Tajikistan: Rural Development Project

Evaluation Document | 21 December 2016

Agriculture has contributed significantly to economic growth and poverty reduction in Tajikistan. To reach its potential, it must overcome a number of challenges as it continues its transition to a market economy. Several constraints are impeding rural development in Tajikistan such as limited freedom to farm and conduct business, severe land degradation, limited availability of support services, poor infrastructure, and weak institutions. Addressing these restrictive conditions became an urgent agenda for the rural development project.

The project aims to increase farm and nonfarm incomes of rural households to be implemented in five contiguous raions affecting a total rural population of more than half a million. This is to be undertaken by increasing productivity within an environmentally sustainable framework of farms and rural enterprises in the project districts.

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Less than successful.