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Transforming Lives

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Alisher Abdullajonov, founder of VOOLEN TEKS (left) negotiating trade deals during B2B meeting

Business owner Alisher Abdullajonov, founder of VOOLEN TEKS, had long wanted to expand his company’s exports to Kazakhstan, but was hindered by a lack of business contacts with Kazakhstani importers. After contacting the Tashkent Chamber of Commerce and Industry and inquiring about how to expand into new markets, Abdullajonov was referred to a USAID project that significantly changed the course of his business.

TB awareness session

Although significant progress has been made on tuberculosis (TB) detection and treatment in Uzbekistan in recent years, TB incidence is estimated at 128 per 100,000 people a year—the fifth highest in the European region. In addition, 2010 World Health Organization (WHO) estimates show that case detection remains low at 48 percent compared with the organization’s recommended level of 70 percent.

Farmers learn the intensive orchard method to increase crop yield and quality.

The USAID Agricultural Linkages Plus Project (AgLinks Plus) and its partners are leading efforts to transform the Uzbekistan fruit tree sector. Working with Uzbek researchers, commercial nurseries and farmers, this public-private partnership that began in 2011 is helping to turn the country's fruit orchards into tranquil oases.

New budding techniques are saving this farmer a whole year of production.

An Uzbek horticultural exchange program initiated by USAID brought 38 farmers, agribusiness owners and employees, nursery owners, extension agents and government officials to California for four seasonal trips timed to coincide with the Uzbek and California 2012 cropping seasons. Each trip focused on a specific theme: pruning and trellising fruit trees and grapes, best nursery practices, best cold storage practices, and grape and raisin production best practices. In summer 2013, USAID will host the first program to bring Californian horticulturalists to Uzbekistan to reconnect with alumni and visit orchards, nurseries and cold storage facilities.

Cartoon drawings illustrating symptoms of tuberculosis

A public service announcement (PSA) on tuberculosis (TB) developed by USAID enabled a young father of two to identify his disease and obtain qualified medical help.