Improving the quality and sustainability of Central Asia’s fresh fruit and vegetables industry

Jul 13, 2017

The three-day regional “Sustainable Cross-border Trade of Fresh Fruit and Vegetables: Quality, Food Safety, Sustainability” workshop started its work in Tashkent on the 10th of July.

The workshop is the first of its kind to be held in Uzbekistan, bringing together international experts from Europe, South-East Asia, international organizations such as UNECE, UNDP and GIZ, as well as Central Asian regional public and private sector representatives. The participants will exchange knowledge about improving food quality, food safety, and sustainable agricultural trade in Central Asia.

The event has also brought together experts from Switzerland, Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia, Greece and Thailand, presenting the experience of their home countries and how it can be applied in Uzbekistan.

Discussions were focused on development of sustainable strategies to exporting fresh fruits and vegetables, meeting mandatory and voluntary requirements for access to EU and Asian markets including leading trade chains, application of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) quality standards, the quality of inspection systems.

Workshop participants has also discussed key challenges in meeting quality standards and food safety requirements for export of fresh fruits and vegetables products from Central Asia, as well as opportunities for diversification of export markets.

Participants will also be trained on the Business Process Analysis (BPA) methodology, a means of analyzing and improving existing procedures and agricultural supply chains for more sustainable production and trade.

The workshop was organized by UNECE jointly with UNDP’s Aid for Trade project and the GIZ Programme “Trade Facilitation in Central Asia” with support of the Ministry for Foreign Trade of Uzbekistan.