EC funds project in Tajikistan

Press Release
The European Commission allocates € 800,00 to HOPE’87 for:
Improving Income and Living Conditions in Rural areas of Eastern Khatlon through Natural Resource Management and Habitat Improvement 

The European Commission has approved € 800,000 to respond to the needs of rural communities in remote areas of the Khatlon region. The action will be implemented by HOPE’87 over the next three years under the project entitled Improving Income and Living Conditions in Rural Areas of Eastern Khatlon through Natural Resource Management and Habitat Improvement between 2010-2013. 

The implementing agencies of the action in Tajikistan are the Mountain Societies Development Support Programme (MSDSP) a project of the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) and the Agricultural Training and Advisory Centre (ATAC).   

The proposed project will be implemented in Shurabad, Muminabad, and Khovaling Districts, benefiting 109,000 people in 260 villages. Special attention will be given to 510 women headed households and unemployed youth. The project will focus on three major areas: 
  1. Increase income from integrated farming activities,
  2. Improve Natural Resource Management including energy efficiency and environmental rehabilitation, 
  3. Strengthen the capacity of Non State Actors and Local Authorities to jointly act on environmental issues and habitat improvement.  

For integrating farming activities the project will strengthen the horticulture value chain by improving access to new techniques and technologies, access to market through strengthening agro-cooperatives and prompting cooperation and links between all stakeholders along the value chain.   

The action will provide an innovative approach to improved habitat through introducing fuel efficient stoves, and improved techniques for retrofitting existing buildings at lower costs as well as the repair or installation of drinking water supply systems. 38 buildings will be retrofitted and 21 water supply systems organised and used for demonstration and community awareness raising on habitat improvement. 

To support the effective implementation of the project objective, the action will foster close collaboration between local government and civil society organisations through facilitating a network of local stakeholders. The major task of the network is to support the project activities through creating an enabling legislative environment on habitat improvement. 

By the end of the project it is expected that the income of participating farmers will have increased by at least 25%. Improved practices on natural resource management will reduce the use of firewood and improve environmental conservation. Poor households who had to purchase heating materials will have direct benefit in reducing their expenditures on heating. Apart from financial and environmental aspects interventions on habitat improvement will reduce cold, smoke and water born related diseases.