (1) increase the competitiveness of value chain actors by introducing new value added technologies and management practices in the production, postharvest handling, processing, and marketing of targeted agricultural commodities;
- (2) empower vulnerable populations, particularly women and youth, with the skills and knowledge to secure skilled positions within value chain enterprises and launch their own agribusinesses;
- (3) link academia with the private sector to improve curricula and target academic research to meet the needs of agribusinesses;
- (4) strengthen and diversify private and public sector agricultural extension services; and
- (5) design and improve policies to promote the growth and development of Uzbekistan’s agricultural sector by assisting the Ministry of Agriculture in enhancing business processes.
The Activity’s four main objectives are:
- (Objective 1) Increased Value-Added Production Within Uzbekistan;
- (Objective 2) Improved Opportunities and Outcomes for Vulnerable Populations;
- (Objective 3) Built and Deepened Linkages Between Educational and Research Institutions with Private Sector Demand; and
- (Objective 4) Fostered Enabling Environment for agriculture market systems.