Irrigation facilities in the cold winter deserts (CWDs) of Uzbekistan are very traditional and poorly managed, resulting in low water use efficiency and low productivity. Improving the irrigation facilities in these deserts is a key priority for the...
Akmal Akramkhanov is a senior scientist at ICARDA with over 15 years of experience in natural resource management, with current research interests in knowledge management to promote sustainable land management, land degradation, sand and dust storm effects, and climate change effects on agriculture. Earlier studies dealt with soil salinity mapping, conservation agriculture, and greenhouse gas emissions.
Current projects deal with strengthening institutional knowledge management (focus countries Moldova, Morocco, and Sudan), ecosystem services valuation related to land degradation (with a focus on Tajikistan), sand and dust storms (with a focus on Uzbekistan) and regional climate information platform (with focus on whole Central Asia). Previously completed projects were related to ‘Knowledge Management in CACILM II’ initiative, CGIAR CRP Dryland Systems in the Aral Sea Basin.
Prior to joining ICARDA, Dr. Akramkhanov worked on assignment as a lead specialist with UNDP Uzbekistan to prepare a project on reducing pressures on non-irrigated land and over several years as a senior researcher at KRASS, a national NGO in Uzbekistan. Much of the research was also in the long-term ZEF/UNESCO project on the economic and ecological restructuring of land- and water use in the Aral Sea Basin led by the University of Bonn.
Dr. Akramkhanov has authored and co-authored more than 20 peer-reviewed publications, including book chapters and conference papers. He was a recipient of several post-graduate scholarship awards to conduct studies and research in New Zealand and Germany. He holds a PhD in Agricultural Sciences from the Center for Development Research (ZEF) at the University of Bonn, Germany.