The USAID Agro Horizon Project promotes economic growth by increasing employment in the agricultural sector, especially for women and youth, while improving the availability of nutritious foods and increasing the market share of the targeted crops in both domestic and foreign markets. The geographic focus areas of Agro Horizon comprise Osh, Batken, Jalalabad, and Naryn oblasts. The project’s programming employs a market systems approach and promotes inclusive value chains development. Agro Horizon provides support to SMEs operating in target value chains in development of their supply base, adoption of quality and food safety management systems, and marketing of processed products.
Agro Horizon Project facilitated establishment of an edible oil production facility in Uzgen, Osh oblast with the capacity to process 15 thousand tons of oil crops per year. The facility can produce oil from safflower, soybean, rapeseed, cotton seed. Raw material prices as well as profitability is determined by oil content in alternative types of raw material and differs significantly. The role of Cost Benefit Analysis Expert is centered on determining economic feasibility of using alternative types of raw materials for oil production.