Galina Boltovskaya is a confident woman in her mid-40s, who slings a rifle over her shoulder and a crutch under each arm. She isn’t a hunter, but rather an enthusiastic guide for a flashy sporting complex in Taldykorgan, Kazakhstan and an avid marksperson who excels in the 10 meter air rifle shooting event. She took up the sport after a tragic auto accident caused her to lose her left leg nearly 25 years ago, while she was driving to study in a technical institute. She won a bronze medal in the Kazakhstan Para-Olympic games in 2011, and in 2012 she took the gold in the Kaz
Gairat Hudaishukurov represents a new generation of young Turkmen artificial insemination specialists – ones that fully harness the training provided by the USAID Agriculture Technology Program to build their business enterprises and employ best practices. Gairat is making the most of the 50-day training he received from project-trained specialist, Mr. Yusupbay Ahmedov, to become a regional expert on artificial insemination.
Mrs. Maysa Salarova and her husband Dovran live in the Altyn Asyr Farm Union in the Mary region of Turkmenistan. Like most households in their village, they also own a small herd of five cows that supports their livelihood. Last year they witnessed from their neighbors and relatives in the village how using artificial insemination services to breed their stock can produce beautiful, healthy Holstein calves.
Bahar Roziyeva always dreamed of a career in international relations, but knew that she would first have to perfect her English language skills in order to fulfill her professional dreams. In 2011, she completed secondary school in Mary, Turkmenistan, and applied to the English department at a local university but was not admitted. Disheartened, Bahar felt that her career ambitions were unattainable.
Bread is the lifeblood of the Central Asian diet, so changes in the price and availability of wheat can have significant impacts on food security in the five Central Asian Republics and Afghanistan. In Tajikistan, for example, more than 50% of daily caloric intake comes from bread. While all the countries grow at least a little wheat, it is Kazakhstan—the world’s 7th largest wheat exporter—that occupies the central role in providing this critical staple crop to the entire region.
The USAID Agricultural Linkages Plus Project (AgLinks Plus) and its partners are leading efforts to transform the Uzbekistan fruit tree sector. Working with Uzbek researchers, commercial nurseries, and farmers, this public-private partnership is helping to turn Uzbekistan’s fruit orchards into man-made oases.
The USAID Agricultural Linkages Plus Project (AgLinks Plus) initiated a visitor exchange program in collaboration with the International House at Davis (University of California). Under the Uzbek Horticulture Exchange Program, 38 public and private sector project leaders have participated in four seasonal trips to California. Each exchange, timed to coincide with the Uzbek and California cropping seasons, focused on a specific theme: pruning and trellising fruit trees and grapes, best nursery practices, best cold storage practices, and grape and raisin production best practices.
USAID’s Central Asian Energy Efficiency Support Program (CAEESP) is working to reduce greenhouse gas intensity and emissions by stimulating investments in energy efficiency technologies and programs. A key step towards industrial energy efficiency is the development and implementation of sound energy management systems, as developed under the ISO-50001 standard. An effective energy management system enables a company to follow a systematic approach to continual improvement of energy performance, including energy efficiency, energy use and consumption.
With the increasing strength of the Kazakh economy, international donor organizations are reducing support for many social assistance programs in the country. In response, the government of Kazakhstan has begun expanding funding opportunities for local non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
The USAID Quality Health Care Project is working with HIV prevention and treatment NGOs in Kazakhstan to help them receive a share of these funds. The Quality Project began by engaging government and NGO leaders in a process of identifying and overcoming barriers facing HIV-focused NGOs.