Under the old process, farmers were required to appeal to different agencies to obtain signatures and permissions to acquire land-use certificates. These agencies required contradicting documentation, which delayed the process and led to financial losses for farmers. Chemonics addressed these issues by teaching government officials how to streamline the registration process and use the new uniform and nationally recognized property registration documentation in pilot regions.

“Officials can now successfully put this knowledge into practice,” said Akram Kakhorov, head of the State Registry. “The simplified registration system will save farmers’ money, time, and effort, and will increase the number of newly created farms.”

This is a win-win situation in Tajikistan, where increased land rights and streamlined registration processes can not only boost the economy and strengthen food security, but also build a deeper sense of ownership among Tajik citizens.

“We’ve planted the seeds of land ownership, and now we are watching them blossom into healthy and stable communities,” said Ms. Aarnes.