Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) – Organic Cotton Production and Promotion of Trade in Kyrgyzstan

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Project Status: Closed
Project at-a-glance
Project Name Organic Cotton Production and Promotion of Trade in Kyrgyzstan
Sector/Subsector Private sector development
Country Kyrgyz Republic
Project Opening Date 2013
Project Closing Date 2016
Responsible Institution
Responsible International Financial Institution State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO, Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation
Responsible Executive Agencies

Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation

Strategic Agenda
  • Economy and Employment
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development

During the first stage of the project (2003-2006), a value chain was established for organic cotton as a leading crop. To maintain the stability of the value chain, during the second phase of the project (2007-2011), a local structure was set up in the form of Public Union of Bio Farmer and Public Fund Bio Service. Today, Public Union Bio Farmer is reformed into an Agricultural Commodity-Service Cooperative ‘Bio Farmer’ and includes over 1,200 members, farming over 2,500 hectares. The Cooperative is also working on developing new value chains for such products as medicinal and aromatic plants and beans. In addition to organic certificates, the Cooperative also has a Fairtrade certificate, which was received for cotton in 2008. Public Fund Bio Service offers professional services, including training, certification and marketing of organic products. Bio Service also develops new initiatives for the introduction of organic business initiatives.

During the third phase (2012-2016) the project will support the emerging organic sector by attracting more players to join the movement, supporting local market development and contributing to a more conducive environment.

Source of Funding

State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO, Helvetas

Amount of Funding

CHF 1.9 mio

Project Outcome

Over subsequent years, the production of organic cotton has been steadily increased to the point where 366 Tonnes were exported successfully to Europe in 2012.

By 2012, both Bio Farmer and Bio Service had developed professional business plans, which they are now implementing, and which predict financial breakevens for both organizations in 2015.

The project has developed an effective internal control system, which insures testing of organic cotton and compliance with international standards.

Contact Information of International Financial Institution
Organization/Department State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO, Economic Cooperation and Development
Address Holzikofenweg 36, 3003 Bern / Schweiz
Postal Code CH-3003 Bern
Country Switzerland
Phone +41 (0)58 462 14 98




Contact Information of International Financial Institution - 2
Organization/Department Embassy of Switzerland in the Kyrgyz Republic
Name Elena Zakirova
Address 21 Erkindik blvrd., Bishkek
Postal Code 720040
Country Kyrgyz Republic
Phone +996 (312) 301 036




Contact Information of Project Implementer
Organization/Department Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation
Address 7 Liniya Str., Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Postal Code 720044
Country Kyrgyz Republic
Phone +996 (3234) 51468