The KAED Follow-On Partnership stems from the success of the original KAED (2001-2008) and second KAED (2008 to 2010) partnerships. The original project was implemented to develop the private sector agri-input supply network to serve farmers' needs and help them increase yields and profits. KAED resulted in the dramatic increase in use of improved seed and fertilizer, and the formation of an effective trade association of agri-input dealers. The partnership also trained 9,100 farmers, helped project-supported dealers improve their revenues from $2 million to $45 million, and influenced agriculutre policy by helping the association to remove the 20% value-added tax on fertizlier imports.
KAED II activities were built on the success of past achievements, and sought sustainability on all levels particularly involving agribusiness and agriculture value chain members and associations. Primary activities included registering new seed varieties entering Kyrgyzstan and certification of 4,000 mt. of high-quality seed produced from USAID's collaboration with ICARDA, establishing a GDA with Eurasia Group to increase domestic production of corn and edible oil, transferring knowledge to farmers about best wheat-growing practices, procuring and distributing up to 2,400 mt of livestock feed to take care of 70,000 dairy cows, and introducing genetic cow breeds with high yield and quality milk.
KAED Follow-On aims to increase agricultural productivity and farmer incomes through providing farmers access to improved seed during the 2011 two-month spring planting season and to promote market participation by more progressive smallholder farmers. Supported under USAID's Economic Development Fund, the program is providing seeds to approximately 30,000 selected farmers. An estimated 160 agricultural cooperatives and 81 seed enterprises in 42 rayons (districts) in all seven oblasts (provinces) throughout Kyrgyzstan will be involved.
|Location||Kyrgyzstan, Central Africa|