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Project: AgroDev

The project aims to modernize agro-industry related higher education, thus promoting implementation and effective management of sustainable agro-food production systems in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

Project information

Project name
AgroDev: The Development of Higher Education Content to Support Industry in the Sustainable Production of High Quality Agri-food
Project manager
Heiko Fritz
Other project members
Chris High
Participating organizations
Linnaeus University; Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies, Latvia; Naryn State University, Kyrgyz National Agrarian University, Kyrgyzstan; Tashkent State University of Economics (Samarkand), Tashkent State Agrarian University, Uzbekistan; University of Agriculture in Krakow, Poland; Hilfswerk International, Austria
EU Erasmus+ programme
15 Jan 2021–14 Jan 2024
Peace and Development Studies (Department of Social Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences)

More about the project

The project aims to support the development of content, teaching and support systems of higher education, to produce the highly skilled specialists that better meet the needs of the agro-industrial sector of Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. In addition to the development and implementation of the study content and the improvement of the study environment, the project contributes to strengthening the cooperation between higher education institutions and agro-industrial enterprises  in Central Asia. It also enhances the partnership among universities in Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and EU countries.

The project aims to achieve the following objectives in four Central Asia universities:

  • To modernize agro-food production related study programmes.
  • To promote availability of knowledgeable and skilful specialists for the agro-food production industry.
  • To develop the capacity of academic staff.
  • To improve the study environment. 
  • To strengthen links among universities and the agro-food production industry. 
  • To enhance networking among Central Asia’s and EU’s higher education institutions.

The project will allow regional producers to apply internationally recognized good agricultural practices to sustainable agribusiness management. This will assist in achieving increased efficiency and competitiveness of the industry, support business development, and provide local consumers with safe food products and a clean environment, thus indirectly contributing to regional and rural development.


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