"Dark Horse" of the Export Market – How Talas Achieved International Fame
Several years ago, Kyrgyzstan's smallest and least populated northern region made a surprising breakthrough into the global agriculture market by becoming one of top twenty exporters of kidney beans, rivaling such giants as China, Argentina, and Egypt. The phenomenon, which became known as the "Talas Wonder", is also remarkable due to the fact that historically Kyrgyzstan never had a substantial kidney bean production. Furthermore, the export build-up and global market penetration happened without any government support, and was entirely through the efforts of small farmers.
"Talas Wonder" has generated considerable interest among researchers. In 2018, UCA’s Institute of Public Policy and Administration conducted a study on the “Production and Exports of Kidney Beans in the Kyrgyz Republic: Value Chain Analysis” (English, Russian), which not only detailed how this success came to be, but also offered various scenarios of further development. Read more.