WFP operations aim to improve household food security and promote investment in human capital. WFP also works on preserving and rehabilitating assets through recovery activities including food for education, food for work, support to tuberculosis patients and support to supplementary and therapeutic feeding programmes.
WFP continues to provide relief food aid to the victims of natural disasters. Under WFP's current operation, some 560,000 people receive food assistance with 24,068 metric tons of food at an overall cost of US$18,6 million.
WFP activities include:
School Feeding: WFP provides hot meals to 360,000 children in rural primary schools to encourage their attendance and enhance their concentration on their lessons. The girls and boys get a bowl of split-pea soup (supplemented with fresh vegetables supplied by the parents) and bread baked with WFP fortified wheat flour.
Support to malnourished children, pregnant and lactating women and tuberculosis patients: Acutely malnourished children are being treated through Therapeutic and Supplementary-feeding programmes. WFP also assists food-insecure households. TB patients receive family food rations as an incentive to continue the DOTS treatment.
Food for work: Women and men receive a WFP food ration in return for working on building a community asset such as an irrigation canal or water supply. Water is one of the most precious resources in rural Tajikistan and can make a huge difference in people’s daily lives.
Vulnerable Group Feeding: WFP gives a two to three-month basic ration of wheat flour, vegetable oil, salt and pulses to the most destitute families. This ration is distributed twice a year – during the lean season (April/May) before the summer harvest and before winter in November and December. Without this assistance families would be forced to resort to begging and selling their assets.