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.
Wheat improvement programs in Central Asia have made notable advances in recent years.
As agriculture plays an important role in the economies of Central Asian countries, tackling problems related to climate change is a priority on the research agenda in the region.
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).