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New International Centre to provide a ‘catalyst for change’

17.10.2022

A new Uzbek think-tank at the Ministry of Agriculture is blending national and global expertise with help from the European Union.

A new Uzbek think-tank at the Ministry of Agriculture is blending national and global expertise with help from the European Union (EU). The Ministry's International Strategic Center for Agri-food Development (ISCAD) was launched at the beginning of this year and is being seen in the sector as a 'catalyst for change', aiming to support new ways to accelerate the modernisation and transformation of Uzbekistan's agri-food sector and to enhance the country’s status as a global agriculture and food trading partner.

H.E. Ms Charlotte Adriaen, Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Uzbekistan, in a recent interview, highlighted the significance of ISCAD and its potential. She views ISCAD as a knowledge hub where people can meet and work together, learn from each other, exchanging knowledge and insights from different parts of the world, and identify what can be most valuable and relevant for Uzbekistan, as it maps its future agri-food development pathways. Also, by developing new systems that can gather evidence and insights from real practitioners in the field, the new centre aims to introduce new ways of working, and to promote the introduction of new policies, programmes and pilot projects that will make a very tangible and practical difference to farmers and rural citizens lives and incomes.

The Ambassador's full interview is now available on our website