The International Potato Center (CIP), a member of the CGIAR Regional Program for Central Asia and the Caucasus, is implementing a USAID-funded project in southern Tajikistan to help smallholder potato growers increase their profits and ensure rural children have more nutritious food.
In parts of Uzbekistan and Central Asia, mung bean is a common ingredient in food.
In recent years agricultural science has steadily advanced in Central Asia and the Caucasus (CAC).
As overgrazing and other human-induced factors continue to put considerable pressure on rangelands, the predominant landscape in Central Asia, scientists work towards solutions to slow down and reverse the negative impact of human activity.
Climate change-related problems cause growing concerns about the future of agricultural production in Central Asia.
The Regional Program for Sustainable Agricultural Development in Central Asia and Caucasus was initiated in 1998, and operates as a consortium of eight National Agricultural Research Centers (NARS), eight Centers of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR consortium members) and three additional advanced research institutions (non-CGIAR consortium members).