Higher Education for Central Asia Food Systems and Standards
The Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies in cooperation with partners (a consortium of ten organizations) is implementing the project "Higher Education for Central Asia Food Systems and Standards in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan". The project is financed by the European Union Program (EU) ERASMUS + , main line 2 "Enhancing the potential of higher education".
The overall project objective is supporting the modernization of the higher education system for the implementation of international food production and processing systems and standards in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, thus enhancing the export potential of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The project team is focused at bringing the higher education system to the needs of the production and processing industry in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.
Along with other components / activities, the project contributes to strengthening the links between higher education institutions and food processing enterprises. The project aims to enhance and promote close cooperation between higher education institutions in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and the EU countries.
The project was set up at the initiative of Tajik and Kyrgyz SMEs - producers and processors of food products. It contributes to the attainment of the following goals: Higher education in the Republic of Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic will be modernized through the development and implementation of training modules in 4 universities (2 in Tajikistan and 2 in Kyrgyzstan);
- The content of higher education will be consistent with the needs of the production and processing industries
- Increasing the capacity of higher education institutions by increasing the professionalism of teachers and developing the educational infrastructure;
- Establishment of links between institutions of higher education and processing enterprises in the Republic of Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic;
- Establishment of links between institutions of higher education in the Republic of Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic and the EU countries.
Within the framework of the project, the consortium will develop and implement training modules on standards and systems for ensuring food safety at the level of producers / farmers (Global GAP - good agricultural practice) and processors (HACCP – Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point). In the long term, the project will allow regional food processing SMEs to meet the requirements of external markets to ensure food safety and to enhance competitiveness.