Agricultural Productivity, Poverty and Export Potential in Talas Oblast of Kyrgyzstan

Date: 24 January 2013
Location: UCA Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Other languages: Русский язык |

Speaker: Kanat Tilekeyev
Date: 24 January 2013, 4 pm
Venue: University of Central Asia, 138 Toktogul Street, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. Conference Room.

Poverty in Kyrgyzstan has been an important and persistent problem since independence in the 1990s. Despite a decrease in poverty rates in the last decade, rates continue to be high. Remote rural areas have lower potential for economic growth, and demonstrate higher and more volatile levels of poverty that are sensitive to external negative factors. This lecture will present findings from research on the determinants of rural poverty in the remote area of Talas oblast of Kyrgyzstan. The research focused on the main factors determining rural poverty to improve the theoretical basis of agricultural research in the region, and produce practical recommendations for growth in the sector.  The research found a statistically significant link between poverty and production efficiency at the household level.   The presentation will also include an overview of rural production, the results of alternative poverty measurement in the region, and the case for the new export potential of Talas beans, which has developed in recent years.  

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Kanat Tilekeyev, is Research Fellow of the Institute of Public Policy and Administration of University of Central Asia (UCA). As a Graduate Fellow with the UCA Central Asian Faculty Development Programme, Kanat recently received his PhD in Economics, and his Master’s Degree in Transition Studies from the Economics and Business Studies Faculty at the Justus-Liebig-University-Giessen in Germany. Kanat received his Diploma in Economics from the Kyrgyz Agricultural Institute (1994), where he also worked as an economist and agricultural specialist.  Kanat also has experience working as economist with the United States Agency for International Development, the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme on projects on fiscal reform, rural development, customs issues and the food industry. He also worked in the private sector in food processing, agricultural production and business consulting.  
The presentation will be conducted in English. Russian translation is provided upon prior request.

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