Capacity building of women-farmers in agricultural production management within the GEM project

  • Improved quality and yield of agricultural products of all 50 WPGs as well as increased value-addition products such as dried fruits and canned vegetables enabling WPGs to sell their products with better prices and to become more powerful market actors. Product yields were improved from 70% to 127%. These product increase results are based on formal evaluations conducted through the harvest approbation method during the harvest periods in 2017

  • Around women’s empowerment, all the PG roles are held by women. WPG leaders’ ability was developed to make well-informed business management decisions that result in increased revenue per hectare. WPG leaders also began to negotiate with input suppliers, buyers and other market actors more confidently. On one hand, this helped to convince PG members to establish long-term cooperation with input suppliers and sign agreements for the joint purchase of seeds as well as jointly selling their products. According to quantitative evidence gathered through surveys, WPGs were able to jointly sell about 490,7 tons of products for 1 234 955 TJS. Besides, PGs opened 3 trade points in the local markets. On another hand, private sectors actor is showing greater interest to have trade deals with WPGs. For example, 37 long-term agreements signed between WPGs and private sector actors

  • There are also multiplier effects from the project. High quality seeds of vegetables and new fruit drying technologies, which were demonstrated in the framework of the project and successfully applied by PGs’ members, today are popular and used by other farmers in the project target districts

  • The farmer survey, conducted one year after the project ended, showed that all 50 Women Producer Groups continue to work together and apply presented technologies and methods on crop management and climate resilient farming techniques as well as ways for access to market and climate information through introduced digital services


Use case

Access to market | Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services | Sustainable farming


Oxfam GB

Focus Area

Higher incomes of smallholder farmers benefit members of households through increased women’s agency, greater resilience to climate extremes and improved power in markets


May 15, 2014 – November 30, 2017


Five districts of the Kulob zone of the Khatlon region: Kulob, Vakhsh Vose, Farkhor and Muminobod


Women smallholder farmers and their families, Women Producer Groups (WPGs), SMEs, private entrepreneurs and other agricultural producers


Key activities

  • Conduction of market research in the project target districts

  • Designing of business modules for Women Producer Groups

  • Formation and capacity building activities of Women Producer Groups (WPGs)

  • Establishment of a Training and Demonstration Centre in the target area

  • Demonstration and replication of new and climate resilience technologies (drip irrigation system, tunnel greenhouses, intercropping, methods of fruit drying)

  • Facilitation and support of WPGs for access to new markets

  • Facilitation of joint activities (joint purchasing of inputs and selling of products) of Women Producer Groups