19 April 2022, Dushanbe – FAO in Tajikistan handed a large batch of books – 1000 pieces – to the library of Tajik Agrarian University, named after Shirinsho Shohtemur, to enhance the capacity-building of students and young scientists.

The authors of the provided books are scientists of the University. This set of books will support and guide students and young scientists to promote innovative technologies and achieve sustainable agriculture in the country.

“According to our estimates, by 2050, agriculture has to produce about 70 percent more food than is currently being produced. The younger generation, especially specialists and scientists, will have to work harder to bring in innovative approaches for better production in an improved or better environment. This is important to invest in the education of students in agriculture to ensure that the new generation will produce more and better quality agricultural products,” said Oleg Guchgeldiyev, FAO Representative in Tajikistan. “We are working closely with the Tajik Agrarian University to develop new forms of cooperation in order to further build the scientific capacity of the university, link it to daykhans (farmers) of Tajikistan, and bring the science and development closer for better results.”

The books were printed within the framework of the partnership between FAO and the University, which was established in early 2015. Under this cooperation in the past, FAO has promoted various events, including scientific conferences, development of curricula, and the performing many awareness-raising campaigns. Several agreements on joint work have already been implemented under the various projects in the field of water management, crop production, and educational development.

In addition, both parties are working together to sign the Memorandum of Understanding between FAO and the Tajik Agrarian University with the aim to strengthen cooperation in crop production, animal husbandry, water management, natural resource management, and climate change, among others.