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ANICANET – Revitalising animal husbandry in Central Asia: A five-country analysis

Research domain:
Organisation of agriculture

Project duration:
01.07.2017 - 30.09.2019

As in many transition and developing countries worldwide, increasing incomes of the urban population have stimulated demand for livestock products in Central Asia. Given their extensive rangelands, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan are even considered as future exporters of meat and dairy products by international observers. In fact, livestock is of manifold importance for the economic and social development of the region. However, after the collapse of Soviet livestock herds in the 1990s, all five Central Asian countries Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan struggled with finding a suitable development strategy for their livestock sectors. Against this background, the “Revitalising animal husbandry in Central Asia: A five-country analysis – ANICANET” project aims at gaining empirically founded insights into strategies stimulating the revitalisation of livestock husbandry in the five Central Asian countries. It emphasises quantitative data collection across countries and the promotion of research capacity in Central Asia. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).


  • Dr. Sarah Robinson (University of Oxford, UK) Website
  • Dauren Oshakbayev (Applied Research Center Talap, Astana, Kazakhstan) Website
  • Dr. Roman Mogilevskii (Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA), University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan) Website
  • Prof. Dr. Khojamahmad Umarov (Financial and Economic Faculty, Tajik National University, Dushanbe, Tajikistan) Website
  • Dr. Gurbanmyrat Ovezmuradov (NGO Tebigy Kuwwat (Natural Energy), Aschgabat, Turkmenistan) Website
  • Yuliy Yusupov (Center for Economic Development (CED), Tashkent, Uzbekistan) Website


30.10.-01.11.2018 | Conference “Social science knowledge and sustainable agricultural development along the Silk Road”
25. - 29.09.2017 | ANICANET Summer School 2017


30.10.2018 | Workshop analysed central questions of animal husbandry in Central Asia
05.09.2018 | IAMO teams up with Asian Development Bank to support economic diversification in Kazakhstan
02. - 15.04.2018 | Start of the primary data collection on livestock development in Central Asian countries

Project publications

Robinson, Sarah; Bozayeva, Janil; Mukhamedova, Nozilakhon; Djanibekov, NodirPetrick, Martin (2021) Ranchers or pastoralists? Farm size, specialisation and production strategy amongst cattle farmers in south-eastern Kazakhstan. Pastoralism 11, 3. Download

Robinson, Sarah (2020) Livestock in Central Asia: From rural subsistence to engine of growth? IAMO Discussion Paper No. 193, Halle (Saale): IAMO. Download

Umarov, Khojamahmad (2019) Сектор животноводства в Таджикистане: Проблемы устойчивого и сбалансированного развития (Livestock sector in Tajikistan: Problems of sustainable and balanced development). IAMO Discussion Paper No. 190, Halle (Saale): IAMO. Download

Aganov, Stanislav; Kepbanov, Yolbars; Ovezmuradov, Gurbanmyrat (2019) Реструктуризация сектора животноводства в Туркменистане (Restructuring of livestock sector in Turkmenistan). IAMO Discussion Paper No. 189, Halle (Saale): IAMO. Download

Naumov, Yuriy; Pugach, Igor (2019) Проблемы и перспективы развития животноводства в Узбекистане (Problems and prospects for livestock development in Uzbekistan). IAMO Discussion Paper No. 188, Halle (Saale): IAMO. Download