Tajikistan: United We Stand
Despite recent economic growth, the Republic of Tajikistan is still one of the poorest Central Asian countries. Its rural population makes up for 3/4 of the total and relies mostly on livestock and herding as its mainstay.
While some 3.3 million hectares of permanent pasture in Tajikistan provide a strong base for livestock production, with over 50 per cent of the country at an altitude of 3,000 meters and scarce rainfalls its geography is extremely challenging.
This difficult geography combined with poor farming practices and lack of infrastructure maintenance have led to overgrazing, land degradation, and water scarcity, which in turn endangered stock numbers and health.
Pasture Users Unions are successfully starting to revert the situation. By coordinating use of resources, union members are able to manage sustainably pastures as well as newly built water access points. Moreover, acting as a group, they can access better quality services resulting in healthier cattle and a path out of poverty.
IFAD has helped establish almost 400 Pasture User Unions, reaching out to nearly 24,000 families across the country.