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

Jul 13, 2016

The three-day ‘Agri-Food Supply Chains in Cross-Border Trade of Nuts and Dried Fruit’ workshop was held in Tashkent from the 11th to the 13th of July – the first of its kind in Uzbekistan, bringing together international experts, UNECE , UNDP and GIZ representatives, as well as regional public and private sector representatives. These participants have exchanged knowledge about improving food quality, food safety, and sustainable agricultural trade in Central Asia.

The event brought together experts from the USA, Turkey, France, Italy and China, presenting the experience of their home countries and how it can be applied in Uzbekistan. Discussions focused on the application of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) marketing standards, the quality of inspection systems, and using IT in expert and control systems, with accompanying practical programmes.

Workshop participants were also trained on the Business Process Analysis (BPA) methodology, a means of identifying agricultural trade bottlenecks and measures of addressing them. A practical demonstration of BPA methodology focused on the case studies of dried apricots in Tajikistan, and raisins in Uzbekistan.

Workshop participants also had a chance to see a glimpse of Uzbekistan’s huge agricultural potential at the 1st International fruit and vegetable fair organized in Tashkent.

The workshop was organized by UNECE jointly with UNDP’s Aid for Trade project and the GIZ Programme “Support to Regional Trade in Central Asia” with support of the Ministry for Foreign Economic Relations, Investment and Trade of Uzbekistan.

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