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February 7, 2014

USAID/Kyrgyz Republic produced a 2014 wall calendar that includes images of beneficiaries and brief captions telling about USAID assistance in the country. The calendar includes images of projects working to improve the quality of education, health care services, youth support, local economic development, agricultural productivity, food security and independent media in the Kyrgyz Republic. USAID's successes in cooperation are highlighted throughout the calendar.

December 20, 2013

This report summarizes the findings of the 2012 Kyrgyz Republic Demographic and Health Survey (KgDHS) conducted by the National Statistical Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. Support for the 2012 KgDHS was provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as part of the MEASURE DHS project. Additional funding and support for the 2012 KgDHS was received from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

December 1, 2013

Water is a vital resource given the Kyrgyz Republic‟s dry climate, which is used not only for production, but also for livelihoods and many other purposes, making dependency of rural population on it even stronger. In the case of irrigation water, the predicament arises from competition to use more of a scarce resource. The growing competition over access to irrigation water has been fueling conflicts in many rural areas. Seasonal water scarcity during agricultural season from April to September is especially acute in the south of the country, where due to limited areas of arable land, high population density, lack of off-farm employment possibilities, the majority of farms are smallholding farmers, with tiny plots of approximately 0.2 ha per household.

ACTED, the implementing partner for the Conflict Mitigation through Targeted Analysis and Community Action (COMTACA) Project funded by the USAID, in its aim to directly support local communities and the Government in its will to identify vectors of conflicts, dispute mechanism and peace building activities contracted RDF to undertake multiple actions. It explored the origins and drivers of conflicts around irrigation water, as well identified courses of action for government, civil society, or community leaders to relieve or resolve existing or emerging disputes over access to and use of irrigation water in the South of Kyrgyz Republic. The research employed various qualitative methods, such as desk review of major legal and background information, focus group discussions, expert interviews, and in-depth interviews of major stakeholders.

November 1, 2013

The Kyrgyz Republic is the only freely elected parliamentary democracy in post-Soviet Central Asia, and in 2011, was the first in the region to experience a peaceful transfer of presidential power.

Water and Hope Flow Back into Kyrgyzstan's Hard-Hit South

Renovation of Soviet-era irrigation system brings 10,000 hectares of farmland back to life.