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Enhancing Sustainable Food Chains: The new educational project in Central Asia

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To promote sustainable development and enhance educational capacity, a transformative project in Central Asia has launched its activities. The initiative, titled "Professional Development of Teachers in Central Asia for Sustainable Training in Food Technologies and the Development of Food Technology Study Programmes (Double Degree Programme) for the Advancement of New Professionals in the Central Asia Region," is spearheaded by the Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies. Collaborating closely with Central Asia universities, specifically Tashkent's Chemical-Technological Institute and Bukhara Engineering and Technology Institute, the project sets out to elevate the academic capabilities of teaching staff. The ultimate aim is to enhance the content and methodology of studies in food technology, preparing a new generation of high-level professionals to contribute to the development of sustainable food chains in Central Asia.

This project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and supported by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.Project Overview:

Commencing in the autumn of 2023 and slated for completion in winter 2025, the project in Central Asia is strategically designed to address critical gaps in the education and training of professionals in the field of food technology. With a focus on teacher development, the project seeks to empower educators to impart cutting-edge knowledge and skills, ensuring that future professionals are equipped to navigate the complexities of sustainable food chains.


1. Academic Capacity Building:

The cornerstone of the project lies in the enhancement of the academic capabilities of teaching staff. Workshops, training sessions, and collaborative initiatives with Central Asian universities will enable educators to stay abreast of the latest advancements in food technology.

2. Curriculum Enhancement:

Recognizing the dynamic nature of the food technology landscape, the project aims to revitalize study programs. By infusing new content and methodologies, the curriculum will reflect the latest industry trends, preparing students for real-world challenges in the realm of sustainable food chains.

Double Degree Programme:

A key innovation of the project is the introduction of a double degree programme. This initiative not only enriches the academic experience for students but also fosters collaboration between universities, encouraging the exchange of knowledge and best practices.

3. Significance for Central Asia:

Central Asia, with its diverse cultural and geographical landscape, presents a unique set of challenges and opportunities in the realm of food technology. By investing in the professional development of teachers and students, the project aims to be a catalyst for positive change. The region stands to benefit from a pool of highly skilled professionals who can drive innovation, contribute to sustainable food production, and elevate the overall resilience of the food supply chain.


The project, coordinated by the Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies in collaboration with Central Asian universities, marks a significant step toward fostering sustainable development in Central Asia. By focusing on the professional development of teachers and the enhancement of study programs, the initiative aspires to create a cadre of skilled professionals capable of addressing the unique challenges in the region's food technology sector. As the project unfolds, it holds the promise of not only transforming education but also contributing to the broader goal of shaping a future worth living for the people of Central Asia.


Submitted on: 04/12/2023