Kyrgyzstan is a mountainous country with 7 million people and a harsh mainland climate. During winter, temperatures can go below -30°C in high altitude villages and close to -5°C in the capital, Bishkek.
After Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan is the second poorest country in the former CIS (Community of Independent States). The economy is essentially geared to agriculture. The collapse of the USSR slowed the country's production down considerably . Agriculture currently employs half the population and accounts for 35.6% of GDP. Since 2000, the country has experienced numerous energy and food crises.
GERES in Kirghizistan
The food and energy crises faced by the country in recent years have led to very serious food deficiencies, mainly affecting children. This led GERES and BIOM, its Kyrgyz partner association, to set up a pilot greenhouse vegetable production project in 2009, based on the successful experiment conducted by GERES in Ladakh (India).