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  • The Mountain Societies Development Support Programme (MSDSP) helped to address issues of poor animal health by setting up five veterinary clinics that can provide vaccines, medicine and equipment.
    AKF / Jean-Luc Ray
  • The village organisation (VO) of Elok, a village of the Rasht Valley, Tajikistan, manages a community livestock pool.
    AKDN / Jean-Luc Ray
  • A pilot safflower field on the banks of the Surkhab river, Kholibek, Tajikistan. The Mountain Societies Development Support Programme (MSDSP) runs a horticultural programme that tests and introduces new varieties of vegetables as a way of diversifying agriculture. This is important to increase farming household incomes, maintain soil fertility and improve nutrition.
    AKDN / Jean-Luc Ray
  • Community-based Savings Groups (CBSGs) in Roshtqala, Tajikistan.
    AKDN / Jean-Luc Ray
Rural development

The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF)’s rural development interventions in Tajikistan are implemented by the Mountain Societies Development Support Programme (MSDSP), which was established in 1993 to coordinate relief and humanitarian assistance in the wake of Tajikistan’s civil war. Initially focusing only in Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO), the programme has now expanded to reach 32 of 54 districts in Tajikistan including the Rasht Valley, Sughd, and Khatlon, with a total beneficiary population of 1.4 million people.