The soil in Tajikistan is exhausted – a consequence of deforestation, overgrazing and climate change. That is why the harvests of the farming families are getting ever smaller, natural disasters are more frequent and more intense. Together with the Tajik weather service and other stakeholders, Caritas is developing specific weather-water-climate services. These are based on data from innovative and cost-effective weather stations that were developed as part of the project. This enables the farming families to increase their yield and adapt to climate change. It is the only way they can secure their livelihoods.
6,86 million Swiss franks
01.04.2021 - 31.03.2025
Upper Rasht Valley and Khatlon-Region
Households in rural and mountain regions, administration and authorities at district and national level
Project in detail
Thanks to the acquired knowledge about sustainable agricultural practices, the fields worked by this farmer in the district of Muminabad in Tajikistan have changed fundamentally between 2012 and 2020. The soil can absorb and store the water better, the risk of erosion and flooding has been substantially reduced.
«In the past, we often lost half of our harvests because of the changing weather. Now, our fruit trees thrive again thanks to adapted methods. Many farmers are copying us and can improve their income significantly.»Mirzoev Sunnatullo (60)Small farmer
The project is financed by:
- Caritas Switzerland
Header image: Working with the weather instead of against it: That is the motto of the climate projects in Tajikistan. © Reto Albertalli