Modern farm equipment reduces poverty in rural Tajikistan
17 October 2017 - Gavharbi Ahmadova and Faizov Kamarali are both from the Khatlon region in Tajikistan but from different villages. Although they have never met, they have a lot in common - they both struggle to sustain their families with a steady income through farming, an almost impossible task given the near absence of agricultural machinery with which to cultivate land and harvest crops on time.
The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, October 17, places a spotlight on the challenges farmers like Ahmadova and Kamarali face, as well as solutions that can have a major impact on their lives and the lives of those in rural communities.
For many years, Kamarali provided food for his family of nine from his kitchen garden - a small plot of land attached to the main house where farmers typically grow fruits and vegetables and perhaps keep a dairy cow and chickens. The...