THE CHRISTENSEN FUND: Central Asia Program

Deadline: 
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 00:00
Discipline: 
Open
Region: 
Asia

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The Central Asia program’s primary grantmaking theme is Living on and Sustaining Resilient Biocultural LandscapesWithin it are two subthemes, each with its own priority landscapes.

-  Innovative Dehkans (peasants)

This part of the program focuses on support for Central Asian peasants –Dehkans – and their innovations and practices that sustain the agrobiodiversity of fruits, nuts, root crops, cereals and their wild relatives; medicinal and wild food plants and herbs and the associated agro-ecosystems, cultural land management practices, and livelihoods necessary to maintain this diversity. Over the last decade we have supported dehkans and communities that have rescued hundreds of varieties of fruit and nut trees from the verge of extinction. Now we are working to enable farmers to reestablish these varieties across their fields and landscapes for a host of economic, nutritional, cultural and spiritual benefits.

- Felt People (pastoralists)

This cluster of work is around nomadic pastoralists who live in mobile felt dwellings, hence their self-identification as the “people of the felt walls.” Traditional land use systems of nomadic pastoralism have been substantially eroded over seventy years of Soviet alienation through settlement, collectivization, and the industrialization of livestock production, followed by a chaotic transition to independence and the free market. Substantial efforts are now underway to re-establish reciprocal relationships between cultures, identity, livelihoods and ecology. 

The Christensen Fund is currently reviewing its work to determine the next iteration of our grantmaking themes, priorities and strategies. We began this process at the end of 2017 and it will continue through 2018. During this review period, the fund will not have an open call for applications for funding in 2019.