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Monday, October 2
Arrival in Dushanbe
Day 1 – Tuesday, October 3
08:30 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 09:45 Opening Session

Chair: Sergey Shoba, Director, Eurasian Center for Food Security, Lomonosov Moscow State University

Welcoming remarks:

  • Representative, Government of Tajikistan (TBD)
  • Artavazd Hakobyan, Senior Agriculture Economist, the World Bank
  • Representative, CGIAR (TBD)
  • Viorel Gutu, FAO Representative in Tajikistan
  • Daria Kirillova, Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation
9:45 – 10:00 Coffee and Networking Break

Video Presentations on the Importance of Soils (developed by Eurasian Soil Partnership)

10:00 – 12:00 Plenary session 1 Priorities for policy research to improve food security and nutrition in Eurasia 

Moderator: Per Pinstrup-Andersen, Professor, Cornell University and World Food Prize Laureate (2001)

Panelists discuss global and regional food policy research priorities and their implications for the Eurasian region and discuss next steps and partnerships needed for success.

  •  Main Presentation: Role of Agricultural Transformation for Food and Nutrition Security in Eurasia: Challenges, Issues, and Implications for Research, Jo Swinnen, Professor of Development Economics and Director of LICOS Center for Institutions and Economic Performance at the University of Leuven (KUL) in Belgium
  • Agriculture, food security and priorities for research, Nurali Asozoda, President, Academy of Agricultural Sciences of Tajikistan
  • “Enabling the Business of Agriculture” in Central Asia, Farbod Youssefi, the World Bank
  • Food security under changing climate: the role of sustainable land management,  Alisher Mirzabaev, Center for Development Research, University of Bonn
  • The role of women in food security (based on farm survey data), Galina Stulina, SIC ICWC
  • Mauricio Rosales, FAO
  • Reflections on research priorities related to food security and nutrition in Central Asia, Katrina Kosec, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI, Washington, D.C., USA
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch and Networking Break
13:30 – 15:00 Plenary session 2 What are some successful examples of food and nutrition security interventions?

Moderator: Pavel Krasilnikov, Deputy Director of the Eurasian Center for Food Security

Panelists present success stories of innovative interventions both by the government and private sector that helped boost food and nutrition security at the household and community level. They discuss how food policy in the region can support scaling up such innovative interventions. What challenges are there? What would success look like and what would it take?

  • No-till wheat cultivation in Tajikistan, Shafkat Dzhuraev, Non-profit cooperative Sarob
  • Promotion of kidney bean production and export in the Talas province of the Kyrgyz Republic, Kanat Tilekeyev, University of Central Asia
  • Role of government policy in promoting oil crops and pulses in light of agricultural diversification in Kazakhstan, Dauren Oshakbaev, Kazakhstan
  • Digital food security and development tools: Experience with Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan Spatial, Aida Bolotbekova (University of Central Asia) and Allen Park (IFPRI)
  • Promoting climate resilience and resource efficiency technologies for food security: The experience of Tajikistan, Kairat Shalabay, Team Leader for the CLIMADAPT Project, EBRD
  • Tanzila Yergasheva, Tajik Academy of Agricultural Sciences (TBC)
  • Promoting horticulture production, processing, and trade in Uzbekistan: perspectives, challenges, and opportunities in the case of AGROMIR, Sh. Ishniyazova, Samarkand Agrarian Institute and AGROMIR Group of Companies
15:00 – 15:15 Coffee Break
15:15 – 16:45 Plenary session 3 ECFS research and education projects

Moderator: Sergey Shoba, Eurasian Center for Food Security

  • Overview of land and soil degradation in Eurasia, Pavel Krasilnikov, ECFS
  • Water resource management for food security, Victor Dukhovniy, SIC ICWC
  • Overview of case studies on food security in Eurasia developed in 2016. Research topics include water and land management, livestock production, and trade integration in Central Asia and the Caucasus, Yulia Mitusova, the World Bank
  • Overview of ECFS education programs: Master’s programs and short term courses on agrofood management and land and water resource management aspects of food security, Evgeniy Tsvetnov, ECFS
16:45 – 17:30 Stories from the field
18:00 Dinner
Day 2 – October 4, Wednesday
09:00 – 10:45 Session 4.1: Getting the most out of institutional partnerships

Moderator: Jonathan Wadsworth, Adviser (Agriculture and Research) at the World Bank

This session aims to learn from the recent experiences of collaborative arrangements in which institutions from two or more spheres of society (state, private, and civil society) have worked in partnership toward a sustainable food security goal. The panel will present and discuss real experiences, reasons for success or failure, and draw lessons for improving institutional partnerships in the Eurasian Region.

