Region: Asia | Topic: Agriculture & Food Security, Gender 360
Tags: Research and Evaluation, Technology, USAID
The adoption of agricultural technologies at scale is essential to improve agricultural production and marketing, farmer income, and food security. Yet the commercialization of new agricultural technologies often faces substantial challenges. A successful strategy to bring agricultural technology to scale must be based on strong practical and theoretical evidence of the technology’s potential as well as a well-informed action plan to address key challenges within the enabling environment that limit technology distribution and/or adoption at the smallholder level.
This report addresses constraints to and opportunities for the scaling of agricultural technologies for the horticulture and livestock sectors in Khatlon province in Tajikistan. Its findings pertain to a short list of proposed technologies selected by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission in Tajikistan with potential to improve production in the onion, orchard, beef, dairy, and poultry sectors. Each technology is analyzed for its potential impact on smallholder income, enabling environment obstacles to its commercialization or adoption, and market opportunity for the affected commodity. The report aims to inform the investment strategies of USAID, the Government of Tajikistan (GoTJ), and other donors seeking to increase access to and adoption of these technologies.