The United States and Israeli Embassies in Baku are excited to announce the launch of an innovative collaboration with Azerbaijan State Agricultural University (ASAU) to develop Azerbaijan’s agricultural potential. The project will establish five orchard demonstration plots to model 21st century apple, cherry, nectarine, plum, and pomegranate production practices at the university’s research station outside Ganja.
The demonstration plots will showcase state-of-the-art U.S. and Israeli technology and practices, and will serve as a platform for teaching modern intensive cultivation methods, building the university’s capacity to facilitate the efficient production of high-quality fruit in Azerbaijan. The project will help Azerbaijani farmers increase exports and incomes.
“The U.S. and Israel, both leaders in 21st century agriculture, are impressed with ASAU’s ability to partner with us to support the competitiveness of Azerbaijan’s agricultural sector with this important project. Intensive orchards provide for more productive, environmentally responsible, and profitable cultivation than traditional orchards. This new project will help Azerbaijani farmers, growers and agronomists grow more fruit using less water, which will support increased sales and exports,” according to a statement by U.S. Ambassador Litzenberger and Israeli Ambassador Deek.
The program will be jointly funded by USAID/Azerbaijan and the Embassy of Israel in Azerbaijan through its MASHAV Agency for International Development Cooperation, and implemented by both USAID/Azerbaijan’s Private Sector Activity and MASHAV in partnership with ASAU. Together, the partners will contribute to their shared goals of diversifying Azerbaijan’s non-oil economy and increasing rural incomes, while building stronger, more resilient communities.