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About the project

The agricultural sector is an important source of livelihood for the rural population in Central Asia. At the same time, the region’s agricultural and forest landscapes are threatened by excessive water use, land degradation, overgrazing, and overuse of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) from natural forests. These problems are further exacerbated by population growth and economic development.

Therefore, agroforestry systems, which integrate nut and fruit trees into agricultural production, offer great potential in Central Asia for the sustainable production of high-quality food while mitigating negative environmental impacts and improving adaptation to climate change. However, factors such as lack of knowledge among stakeholders, unreliable marketing channels, and an underdeveloped processing sector currently hamper the spreading of these systems in the region.


Project Goal

The SUFACHAIN project will contribute to the sustainable management of Central Asia’s agricultural and forest landscapes.

The project aims to analyse agroforestry systems and integrate them into local land use, and to develop products and technologies that contribute to sustainable resource use and local value creation. The project focusses on analysing agroforestry and plantation areas to include nut and fruit trees, developing more efficient processing technologies and higher quality food products, improving marketing channels through supply chain transparency, strengthening producer organisations and certification, and increasing local value through valorisation of ecological and social ecosystem services.

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Latest News


SUFACHAIN represented at IUFRO World Congress in Stockholm

On 28th June, doctoral student Philip Schierning presented his research at the IUFRO World Congress in Stockholm. His talk discussed agroforestry systems as a resilient land use strategy for Central Asia on the example of apricot orchards in Southwestern Kyrgyzstan.

SUFACHAIN project workshop in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

On 25th and 26th April, 16 scientists, five entrepreneurs and representatives from four civil society organizations from Germany and Central Asia participated at the Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Agricultural Mechanization Engineers Institute (TIIAME), National Research University, Uzbekistan, for the workshop of the SUFACHAIN project.

Successful Webinar on Carbon Certification in Agroforestry Systems in Central Asia

On 12 December 2023 we organised a webinar on carbon certification for agroforestry systems in Central Asia, which was attended by around 40 people from across Central Asia.


Event Workshop in Tashkent

Scientific Conference ‘Sustainable Agroforestry Value Chains of Nut and Fruit Systems in Central Asia’, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 25th April 2024 In the context of the annual SUFACHAIN project meeting, we are organising a scientific conference on ‘Sustainable Agroforestry Value Chains of Nut and Fruit Systems in Central Asia’. The conference will take place on 25th April…

SUFACHAIN Event 12 December 2023

Event Online workshop on Carbon Certification in Agroforestry Systems in Central Asia 12 December 2023