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Workshop analysed central questions of animal husbandry in Central Asia

From 22 to 27 October 2018 an intensive workshop of Central Asian scientists took place in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

How do cattle and dairy farmers secure a reliable, year-round supply of fodder for their animals? Which marketing channels do farmers use and in which value chains are they integrated? These questions were the driving forces of the intensive workshop within the framework of “Revitalising animal husbandry in Central Asia: a five-country analysis” (ANICANET) project. The event, held on 22 -27th October in the University of Central Asia Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, gathered partners from Central Asian countries to discuss their fieldwork and to analyse survey data from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. The partners shared their impressions from their field trips, presented their findings from qualitative research and experiences of conducting surveys in their home countries. The workshop facilitated by ANICANET principal investigator Martin Petrick and consultant Sarah Robinson provided a capacity building session on quantitative and qualitative data analysis and included hands-on analysis in small groups. A highlight of the workshop was an excursion organized by partners from Kyrgyzstan to visit and interview various types of livestock farmers. As an outcome of the workshop, the project partners made substantial progress with their analysis. The results were presented on a IAMO co-organized conference “Social science knowledge and sustainable agricultural development along the Silk Road” in Tashkent in the following week.

The workshop in Bishkek was financially supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).