The Public Foundation “Rural Advisory Services Jalal-Abad” (RAS JA) offers assistance to rural communities in the area of agriculture and enterprise development in Southern Kyrgyzstan.
Our overall objective is to improve the living standards of the rural population by providing trainings and consultations as well as access to information, credits and agricultural inputs through our network of advisors. We offer support in the fields of agricultural development, agribusiness, development of women and youth initiatives, sustainable and efficient use of natural resources etc.
The organization was founded in 1999 at the initiative of the Government of Kyrgyzstan with the support of the World Bank, IFAD and the Government of Switzerland.Our head office is in Jalal-Abad and sub-offices in all districts of Jalalabad Oblast.
During the last years, RAS JA partnered with and received funding from the following donors and organizations: European Union, German Embassy, GIZ, Helvetas/Swiss Intercooperation, UN WOMEN, USAID etc. Additionally the organization counts with an international advisor supported by the German Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM).
RAS JA closely cooperates with state authorities at local, district and provincial levels, with the Ministry of Agriculture at national level as well as district agricultural departments.
RAS JA is publishing a monthly newspaper called "Beles" in Kyrgyz language which is widely distributed in Jalalabad Oblast as well as to other interested stakeholders. To download the latest editions of "Beles", click below.