GEF allocates $12.7 million for agricultural development of Uzbekistan

TASHKENT. February 12. KAZINFORM The Board of Directors of the World Bank (WB) approved allocation of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) grants to Uzbekistan in the amount of $12.699 million for the development of sustainable agriculture and reduction of the effects of climate change, Tashkent office of the World Bank told Trend.

Grant funds are complementary to the current project for support to agricultural enterprises (Phase-2), funded by the International Development Association (IDA) for a total of $120.66 million.

GEF project on the development of sustainable agriculture and climate change mitigation will contribute to introduction of selected technologies for renewable energy and energy efficient technologies relevant to the agribusiness and farmers, as well as capacity building at the local level in the reclamation of degraded lands and the rational use of water in Andijan , Bukhara, Jizzakh, Kashkadarya, Samarkand, Syrdarya, Tashkent and Ferghana regions.

According to Uzbekistan, intense warming is observed in the country. Given the shortage of water and forecasted extremely warm and dry years, the water level in the basins of the Syr Darya and Amu Darya may reduce. The measures provided for under the new GEF grant will help mitigate risks such as water scarcity, land degradation, increased greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to them.

Project components include investments for sustainable technologies in the amount of $9 million, investment to mitigate the degradation of irrigated land - $1.09 million, as well as advisory services and project management - $ 2.6 million.

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