The first-ever horticulture trade forum in Khatlon was organized by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Khatlon regional government on 7-8 August 2018. A two-day event gathered more than 300 horticulture producers, traders, and buyers from Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan. The purpose of this forum was to create business linkages between horticulture producers from Khatlon and buyers from other regions and countries in Central Asia. The forum also provided panel sessions on post-harvest practices, cold storage management models, and transport and logistics information.
The Climadapt team took part in the forum and shared information on the project objectives and activities targeting the climate change issues, in particular in relation to agricultural sector. In addition, attendees had the opportunity to obtain information about financing opportunities for energy and water efficiency measures as well as to hear about the success stories of supported projects. Participation in such events helps to promote climate resilience and adaptation issues at the national and regional level.
The forum provided networking and partnership opportunities for attendees and gave them chance to meet and discuss innovative solutions to stimulate agricultural production, trade and exports.