Role of local financial institutions in promoting access to climate resilience technologies in Tajikistan, Kairat Shalabay, Team Leader for the CLIMADAPT Project, EBRD

 Partnerships for better outcomes, Anette Friis, Head of Partnerships and Outreach, CCAFS

ICARDA in Central Asia and the Caucasus – a successful example of partnership over two decades, Ram Sharma, Akmal Akramkhanov, ICARDA

IFPRI’s experience on building network of institutions and researchers on food security and nutrition in Central Asia, Kamiljon Akramov, Research Fellow and Leader of Central Asia Program, IFPRI, Washington, D.C., USA

Institutional partnership and harmonization of wheat flour fortification standards in Central Asia, Prof. Shamil Tazhibayev, Kazakh Academy of Nutrition, Almaty, Kazakhstan

GIZ Representative (TBD)

Session 4.2: Food Security in Eurasia: Case Studies

Moderator: Per Pinstrup-Andersen, Professor, Cornell University

Policy action in Tajikistan in response to food prices increase, Mavzuna Karimova, Abdukhalil Najibulloev

Impact of food system shocks on population in the Kyrgyz Republic, Dilbara Kirbasheva, Ekaterina Yakubovich

Strengthening agricultural resilience against droughts in Uzbekistan, Aziz Nurbekov, Alisher Mirzabaev


10:45 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 13:00 Session 4.1: Getting the most out of institutional partnerships



Session 4.2: Food Security in Eurasia: Case Studies (cont.)

Seed farming in the Kyrgyz Republic in the conditions of membership in the EEU, Abduhakim Islamov, Abdybek Asanaliev

Government policies on production and consumption of wheat/flour/bread in Uzbekistan, Ziyodullo Parpiev, Bakhrom Mirkasimov

Development of organic agriculture in Russia, Yulia Mitusova, Anna Buyvolova

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 16:45 Session 4.3: Public Policy Aspects of Food and Nutrition Security

Moderator:  Suresh Babu, IFPRI

Presentations followed by a panel discussion on policy aspects of food security and nutrition with representatives from focus countries.

Migration, Employment, and Food and Nutrition Security, Katrina Kosec on the Kyrgyz Republic, Bakhrom Mirkasimov on Uzbekistan

Nutrition sensitive agriculture: Evidence from Tajikistan, Hiroyuki Takeshima

Changing food consumption patterns and nutrition: Evidence from Kyrgyzstan, Kamiljon Akramov, Allen Park

Land reform and child nutrition: Evidence from Kyrgyzstan, Katrina Kosec, IFPRI and Olga Shemyakina, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

FSN Forum policy dialogues: contributing to food security and nutrition policy processes at country and regional level, Max Blanck, the policy Dialogue Advisor

Session 4.4: Developing capacity in the field of food security, nutrition sensitive social protection and school food programs at regional and country level.

Moderator: Mauricio Rosales, Project Coordinator FAO

The format is a facilitated panel discussion. The keynote speakers will highlight some of the key elements of the issues of migration and remittances and on school food and nutrition programs under the umbrella of social protection and nutrition.

The panelists will discuss current advances on these areas including how current policies and regulatory frameworks are addressing these issues. Participants will be invited to share ideas and proposals to focus on how to use remittances to step up investments in the agricultural sector for ensuring food security in the countries and School feeding programs can contribute to generate wealth creation in the region.


Paolo Mattei, Director WFP Tajikistan

Vladimir Chernigov, President of Social and Industrial Foodservice Institute

Dragan Aleksoski, Chief of Mission IOM Tajikistan (TBC)

Nurullo Mahmadullozoda, Deputy Minister for Labor , Migration and Employment of Population (TBC)

16:45 – 17:00 Coffee Break
17:00 – 18:00 Closing Plenary and Conference Declaration

Eurasian Food Security Program – Concluding remarks by Sergey Shoba

Conference wrap-up and discussion of priorities for the Eurasian Food Security Program (Artavazd Hakobyan, the World Bank)

19:00 – 21:00 Conference Dinner at Chaihana Rohat
October 5, Thursday
Field trip #1: Dehkan Farm Bogi Somon

Bogi Somon is a large farm with vineyards located in Tursunzoda city, 60 kilometers west of Dushanbe. Around 20,000 tonnes of grapes are harvested annually at the farm, and a significant part of the harvest is exported to Russia. The farm covers 580 hectares, and over 100 people work there. Four kinds of grapes are cultivated at Bogi Somoni: black and white lady finger grapes and black and white sultana grapes. In 2016, a refrigeration complex with a storage capacity of 900 tonnes was built on the farm premises. Storing grapes in the new refrigerated facilities increases their shelf life and enables the owners of the farm to sell them off-season, when prices in the market increase.

Field trip #2: Dairy Farm Abdurauf Usupov

The Abdurauf Usupov dairy farm is located in Gissar city, around 25 kilometers west of Dushanbe. The farm complex covers over 14,000 square meters and is fitted with modern equipment, including advanced milking and refrigeration equipment. Over 50 people work at Abdurauf Usupov. There are 240 cows and 410 heifers on the farm; the breed is a mix of Tajik black-and-white with German Holstein, adapted to Tajikistan’s climate. When the farm was founded in 2012, the output was around 800 liters of milk per cow—by 2016 it was already 3,500 liters of milk per cow annually. The milk produced at Abdurauf Usupov is sold to Dushanbe for processing, although there are plans to install processing equipment on the farm and produce dairy products to be sold in Gissar and Dushanbe.