Projects

MANAGING IRRIGATION-DRAINAGE SYSTEMS TO SUSTAINABLY ENHANCE PRODUCTIVITY IN FERGANA VALLEY, CENTRAL ASIA.

(JULY 2014-DECEMBER 2015) Historic data on irrigation systems in selected WUAs were collected, analysis of data, a hydro model was developed.

Evapotranspiration-based Irrigation Scheduling for Winter Wheat and Cotton in the Aral Sea Basin, Uzbekistan.

Crop coefficient for winter wheat and cotton was developed. Assessment of alternative solutions, irrigation technologies. Assessment of currently locally practiced irrigation methods and regimes.1 seminar was conducted, 30 participants (farmers, agricultural specialists).

“SUSTAINING LIVELIHOODS AFFECTED BY THE ARAL SEA DISASTER”

Under the direct supervision of UNESCO Head (Tashkent Representative office) NGO KRASS in close collaboration with the Urgench State University named after Al-Khorezmi conducted seminars on sustainable development and environmental management for for the administrators of the regional departments in Southern part of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, journalists in Nukus, at the President Academy in Tashkent. 3 seminars were conducted, total 105 participants and an information-resource center is established at Urgench State University named after Al-Khorezmi.

Evaluating the effect of conjunctive use of canal and drainage water, different cropping patterns, and improved irrigation practices on control of salinity and waterlogging and delineate most efficient water management and agronomic practices.

The project is ongoing.

“Ecosystem based land and forest management for poverty alleviation of communities and as adaptation strategy to climate change impact along the at lower Amu Darya river” (project no. 2014.9859.1)

Michael Succow Foundation for the Protection of Nature (Germany) (June 2015-December 2017) on implementation of the activities in the framework of the project on protection of nature, forest ecosystem management and intensification/strengthening of ecological capacities of river basin territories. The project is ongoing.

Integrated Land and Water Productivity Improvement in Aral Sea Basin

The project is under realization.

“SUSTAINING LIVELIHOODS AFFECTED BY THE ARAL SEA DISASTER”

Under the direct supervision of UNESCO Head (Tashkent Representative office) NGO KRASS in close collaboration with the Urgench State University named after Al-Khorezmi conducted seminars on sustainable development for teachers of the lyceums and colleges from three regions of Karakalpakstan Beruni, Turtkul, Ellikkala . 3 trainings have been conducted, total number of participants 68.

Determining optimum water and nutrients leaching requirements for the saline areas of Khorezm, Uzbekistan.

The project is ongoing.

Evaluation and demonstration of high yelding winter wheat varieties.

The project is ongoing.

"Is sustainable agriculture possible in an unstable environment?"

Upon invitation KRASS contributed with the elaboration of a chapter called Is sustainable agriculture possible in an unstable environment? within the GTZ/BMZ booklet The Aral Sea Disaster From Crisis-dwelling to Problem-solving. The chapter describes the results of the ZEF project based on 6 years of research in the Khorezm region, which is part of the Irrigated lowlands of the AmuDarya river and thus part of the Aral Sea Basin This booklet was mandated by the German GTZ.

Watercone Pilot project for Khorezm, Uzbekistan 

Project entitled Watercone Pilot project for Khorezm, Uzbekistan is envisaged for the period of 6 months (July December, 2009) and is supported by Russell Trust Development Award from the University of St Andrews and the Unicorn Cooperative in Manchester, UK. This project aims to provide aid in efforts to improve public health situation directly affected by poor water quality in the remote areas of the country. It is planned to purchase 135 watercone devices and to distribute them among the selected households of the tail end of the Amu Darya catchment area, characterized by high poverty and low access to quality water both for drinking and irrigation.

Dissemination of resource-saving technologies for sustainability of irrigated agriculture.

Project entitled Dissemination of resource-saving technologies for sustainability of irrigated agriculture in the Khorezm region, Uzbekistan with the duration of 18 months (01.07.2009-31.12.2010) is mandated by the Small Grants Program, UNDP. The project aims at livelihood improvement of the population via their adaptation to the changing environment and via increasing their capacities to cope with soil degradation and irrational water use in agriculture of Khorezm with the use of resource conserving technologies. Project tasks include: preparation of equipment for laser levelling of land; demonstration of the advantages of laser levelling and alternative irrigation methods; teaching agricultural producers how to conduct laser levelling and to reduce water use for irrigation.

Russell Trust Development Award from the University of St Andrews, UK

Watercone project: donors are 'Russell Trust Development Award from the University of St Andrews, UK' and the 'Unicorn Cooperative in Manchester, UK'

Purchase of Happy Seeder.

In accordance with the contract signed with UNESCO (Tashkent) in September 2009 Happy Seeder from Ludhiana (India) has been purchased and delivered to Urgench, Khorezm. The equipment is used for KRASS conservation agriculture activities and provision of services/extension to farmers.

