A workshop has been held in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) from 6 to 9 September 2021, gathering women organizations from Uzbekistan (Mohira Bonu); Kazakhstan (Zher Ana–Astana); Kyrgyzstan (ADI); Tajikistan (Tomiris). All organizations are strongly committed to support rural women populations in developing agroecology. Central Asia is a region where agroecology is deeply rooted (and where agroecology concept is widely unkown).
Schola Campesina and ADI facilitated this 4-days workshop on Agroecology and TAPE (Tool for Agroecology Performance Evaluation). The workshop covered topics such as Food system governance, Agroecology in Central Asia, agroecology schools and the potential of TAPE to promote local approach of agroecology. The workshop benefitted from inputs from FAO officials Carolina Starr (GIHAS and biodiversity) and Dono Abdurazakova (Gender expert).
It has been an extraordinary opportunity to exchange experiences and strenghten women grassroots organizations in Central Asia, exploring future and promising collaboration. Collaboration is greatly needed to give visibility at regional level to everyday agroecology, to gain public support as well as supportive legislation and policies.