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Economic integration of livestock husbandry in the trans-border region of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan | duration: 11/2022 - 10/2025

  • Project Summary

The project examines the effects of recent political rapprochement on economic and scientific cooperation between the neighbouring countries Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The focus is on the newly emerging trade opportunities for high-value and perishable fresh livestock products and access to pasture land in the border area between the two countries around the Tajik province of Sughd. The project connects the national research institutions relevant in this field with the international scientific community and offers targeted further training measures by third parties. The interdisciplinary project consortium includes Justus Liebig University in Gießen, three research institutes in Central Asia as well as the Central Asia office of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Based on own primary data collection, the project participants investigate the situation of animal husbandry in the project region. 



Within the framework of a kick-off workshop in Khujand, the project working group has meanwhile been constituted from members of the partner organisations. Irina Hopp, research assistant at ZEU coordinates the project activities and conducts her own empirical research within the framework of a dissertation on the project topic. In the course of the research project, a summer school on the methodology of empirical research in the project region in combination with qualitative field research is planned. The project participants jointly conduct empirical research on the impact of the political and economic rapprochement between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan on the livestock sector. To this end, the project will collect data from livestock farmers, traders and processors in the form of structured surveys in the second and third project years. In addition, a training event on herd management will be held for multipliers in Central Asia in the second project year. In the fourth project year, the project results will be presented at a final workshop in Gießen. The dissertation and a final report will incorporate the project results and thus form the basis for further scientific publications.

Justus-Liebig-University Giessen (Germany), Center for International Development and Environmental Research (ZEU)


  • Research associate and doctoral candidate

    Irina Hopp

Justus-Liebig-University Giessen (Germany), Center for International Development and Environmental Research (ZEU)

  • Tajik partners

  • Dr. Matazim Kosimov

Tajik Academy of Agricultural Sciences (TAA), Department for Livestock Husbandry, Khujand, Tajikistan


  • Uzbek partners

  • Dr. Bakhrom Allashev

Research Institute for Livestock and Poultry, Tashkent (FTG), Uzbekistan


  • Dr. Shavkat Hasanov

Center for Agricultural Reform and Innovation Studies (CARIS)


  • Makhmud Shaumarov

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Sub-Regional Office for Central Asia, Almaty, Kazakhstan




  • Acknowledgements

This project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).