State management of environmental protection

Development of the training module on ‘State management of environmental protection’ for the Academy of State and Social Construction under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan (ASSC). Training module, 12 lectures and hand-outs prepared; 65 students of ASSC participated in the training course and field visits, Rio Conventions project under UNDP, June – November, 2010.

Effective use of land and water resources for sustainable development of agriculture, theory and practical aspects

«Effective use of land and water resources for sustainable development of agriculture, theory and practical aspects», Grant Awarded by the the Public Foundation for the support of NGOs and other civil society institutions under the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, September 2011-February 2012, Training/seminars to farmers in Khorezm region, 564 farmers and specialists from Agroprom , WUAs from 10 districts took part in the seminars.

Sustaining livelihood affected by the Aral Sea disaster

Sustaining livelihood affected by the Aral Sea disaster, UNESCO, May 2012-December 2013, Extension service/training to farmers/conference, 10 extension agents will be trained, conference for 100 farmers will be organized, extension materials for farmers designed

FOPSI (Social Initiatives Support Fund)

FOPSI (Social Initiatives Support Fund) together with NGO KRASS implemented a project “Increasing of potential and improving of livelihood of wmen in Karakalpakstan through harvest, storage and processing of fruits and vegetables “ in 3 districts of Karakalpakstan (Shumanay, Kanlikul and Muynak) by training them to use modern and effective methods of harvesting, storage and processing of fruits and vegetables. 2 sets of trainings were conducted as follows: “Modern and effective methods of harvesting and storage of fruits and vegetables”, “Modern technologies of grape and fruits drying and candied fruits”. 56 socially active women from Karakalpakstan have been trained. They are supposed to disseminate the gaimed knowledge and skills in their districts. The main partners of NGO KRASS during implementation of the project were Urgench State University named after Al-Khorezmi and Samarkand Department of the Science-Research Institute named after Shreder, head of the Department on storage and processing , Mirzakhidov Sh.

SUSTAINING LIVELIHOODS AFFECTED BY THE ARAL SEA DISASTER

Within the frame of UN Joint Program for “SUSTAINING LIVELIHOODS AFFECTED BY THE ARAL SEA DISASTER” 202 UZB400.2, under the direct supervision of UNESCO Head (Tashkent Representative office) NGO KRASS in close collaboration with the Urgench State University named after Al-Khorezmi, conducted traiings on August 1-8, 2012 to prepare agricultural consultants to manage water resources and degraded lands issues. 9 representatives from 3 districts of Karakalpakstan took part there. (Beruni, Turtkul, Ellikala).

Dissemination of modern technologies on innovative saltresistant plants in specific conditions of the Aral Sea basin

Within the frame of UN Joint Program for “SUSTAINING LIVELIHOODS AFFECTED BY THE ARAL SEA DISASTER” 202 UZB400.2, under the direct supervision of UNESCO Head (Tashkent Representative office) NGO KRASS in close collaboration with the Urgench State University named after Al-Khorezmi, conducted seminars on February 27-March 1, 2013 as following: “Dissemination of modern technologies on innovative saltresistant plants in specific conditions of the Aral Sea basin”. About 100 farmers from 3 districts of Karakalpakstan took part in the seminars (Beruni, Turtkul, Ellikala). The themes of the semonars ar as follows: Innovations in agriculture, modern technologies in plants growing on degraded and marginal lands, effective methods of water use.

Training of agricultural consultants of resource saving innovation technologies for sustainable development of South Karakalpakstan

Within the frame of UN Joint Program for “SUSTAINING LIVELIHOODS AFFECTED BY THE ARAL SEA DISASTER”, under the direct supervision of UNESCO Head (Tashkent Representative office) NGO KRASS in close collaboration with the Urgench State University named after Al-Khorezmi, conducted seminars on November 26-29, 2013 as following: “Training of agricultural consultants of resource saving innovation technologies for sustainable development of South Karakalpakstan”. 12 representatives from agricultural, educational and administrative sectors from 3 disctricts of Karakalpakstan took part in the trainings (Beruni, Turtkul, Ellikala). The title of trainings are: concept of sustainable development, particular for Uzbekistan, tasks and methods of agricultural consulting services, functions of agricultural consultants, planning of consultant services, innovation technologies in land and water use

Planned Projects

In the framework of CGIAR Research program from 2014 onwards KRASS and ICARDA CAC office with partners, farming and rural communities and investors plan to implement a project aiming at combination of accumulated scientific knowledge and development potential for improving livelihoods of rural population, conserving natural resources, coping with uncertainty of climate change, and improving agricultural productivity of the marginal land. The CGIAR Research program 1.1 led by ICARDA will use two complementary approaches for sustainable conservation and development of the dryland systems:

I) increasing their resilience to biophysical and socioeconomic shocks and

II) sustainable intensification of production systems to reduce food insecurity and generate more income.

For the Khorezm region, KRASS has recieved approval and support from local authorities and partner organizaions. (Support letters from Farmers association and Hokimiyat)