Organic Agriculture Policy-Implementation Support and Capacity Building in the Kyrgyz Republic


Project Timeline:

Feb 2021 - Dec 2022

Funded by:

Korea Institute for Development Strategy (KDS) on behalf of Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA)

Implementing Target Country:



The agricultural condition of the Issyk-Kul Oblast region is challenged by climate change, soil degradation, deforestation, biodiversity loss, low technology on cash cropping with organic practices, and lack of organic market access.

As such, the project's purpose is to look at strengthening the capacity of climate change adaptation, cooperative production, and marketing strategy needs which need to be strengthened according to the institutional establishment of organic agriculture certification and market. This is in line with the government of the Kyrgyz Republic that has selected a new economic growth model focused on tourism, organic agriculture, and clean energy utilised with a geopolitical position as a member country of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). 

The project has several components:

  • Organic Experts’ Training of Trainers (ToT) and On-Farm Organic Capacity Building Training for farmers,
  • Establishment of the Organic Agricultural Value Chain: consulting for the organic cooperatives, post-harvest management, and marketing for local and export markets, and
  • Establishment of Infrastructure for Organic Agricultural Production and Post-harvest Management, including village and/or cooperative-level pilot projects. 

To improve the farm household’s income from the value chain strengthened and organic agriculture (SDGs: 2 - Zero Hunger, 12-  Sustainable Development, 13 - Climate Action).

To build the organic policy development and management capacity of the stakeholders joining the training, increasing their knowledge on global and regional organic agriculture for the project area and associated crops, strengthen the facilitation capacity of the trainers to increase the multiplier effect of on-the-ground service providers to continue with the training and pilot project/rural development participation. 

The Training of Trainers (ToT) consisted of 2 courses, one in 2021 and one in 2022. Each cohort was attended by 25 participants from Kyrgyzstan who were selected by the donor, Korean Development Agency (KDS). In total 50 participants were training in organics. The participants were mainly government officials and cooperative members. 


ToT 2021

  • 21 - 25 June 
  • 4 - 8 October


ToT 2022

  • 8 - 12 August 
  • 14 - 17 November 


Patricia Flores