World Bank cancels sustainable livestock development program in Kazakhstan

BAKU, Azerbaijan, April 21. The World Bank has canceled Kazakhstan’s sustainable livestock development program for results program, at the request of the government of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Trend reports quoting the World Bank (WB).

In a letter dated January 14, 2022, the Government of Kazakhstan requested the cancellation of the loan mobilization for the Livestock Sustainable Development Program for Results, citing concerns regarding the financial instrument – ​​program for results – in favor of more immediate needs for the Support budget.

The $500 million loan agreement was signed on May 14, 2021. Designed jointly with the Ministry of Agriculture, the program aimed to support the development of environmentally sustainable, inclusive and competitive beef production in Kazakhstan.

The program responded to a number of high-level priorities and national objectives in the agricultural sector, such as export diversification and improved rural livelihoods. It also aimed to increase agricultural productivity, while ensuring green growth and sustainability policies to promote climate-smart practices for sustainable beef cattle production.

The preparation phase included a full range of activities aimed at strengthening the capacity and performance of the implementing agencies involved as well as sensitizing the various stakeholders. The World Bank has mobilized $0.5 million from the Korea Green Growth Trust Fund for key analyzes and technical assistance in critical areas of livestock practices and environmental monitoring. Good practice notes have been drawn up for breeding and grassland management and given to the national partner to serve as a reference for training and advice. In addition, a monitoring, verification and reporting (MRV) system for greenhouse gases in the livestock sector has been developed and delivered to national counterparts. A series of virtual workshops in partnership with the Global Research Alliance (GRA) and the Food Agriculture Organization (FAO) facilitated the exchange of experiences on calculating and mitigating GHG emissions from food supply chains. breeding.

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