Amur Darya Diversity Hubs

Looking at the knowledge networks connecting food production and agriculture in Europe, I shifted the focus to Central Asia and developed a system of 'hubs' and a concept for an 'atlas' which together engage international knowledge into a spatial plan for the Aral Sea basin, catalysing agricultural development throughout Central Asia.

Migrations: Central Asia

Agricultural reform throughout Europe has led to migrations towards Tashkent and the Ferghana valley, making these areas intensely multicultural.

Transformations: Central Asia

Large scale spatial planning, repopulation programmes and conflict have left a landscape of global security concern.

Water Peace Nature Life

The national symbols of water, peace, nature and life are in Uzbekistan are in a complex symbiosis after transformations throughout the 20th century. The colours take on new meaning in this Landsat data image: desertification, water control conflict, fallow land and irrigation canals.

Amur Darya Diversity Hubs

Hub 1 Concentrated Solar Power plant with crop variety development facility and test plots. Further test plots will be spread around the Amu Darya basin to test new breeds in extreme environments. First stage commercial seed production is also on site. Capacity builfing schemes for irrigation techniques.

Hub 2 Semi commercial seed and vegetable production plots with a secondary monitoring research facility. With an outlook to on-farm irrigation improving upstream, possible expansion of commercial production and amelioration of fallow land.

Hub 3 Major GIS center for climate, ecology and crop monitoring at the junction of the Great Turkmen Collector. Crucial for monitoring salt content in the collector, salt spooling during field flooding and surface water resources. Works together with the scheme for developing minor lakes of Khorezm for fishing and tourism. Commercial food crop production expands into an amelioration scheme. The first pilot plot for this is Hub 3

Hub 4 Food processing center in Kazakhstan. Vastly better r&d funding and resources. Also doubles up as a food transport hub into Russia with cooled warehousing.

Hub 5 High tech greenhouses with a focus on local demands, aimed at supplying restaurants and smaller markets. Takes advantage of markets acting as key gateways to trade with China.

Khulavat Hub

The challenge for the Khulavat region is the amelioration of unusable land with adapted crop varieties, developed in Hub One. The experimental facility transfers improved crop varieties to phase one Khulavat hub. At this point the outlined area is defined as a hub and grows rice. This phased system of hubs, builds towards the entire Khulavat canal area becoming semi-commercial growing of saline adapted rice and wheat.