A consultative seminar on the development of Central Asian Climate Information Platform (CACIP) was held on June 14 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
The representatives of the ministries of agriculture, water resources, forestry committee, hydromet and other agricultural agencies of Uzbekistan discussed the development of climate information platform in Tashkent on 11 June 2019.
With more than 3 billion people affected, land degradation is one of the world’s biggest environmental problems. In Uzbekistan, where agriculture is an important source of income for rural population, land degradation poses substantial threats for sustainable development, causing declines in crop yields and livestock productivity.
Average annual temperatures across Central Asia since the mid 20th century have increased from 0.5°C in the south to 1.6°C in the north, making the region most vulnerable to climate change. Building resilience to climate’s mounting impacts like melting glaciers in uplands and droughts in lowlands has become a dire priority to reduce poverty and enhance prosperity in the region, about 60 percent of which consists of deserts.
ICARDA is seeking solutions to climate change adaptation in Central Asia. With erratic rainfalls and low agricultural productivity, Central Asian countries are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Disappearing glaciers, the shrinkage of Aral Sea, frequent droughts and severe dust storms are causing a serious threat to food and nutrition security of a 70-million people region, half of which reside in rural areas.
6-9 November, 2016 the "1st International Agrobiodiversity Congress" will be held in New Delhi, India.
The Regional Program for Sustainable Agricultural Development in Central Asia and Caucasus was initiated in 1998, and operates as a consortium of eight National Agricultural Research Centers (NARS), eight Centers of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR consortium members) and three additional advanced research institutions (non-CGIAR consortium members).