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Fruit and vegetables prices rise in Dushanbe ahead of Idi Ramazon Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 July 2016 11:08 | Views: 590

altPrices of fruits and vegetables have risen in Dushanbe in several days ahead of Idi Ramazon of Eid ul-Fitr, a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.

Prices for some agricultural goods at Dushanbe’s bazaars have even doubled.

Thus, prices for one kilogram of apples have risen from 8.00-16.00 somoni to 18.00-25.00 somoni.

Prices for one kilogram of apricots have risen from 4.00-6.00 somoni to 8.00-10.00 somoni, pears – from 8.00-10.00 somoni to 12.00-18.00 somoni, grapes – 10.00-12.00 somoni to 20.00-30.00 somoni, potatoes – from 1.50-1.80 somoni to 2.00 somoni, tomatoes – from 2.00 to 2.50 somoni, carrots – from 2.00 to 2.50 somoni, sweet cherries – from 10.00-15.00 somoni to 25.00-30.00 somoni, onions – from 0.60-0.80 somoni to 1.00 somoni, cucumbers – from 2.002.50 somoni to 3.00-3.50 somoni, and bell pepper – from 2.00-2.50 somoni to 4.00-5.00 somoni.

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Conference dedicated to the closure of GIZ FFPSD/GREAT Program held in Dushanbe Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 June 2016 16:33 | Views: 776

GIZ Program “Framework and Finance for Private Sector Development in Tajikistan/ Growth in Rural Economy and Agriculture in Tajikistan” (FFPSD/ GREAT) is nearing completion.

On this occasion, a formal closure event took place at the National Library in Dushanbe yesterday, GIZ Office in Tajikistan said.

Commissioned by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and co-financed by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) since 2011, the program is coming to its logical end. Program Director, Hagen Ettner opened the event with a presentation outlining major achievements made and challenges encountered in the course of the five-year program.

The outcomes reached in three key thematic areas, in particular Business Enabling Environment, Commercial Approaches to Value Chain Development and Inclusiveness in Value Chain Development, were in the focus of presentations and discussions among the participants.

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Russia ratifies agreement on duty-free fuel supplies to Tajikistan Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 14:30 | Views: 1251

altState Duma (Russia’s lower house of parliament) has ratified a government-to-government agreement between Russia and Tajikistan on fuel supply cooperation.

Quoting Russian Deputy Minister of Energy Yuri Sentyurin, TASS news agency reports the agreement was signed in February 2013 and it aims at further development of integration ties between the Russian Federation and Tajikistan.

The agreement reportedly provides for supplying up to 1 million tons of duty-free oil products to Tajikistan. According to Sentyurin, the agreement has been temporarily applied since November 12, 2013.

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Bees are bellwethers for the healthy agricultural ecosystems they help create Print E-mail
Monday, 23 May 2016 16:17 | Views: 784

altFAO's Director-General urges all to embrace “pollinator-friendly” approaches

Bees make a priceless contribution to agriculture and are a bellwether for environmental health, working without pay while both delivering and reflecting biodiversity. "A world without pollinators would be a world without food diversity - and in the long run, without food security," FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today during a visit to Slovenia that ending at the national beekeepers' festival.

Slovenia, a promotor of declaring May 20 the World Bee Day, has sought assistance from FAO in this endeavor and has already received its support and that of 53 countries at the last Regional Conference of Europe. The next steps include the technical committees of FAO and the FAO Conference in 2017. It would be one of the first concrete actions after the important agreement on Sustainable Development Goals and the Climate Change Agreement and in line to achieve the Goals of Agenda 2030, stated Graziano da Silva.

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Europe and Central Asia set sights on better nutrition, sustainable agriculture Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 May 2016 15:44 | Views: 828

altFull week of discussions planned as FAO regional conference kicks off in Turkey

4 May 2016, Antalya, Turkey - Having made major strides in reducing the prevalence of hunger, many countries in Europe and Central Asia are now looking to improve the quality of people's diets and transform their food systems in order to adapt to climate change, optimize the use of natural resources, and cut waste.

The absolute number of hungry people in the region - measured in terms of their caloric energy intake - dropped by at least 40 percent since 1990, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva noted in a policy speech made today at the start of the biennial FAO Regional Conference for Europe: "But despite overall positive trends regarding food security, others forms of malnutrition still persist and continue to be a problem, affecting all the nations in this diverse region," Graziano da Silva added.

For example, in 48 of 53 countries in the wider Europe and Central Asia region, the combined overweight and obesity prevalence in the adult population exceeds 55 percent, while relatively high rates of stunting continue to be seen among children in the Caucasus and Central Asia.

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A region’s eyes turn to healthy nutrition Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 April 2016 09:33 | Views: 818

altAfter its remarkable success in reducing hunger, Europe must now rise to the challenge of making sure food assures more than survival and furnishes healthy lives. As head of a global hunger-fighting organization, nothing gives me more satisfaction than to see a vast region of the world achieving food security for its people.

With 53 member countries and one member organization, Europe and Central Asia is FAO’s largest region, stretching across 13 time zones from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Our data show that in almost every country, this region has succeeded in driving down food insecurity to below 5 percent of the population. The absolute number of hungry in the region has fallen by at least 40 percent since 1990. Unfortunately, the story does not end here.

Malnutrition – as distinct from undernourishment (caloric insufficiency) – is a concern that cuts across the entire region. It takes many forms: micronutrient deficiencies, stunting, wasting, overweight and obesity. In fact, most countries in the region have alarming rates of obesity – more than 20 percent in adults. Malnutrition has health, social and economic costs that no society can afford to bear.

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