Programme on Integrated Rural Economic Development Issyk-Kul "KARAGAT +"

Karagat+ project designed to give a boost to communities and expand the potential of the fruit-and-berry market in Kyrgyzstan.

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Organization name

Public Fund "AVEP"

Year founded

2007

Initiative stage

  • Scaling (the solution has passed the previous stages and is growing its impact on a regional or global scale)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $100k - $250k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 1,000 - 5,000

Organization type

  • Nonprofit, NGO, or citizen sector

Secondary Focus Area

  • Water
  • Rural development
  • Nutrition

Headquarters location: Country

  • Kyrgyzstan

Headquarters location: City

Bishkek

Location(s) of impact

Kyrgyzstan: The Project impact area is the Issyk-Kul region.

Website

http://www.avep.info

Facebook URL

https://www.facebook.com/karagatIK

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Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

The true unemployment figure in rural Kyrgyzstan is unduly suppressed because citizens to whom the government granted land are considered to be farmers, and thus employed. The rural areas around lake Issyk-Kul offer few off-farm income opportunities; the most significant of which being tourism during July and August. Agriculture remains the main income source for most poor to middle-income villagers. Additionally, the prevalence of subsistence farming translates to limited cash income from the sale of surplus produce.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

There are main interventions which are most important on fruit and berry value chain. Firstly we increase the capacity of the farmers through the mobile trainings in the field. Secondly we suggested innovation methods on irrigation, especially using the drip irrigation system. Likewise with participation of the experts and engineers our project could suggest for farmers through micro credit agencies cooling containers for keeping fast-spoiling products. Thirdly developed cooperation between fruit and berry value chain actors, with participation of thousands of farmers and international processing companies we organized annual festival where farmers signed agreement for suppling products. Also project paid attention to nutrition of the child in orphanages and kindergartens where were developed 11 greenhouses to grow fresh vegetables. And all this activities tied to each other without which it is impossible to get real results on rural development.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

During the project period 1500 farmers had trained on fruit and berry growing and those farmers had increased their household income up to 20 %. Fruit nurseries renewed their sapling collections with high yield fruit and berry varieties and begin to supply saplings to the community. In a short period they could sold more than 40 000 saplings. Because of climate and water problems project suggested to the farmers to use drip irrigation systems. To date farmers equipped their gardens with drip irrigation system more than 300 ha land. Likewise developed business relationships between value chain actors. Farmers signed agreements with processing companies to supply more than 5000 tons fruit and berries in three year. The main impact is our project could change the mind of the farmers to the agriculture business. Due to projects impact in Issyk-Kul region over than 500ha land planted with fruit and berry varieties which gives effect not only for household income but also to the environment.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

Idea of the project had held by society and government, but project financially supported by only one “Kumtor” mining company. The project increased human capital by sharing new knowledge, technology, and best practices with farmers; heightened social capital by strengthening local partner organisations, farmers and buyers and their relationships as well as reducing labour migration; provided income opportunities and increased financial capital of rural citizens and strengthened Natural capital by improving agricultural diversity with horticulture in the region. The project was both institutionally and economically viable because project partner organisations that were satisfied with the results of cooperation replicated the experience using their own financial and human capacities.

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

Project oriented to develop the real business in the region and unique point is provided an integrated approach for solving a specific task. Role of the each actor in this fruit and berry value chain was very important, and project developed cooperation between them. Activities supported with innovations such as dissemination of drip irrigation system, cooling containers and refresh the fruit and berry varieties. Also during the trainings used modular teaching system of the farmers.

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

The idea on integrated development of the Issyk-Kul region was established in 2012. The idea of the project is very unique. That time there were not projects that cover all actors of the value chain in any sector. Main problem was that farmers could not sell their products directly to the buyers, because there were not any contacts between them. Middleman established prices for themselves and farmers’ products were sold for an insignificant amount. The pivotal income of rural people is agriculture. So there was a need for highly developed value chain system. PF “AVEP” developed project proposal and suggested to the mining company in Issyk-Kul region. The idea was supported by local administrations, farmers and donor. Today rural people, government and other beneficiaries got expected results from the project and continue developing further steps such as the processing workshops.

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Congratulations for the initiative