Central Asia is home to the largest remaining wild fruit and nut forests in the world. The area is widely known as ‘Eden’, reflecting the high diversity of edible fruit and nut species and their important role in human history and culture. Among the fruits originating from the rich montane landscapes of Central Asia are apple, pear, cherry and apricot.
This man is wrapping pears for market in the Rasht region of Tajikistan. This helps the pears to ripen and also protects them during transport. While communities around the world increasingly suffer from food insecurity caused by the homogenization of economic and agricultural systems, many farming communities in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan are stewarding their rich agrobiodiversity and blending it with local market development to determine their own abundant food futures.
Credit: Nicolas Villaume