13 August 2020
University of Central Asia’s Mountain Societies Research Institute held a two-day webinar on August 13-14 on "Pathways to Innovation (P2i) Afghanistan and Tajikistan Research Project Presentations." This video covers research projects covering Tajikistan. For Afghanistan, watch the August 13th webinar at: https://youtu.be/LyAdvTJmw-s About the Webinar Over the past three years University of Central Asia’s Mountain Societies Research Institute (MSRI) has been working closely with Badakhshan University, and Bamiyan University in Afghanistan and Khorog State University in Tajikistan to conduct research, and diffuse technological and scientific knowledge on natural resource management to advance innovation in agricultural production in mountain communities facing challenges in adapting to climate change. This initiative is undertaken through the Pathways to Innovation: Strengthening Mathematics, Science and Economic Policy Capacity in Afghanistan and Central Asia project funded by the International Development Research Centre and the Aga Khan Foundation Canada with a focus on innovative and hands-on research and training to strengthen mathematics, science and economic policy capacities in Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and the Kyrgyz Republic. The research initiative aimed to establish partnerships with select national universities to help them become sustainable agents for the diffusion of new ideas by delivering a program of professional development and mentoring applied research that can also generate new economic opportunities. MSRI worked with researchers at the three universities to design and implement research which examined and analysed issues relevant to the local communities around diverse thematic areas. These include food security, environmental conservation, niche crops, sustainable tourism, farming for income, and protecting water resources.