The VIII Steering Committee Meeting of the Central Asia and the Caucasus Regional Network for Vegetable Systems Research and Development (CACVEG) was held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 10-12 November 2015.
Being predominantly an agro-pastoral agricultural system, the area around the Aral Sea is affected by a very high degree of land degradation, characterized by intensive soil salinity, rising of water table and increasing mineralization, declining of rangeland productivity, as well as biodiversity loss.
After wheat and rice, potato is considered to be one of the most important agricultural food crops in terms of its properties and nutritional values.
Recent research on “Economics of Land Degradation in Uzbekistan”, jointly conducted by the Center for Development Research (University of Bonn, Germany) and the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), has projected an estimated return of about 4 USD over the next 30 years for each dollar invested in land rehabilitation, including major benefits to the environment.
The continued evolution of agricultural research and innovations, based on changing development needs, calls for new understanding among public and private research organizations, farmers, civil society, education, extension agencies and the private sector.
‘Davlatle’ is among the superior winter wheat varieties identified by wheat researchers in Central Asia in collaboration with International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), International Winter Wheat Improvement Program (IWWIP) and Bonn University with the potential to improve food security by producing more wheat on saline fields.
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).