In Memory of Saparbek Ramazanovich

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Alymkulov Saparbek Ramazanovich. Saparbek was an inspiring and avid supporter of the organic movement who initiated its establishment in Kyrgyzstan (BIO-KG Federation of Organic Development).

Saparbek (second from the right with a beret hat) with some of his colleagues

Born on 30 July 1960 in the village of Sakaldy, Nooken district, Jalal-Abad region, he successfully graduated with honors from the Faculty of Foreign Languages of the Osh Pedagogical Institute (1977-1982).  In 1995, he set up professional cooperations with non-profit foreign organizations, attended advanced training courses in the UK, USA and graduated from the IFOAM – Organics International Academy.

I first met Sapar at the OLC 2013 in India. His son Asan, one of our ALGOA OFC trainees, works with Iskender at Bio-KG and is one of the core persons behind the Asia Organic Youth Forum. Sapar was one of the warmest persons I have met and we will miss him.

Jennifer Chang
Vice President, IFOAM - Organics International 

As a specialist in a number of organic standards, including ISO / HACCP and Fairtrade, he took an active part in the creation of agricultural platforms in Kyrgyzstan, in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries on the basis of the organic movement IFOAM Euro-Asia. He was also in the working group for designing KONAP (Kyrgyz Organic National Action Plan) and a cofounder of creating Organic Aymaks (organic villages). 

Being the passionate hard worker that he was, his work did not go unnoticed. He was awarded the Certificate of Honor of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Industry and Melioration of the Kyrgyz Republic, the State Regional Administration of the Jalal-Abad Region of the Kyrgyz Republic for the achievements and promotion of the interests of organic agriculture as a priority area in the country's economy.

Saparbek is survived by two sons and three daughters, and he will be dearly missed by all.