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Strategies for Development and Food Security in Mountainous Areas of Central Asia:
General Information


One of the objectives of the Workshop is to share experiences and analyse options and constraints to enhance incomes and household welfares in countries with historically different development processesOne of the objectives of the Workshop is to share experiences and analyse options and constraints to enhance incomes and household welfares in countries with historically different development processesGeneral Information
The international workshop, “Strategies for Development and Food Security in Mountainous Areas of Central Asia,” was sponsored by three organizations - InWEnt, GTZ, and the Aga Khan Foundation - who have worked extensively in Central Asia for years, and as well on issues pertaining to mountain communities.

Sponsors
InWEnt - Internationale Weiterbildung und Entwicklung (Capacity Building International, Germany), is synonymous with human resources and organizational development in international cooperation. Its service package addresses specialists, executives, and decision-makers in industry, politics, administration and civil society. InWEnt works with partners in developing countries, transition states, and industrialized nations.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH, is an international cooperation enterprise for sustainable development with worldwide operations. It provides viable, forward looking solutions for political, economic, ecological and social development in a globalized world. It works mainly for the German Federal Government, and currently is implementing some 2,700 projects and programees in over 130 countries.

The Aga Khan Foundation, an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network, is a non-denominational, international development agency established in 1967. Its mission is to develop and promote creative solutions to problems that impede social development. Created as a private, non-profit foundation under Swiss law, it has branches and independent affiliates in 15 countries, primarily in Asia and East Africa.

The conference was also aided by the assistance of the Tajik Government, and by the efforts of the Mountain Societies Development Support Programme (MSDSP) in Tajikistan.

The mountains covering large portions of Central and South Asia define both the landscape of the area and the lives of the people who live there.The mountains covering large portions of Central and South Asia define both the landscape of the area and the lives of the people who live there.Scope
The mountains covering large portions of Central and South Asia define both the landscape of the area and the lives of the people who live there. Because these areas cut across national borders, peoples in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic face similar obstacles in their efforts to improve their livelihoods. Despite differing political and economic historical contexts, there are many common threads among the peoples in this region.

This gathering strove to promote regional economic development in and encourage greater integration of mountainous areas in Central Asia. A central aim was to provide the people from the four principal countries with an opportunity to interact with one another, discuss common solutions to their problems, and seek new ways to collaborate and communicate in pursuit of similar economic development goals.

Objectives
The workshop had the following specific objectives:


Participants

Over 70 experts, primarily from the four aforementioned countries, gathered to discuss the challenges facing mountain communities in Central Asia. The participants represented a range of backgrounds, and included members of governmental organizations, development practitioners, representatives from non-governmental and donor organizations, senior advisors, business men and women, decision makers in regional planning, and national and international academics on rural development.

Agenda
The structure of the five-day workshop, included presentation of prepared papers (and reactions from other participants), group work discussions to share experiences and elaborate recommendations, and plenary presentations of working results to exchange and discuss findings. Additionally, one day of the schedule was devoted to field exposure, with a trip to Rogun District, in Rasht Valley, where participants had the opportunity to meet with village organizations.

You may also download the full and comprehensive agenda here:
Workshop Agenda in English (PDF)
Workshop Agenda in Russian (PDF)

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