From predatory bugs to future-proofing: 10 years of lessons on trade from Central Asia

In Tajikistan, dried fruit companies are increasingly reaching markets abroad, allowing them to expand jobs for their communities. Photos: Karen Cirillo / UNDP

Global markets are ruthless.

Ten years ago, we began with pushing local products to regional and global markets.

Anvar Khodjimirzaev launched Dambog Poiyabzali Savdo in 2008 in Namangan, Uzbekistan. The factory grew from producing 600 pairs/month in 2008 to 8000/month in 2017. This year they are testing sales in Naorobi, Kenya.
The Association of beekeepers “Naryn Uyuk” in Kyrgyzstan produce and export a rare white honey that is prized in countries like China and Japan.
Islombek and Nasrullo are about to open a new facility for up to 400 staff.
The diary company has provided income for thousands of small milk producers and created employment for milk collectors like Doolot (left).
Nurilya’s successful business has created 27 new jobs and provides additional income for up to 3,000* (mostly) women who sell their milk to the factory.

What you don’t know can hurt you and your business

Another issue our producers face is limited access to information that will help them mitigate problems and connect with markets. Where are the best seeds being sold? What’s the likelihood that pests may destroy crops at certain times of the year? New data is helping farmers to answer these questions.

A farmer uses predatory bugs on his fruit trees in Uzbekistan.
Nodira Avezova is a agricultural leader in her Tajikistan region. She uses AIMS to keep up to date, and to develop new lines of growth, like silkworm harvesting.

Data can also radically improve market intelligence.

That brings us to trade intelligence. You can make the most delicious vegan mulberry bars from the Pamir mountains, but if you don’t know where the markets are and what their standards are, it will be next to impossible to pitch your product. These unique products don’t need to compete on price and quantity, but they do need access to the right markets. We have calculated that $1 worth of investment in trade intelligence leverages $35 in revenue.

Prediction is everything.

The often cited US$12 trillion in business opportunities which will be unlocked if we achieve the SDGs are partially based on these megatrends. Our aim is to make these opportunities visible to governments and the private sector in Central Asia.

Sanobar Tojibaeva is always experimenting with new ideas and her textile company is now exporting to Russia.
Asatullo Habibbulloev of Tajikistan brings the latest in technology and agro-information to his community.

For our next act…

As we enter the next stage of the Aid for Trade project, we will be supporting the private sector to identify products that are sustainable and future-proofed, and create good jobs. We will also continue to support our governments to continue to run these analyses to understand where future opportunities lie.

The Association of beekeepers “Naryn Uyuk” in the Kyrgyzstan mountains.



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