[주제: 우즈베키스탄의 녹색 성장을 위한 토양 테스트 현대화 (Modernizing soil testing for green growth in Uzbekistan)]
WB 유럽 및 중부지역(ECA) 수석 농경제학자
Uzbekistan is undergoing transition from state-led to market economy, with recent attention to make this transition green. Agriculture is a large part of the economy and is highly exposed to the impact of climate change. Improving soil fertility management is one of key priorities for supporting climate change adaptation and mitigation, but getting it moving in Uzbekistan requires an overhaul of the previous approaches, which focused on controlling what farmers do, and agricultural public institutions on soil testing, soil information systems, and research and advisory services. This overhaul has started in 2020, following the approval of the Strategy for Agriculture Development 2020-2030. The World Bank supports Uzbek Ministry of Agriculture in strengthening its relevant institutions, including through the Agriculture Modernization Project and technical assistance financed by Korean Green Growth Trust Fund. The presentation will describe recent developments and challenges to create an integrated system for soil testing and soil management in Uzbekistan and how the partnership with Korea’s Rural Development Administration supports this process.