Improved Livelihoods and Nutrition in Tajikistan.

Feed the Future Tajikistan Agriculture and Water Activity

Project Dates: October 2015 - September 2018
To address widespread nutrition deficiencies and food insecurity, smallholder farmers in Tajikistan must increase, diversify, and add value to their agricultural production.

Many women and children in the Khatlon region of Tajikistan lack access to sufficient vitamin A, iron, zinc, iodine, and proteins, which has led to a 31 percent stunting rate. USAID’s Feed the Future Tajikistan Agriculture and Water Activity (TAWA) works to reduce these nutrition deficiencies, supporting farmers in nutrition-sensitive agriculture sectors so they can increase their yields and incomes. Farmers and entrepreneurs in the Khatlon province are learning best practices to increase, diversify, and add value to the production and processing of fruit, vegetable, and dairy products. Women in the Khatlon provide the majority of manual farm labor, so targeting them with agricultural knowledge and technology is vital. The activity ensures that both female and male farmers have access to extension services and agricultural inputs. In addition to training the extension agents who share knowledge and farming methods, TAWA also develops public-private partnerships and leads public outreach campaigns that reinforce behavior changes in both production and consumption.

Project Goals


  • Target agricultural production and consumption practices among farmers to improve economic and nutritional statuses of households in the Khatlon region
  • Improve vegetable, orchard, and dairy production by introducing new technologies, conducting training, and promoting the use of greenhouses and supply chains
  • Implement more effective irrigation methods to improve farmers’ access to water
  • Promote public outreach and education in how to manage water resources and reduce waste

Our Impact Empowered to Thrive in Tajikistan

The success of female farmers in Tajikistan starts with a culture of collaborating, learning, and adapting.

Many women and children in the Khatlon region of Tajikistan lack access to sufficient vitamin A, iron, zinc, iodine, and proteins, which has led to a 31 percent stunting rate. USAID’s Feed the Future Tajikistan Agriculture and Water Activity (TAWA) works to reduce these nutrition deficiencies, supporting farmers in nutrition-sensitive agriculture sectors so they can…

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Our Impact Teaching Modern Methods in Tajikistan

Farmers in Tajikistan are improving their livelihoods by learning about and applying modern agricultural methods to their fruit orchards.

Many women and children in the Khatlon region of Tajikistan lack access to sufficient vitamin A, iron, zinc, iodine, and proteins, which has led to a 31 percent stunting rate. USAID’s Feed the Future Tajikistan Agriculture and Water Activity (TAWA) works to reduce these nutrition deficiencies, supporting farmers in nutrition-sensitive agriculture sectors so they can…

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