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IAMO initiates primary data collection on livestock development in three Central Asian countries

27 April 2018 - From 2 to 15 April 2018, IAMO associates Dr. Sarah Robinson and Nozilakhon Mukhamedova together with partners from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan conducted a pilot survey of livestock farmers in Kazakhstan that will provide unique insights into current constraints and opportunities of animal husbandry.

Cattle, sheep and horses provide food and income for millions of rural households in the Central Asian countries Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. But under which conditions can these households evolve into commercial livestock farms that serve the rising demand by urban consumers? How constrained are such farms by fodder supply? Which marketing options do they have? In the framework of the “Revitalising animal husbandry in Central Asia: A five-country analysis” (ANICANET) project, Dr. Sarah Robinson and Nozilakhon Mukhamedova led a team of researchers from three Central Asian countries to develop a questionnaire and interview guidelines for a survey among livestock farmers in Kazakhstan. The piloting phase was part of the capacity building component of ANICANET that targets young researchers from the region. The survey will be replicated in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan to generate a unique cross-country database on livestock production in Central Asia. The ANICANET project is financially supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).