Agri-food Production and Processing in Central Asia  – REAP

Lead Applicant: The regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC), Kazakhstan

Project partner:

  • Austria Recycling (Austria)
  • adelphi (Germany)
  • National Association of Small and Medium Business of the Republic of Tajikistan (NASMBRT), Tajikistan
  • STENUM Asia Sustainable Development Society (India)
  • The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Uzbekistan (CCIU), Uzbekistan
  • The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India

Primary beneficiaries: Agri-food production & processing MSMEs in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan

Funding: European Commission (SWITCH-Asia and Central Asia II)

The aim of REAP– as a follow-up project to Metabuild – is to increase resource efficiency in around 400 companies in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. REAP is promoting Sustainable Consumption & Production (SCP) practices in the in the Agri-Food Production & Processing Industry along the entire supply chain. Business cases for resource efficiency measures are developed by MSMEs and supporting companies also aiming for showing bankable projects to financial institutions.

In a first step, 40 trainers will be selected and trained in resource efficiency and cleaner production with a strong focus on the respective sector. During the project and beyond, they will advise and support the companies regarding resource efficiency and sustainable development.

In the selected enterprises, the status quo is determined and the potential for improvement identified. On this basis, the companies work together with REAP experts to work out an implementation plan to improve resource efficiency and sustainable development. The implementation of the measures is documented and the savings achieved are evaluated. The aim is to create examples that encourage other enterprises to follow – even beyond the project’s scope (sectors and timespan).

Project duration: 2020 to 2024(February)

Planned Results: Work will be carried out in a total of 400 companies and implementation will be accompanied. On average, specific resource consumption will be reduced by around 10% and 20% on energy and 15% specific waste will be saved. In addition, advisory capacities will be built up in both countries, which will disseminate the SCP approach and run ‘SCP cells’ beyond the duration of the project. At the same time, access to financing will be facilitated and a broad political dialogue on SCP will be encouraged.


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