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Agriculture Productivity and Nutrition Improvement Project (APNIP)

$38 million to rehabilitate irrigation and drainage systems, build the capacity of water user associations, and provide agricultural extension services.
Photo: Nick van Praag


After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the Kyrgyz Republic was an early adopter of land reform and currently its agriculture sector is driven by small-scale irrigated agriculture and pasture-based livestock production. Two-thirds of the rural population are employed in the sector, with the average farm size less than one hectare and small-scale farmers owning most livestock. The majority of these rural households are dependent on crop and livestock sales for their livelihoods, however household food insecurity is high and fluctuates both seasonally and regionally – particularly among children and women. Most food insecure households rely on a single income, have small household plot sizes and limited livestock. Adverse climatic conditions means irrigated agriculture has a major influence on production, rural household incomes, and consequently on food security in the country.


The Agricultural Productivity and Nutrition Improvement Project (APNIP) increases the agricultural productivity and food security of rural households in selected areas through the rehabilitation of irrigation and drainage infrastructure, improvements to irrigation service delivery at farm level, improved water management by water users’ associations (WUAs) and farmers, the provision of agricultural advisory services and training, and the scaling up of key nutrition interventions. Around 60,000 hectares of on-farm irrigation and drainage systems managed by 30 WUAs will be rehabilitated and managed more efficiently. This represents about 36,000 smallholder farm families or approximately 162,000 people benefiting directly from irrigation and drainage rehabilitation. More than one-half of these farm households irrigate less than one hectare of land, and 20 percent are female-headed households. Agricultural advisory services for improved irrigated crop production and marketing and improved on-farm water management will cover around 50,400 members of WUAs and their households. Nutrition interventions—including community-level nutrition awareness programs and improved domestic gardening to increase dietary diversification—will benefit up to 425,000 people, specifically vulnerable families, women, and children.

Project Status



  • Kyrgyz Republic



Focus area

  • Climate Change
  • Nutrition

Supervising entity

  • World Bank


To date, the project has benefitted 212,322 people. Under its agriculture component, the project conducted 35,378 days of training to raise agricultural productivity, far exceeding the end-of-project target of 7,200 days; improved/rehabilitated irrigation and drainage services for 1,161 hectares of land; and provided 2,096 water users with new or improved/rehabilitated irrigation and drainage services. Under its nutrition component, APNIP facilitated 19 workshops on infant and young child nutrition for 365 medical workers, held 19 workshops on nutrition and anemia among women of reproductive age and adolescent girls for 358 medical workers, and reached 74,479 people with an awareness-raising breastfeeding campaign.


Talaibek Koshmatov

Azad Abdulhamid


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