13 May 2019, Kemin, Kyrgyzstan - Laboratory assistant Mayram Koychumanova walks in phytosanitary laboratory in Kemin some 80 km from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The project Developing Capacity for Strengthening Food Security and Nutrition in Selected Countries of the Caucasus and Central Asia funded by the Russian Federation - aims to operationalize the linkages between social protection, food security, nutrition and agriculture for a comprehensive approach to contribute to the sustainable eradication of poverty and food insecurity. This approach is tested in six pilots, which provide the evidence base on the impact of an integrated approach on development outcomes.Pilots includes: School food and nutrition program linked to the agricultural sector in Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, Strengthening food systems for nutrition sensitive social protection Armenia and Kyrgyzstan and Promoting inclusive economic growth through matching grants for families of
migrants in Tajikistan. The strategy behind the project is to build capacities between the global, regional and national levels for greater policy and implementation coherence of food security, nutrition efforts and social protection, using agriculture as the binding essence. The underlying
principle of the project is to Build Capacities to Strengthen Capacities.