Tajikistan

Country Profile
Tajikistan
In Tajikistan, Feed the Future is targeting investments in specific regions for maximum impact. These statistics reflect the realities of Tajikistan and the results of Feed the Future’s work there.
Population
1.6
Million
Number of people living in Feed the Future target regions
Poverty
10.4
Percent*
Percentage of people living in poverty in Feed the Future target regions in 2015
Stunting
29.3
Percent*
Percentage of children suffering from stunting in Feed the Future target regions in 2015
Rural
73
Percent
Percentage of population living in rural Tajikistan (World Bank, 2016)
GDP
4.2
Percent
Annual GDP growth (World Bank, 2016) agriculture accounts for 25% of added value (World Bank, 2015)
Farmers
9
Thousand
Producers using new technology and practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY16
Water
4.8
Thousand
Hectares under new, improved or rehabilitated irrigation services in FY16
Nutrition
145
Thousand
Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY16 across Tajikistan
Land
3.7
Thousand
Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY16
Families
78
Thousand
Households benefiting directly from Feed the Future in FY16
Agriculture accounts for 75 percent of employment and over a quarter of GDP in Tajikistan

Located in Central Asia, Tajikistan is a post-conflict, post-Soviet country with significant food security needs: 10.4 percent of the population in the Feed the Future target region lives on less than $1.25 a day, and many women and children are undernourished.

Only about seven percent of Tajikistan’s land surface is arable due to its mountainous topography. Many farmers depend on irrigation, delivered through decades-old systems, in this landlocked, arid country. An estimated one million Tajik citizens migrate abroad to work and their remittances are among the highest in the world, equivalent to approximately half of the country’s gross domestic product.

Results by the Numbers

  • More than 9,000 farmers and other producers applied new technologies and management practices with Feed the Future’s help last year.

  • Producers applied improved technologies and management practices on nearly 3,700 hectares of land with Feed the Future’s help.

  • More than 78,000 households benefited directly from Feed the Future in Tajikistan.

  • Producers used new, improved or rehabilitated irrigation services on more than

Tajikistan is a small, landlocked, low-income country located in Central Asia. It is the poorest of the Commonwealth of Independent States. Only seven percent of Tajikistan’s land is arable; however, agriculture is a cornerstone of the economy. The agriculture sector in Tajikistan offers a solid foundation for economic development. Of approximately 8 million Tajiks, over 70 percent live in rural, agricultural areas. Focusing on agriculture growth is one of the most effective ways to reduce rural poverty.

The Government of Tajikistan is committed to implementing a progressive set of economic development, agricultural, and health reforms to improve food security

Feed the Future supports the following programs, partnerships and organizations in Tajikistan.

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Target Regions

Map of Feed the Future target regions in Tajikistan