The population in Central Asia and the Caucasus (CAC) is forecast to continue to grow.
A new National Center for Seed Production of Grain Crops has been established by presidential decree in Uzbekistan.
Climate change is widely believed to increase desertification globally.
Potato cultivation is a source of livelihood for many smallholders in Uzbekistan.
When faced with the threat of pest infestation, farmers in Central Asia still count largely on the conventional method; they use chemicals.
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).