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651637
12/14/2017 - 15:50

The contribution from Kuwait will help WFP to provide urgent food assistance to affected families inside Syria as well as Syrian refugees living in Lebanon and Jordan. More than six million people in Syria do not have enough food to eat and continue to face extremely difficult circumstances due to ongoing insecurity, displacement and poverty. Syrian families who have sought refuge in Lebanon and Jordan struggle to feed their families and desperately depend on support from WFP and resources such as those provided by Kuwait.  
 
“Kuwait has been a pillar of support for the Syrian people hosting three pledging conferences to ensure funding for the most vulnerable in need,” said Muhannad Hadi, WFP Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and East Europe. “This new contribution shows Kuwait’s continued solidarity with the Syrian people and its commitment to help improve their lives amid continuing hardship.”
 
Kuwait is a committed humanitarian supporter and has taken a leading role in the response to the Syria crisis by hosting a series of international humanitarian pledging conferences for Syria between 2013 and 2016. Kuwait contributed large amounts for life-saving assistance during each conference.
 
WFP and Kuwait are longstanding partners. In the past five years alone, Kuwait has provided more than US$138 million to WFP, mainly to support relief efforts for Syrians in need, but also for WFP food assistance programmes globally.
 
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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.
 
To learn more about WFP’s work in Syria and the region, visit:
www.wfp.org/emergencies/syria-emergency
 
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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo, Mob. +201066634352
Dina El-Kassaby, WFP/Cairo, Mob. +201015218882

 

 

KUWAIT CITY – The Government of Kuwait has announced a US$5 million contribution to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) for food assistance to the most vulnerable Syrians affected by the unabating conflict.

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12/13/2017 - 15:47

The rice will be distributed to the children – who are orphans or otherwise vulnerable, and between two and eight years old – at up to 1,600 Neighbourhood Care Points (NCPs) around the country. NCPs provide nutritious food and basic social health services. High levels of HIV/AIDS and high rates of malnutrition within the country mean that the services children receive at the NCPs are crutial to their development and well-being.

Mr. Shuichiro Kawaguchi, Minister Counsellor at the Embassy of Japan, said “this humanitarian food  support is given with the aims of improving the lives and food security of Swaziland’s most vulnerable children, allowing them to feed their dreams.”    

“This donation from Japan comes at a crucial time”, said WFP Swaziland Country Director Alberto Mendes. “It goes a long way to ease the funding shortfalls that have negatively impacted our ability  to help these vulnerable children, who account for nearly half of Swaziland’s under 18 population”.

Food shortages caused by the El Nino–induced drought of recent years persist in Swaziland. Despite the efforts of WFP and its partners, a new study from 2017 Swazi Vulnerability Assessment Committee forecasts that the number of people expected to face food insecurity during the peak of the lean season from October 2017 to March 2018 will reach 177,000 people, mostly women, children and people living with disabilities in the most arid regions of the country, especially in Lubombo and Shiselweni.

Japan has been a consistent donor to WFP in Swaziland, proving vital support at a time with low levels of funding have meant programmatic shortages and supporting emergency assistance during the El Nino induced drought.

 

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For more information please contact (email address: caitlin.fowler@wfp.org):
Caitlin Fowler, WFP/Swaziland, Tel. +268 2404 4962/3

 

 

MBABANE - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a donation of rice valued at US$1.8 million from the Government of Japan to support some 52,000 children in Swaziland for a period of one year.

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12/13/2017 - 12:33

“We express our sincerest gratitude to the European Union and the UK government for their continued and unfailing support,” said WFP Representative and Country Director in Niger, Sory Ouane. “This has been another difficult year for hundreds of thousands of people in Niger due to the changing climate’s impact on agriculture on one hand and regional insecurity on the other. Thanks to the timely support from ECHO and UK Aid, WFP can now ensure that entire families don’t go hungry.”

Refugees, returnees, internally displaced people and the most vulnerable women, men and children at the heart of WFP emergency operations in Niger benefit from this lifeline thrown by the EU and the UK. In the Diffa region – which has been affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in the Lake Chad basin – more than 210,000 people are receiving assistance thanks to EU and UK support. At Niger’s border with Mali – an area also facing great instability – this contribution is supporting more than 60,000 Malian refugees with food assistance.

In addition, thanks to ECHO and UK support, WFP has provided food assistance to some 290.000 vulnerable people during the lean season, when food stocks are low and fields are not yet producing crops. During this season, the most vulnerable people are more likely to leave their homes in search of a way to feed themselves. Recent studies in Niger have shown that people receiving WFP food and nutrition assistance are less likely to migrate during these challenging times and are better equipped to tend to their land, bring in income, and provide for their families throughout the year.  

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

To learn more about WFP in Niger: www.wfp.org/countries/niger

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Tiphaine Walton, WFP/Niger, Tel. +227 92 19 16 81

 

NIAMEY – The European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) have contributed EUR 10.7 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in order to provide vital food assistance for some 755,000 people in Niger.

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12/13/2017 - 10:58

The contribution from the Kuwait Red Crescent Society will help WFP to provide food and nutrition assistance to more than 14,000 refugees in the Cox’s Bazar region. Families will be provided with a nutritious food ration of rice, lentils and vegetable oil for a period of three months.

“It is the first time the Kuwait Red Crescent Society supports WFP’s life-saving food assistance and we look forward to continue our partnership to reach those people that are most in need,” said Abdallah Alwardat, WFP Director in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Region. “This contribution comes at an important moment when the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are facing extremely difficult circumstances.”  

WFP is providing food assistance to people who have been arriving in Bangladesh since late August, and has so far assisted more than 760,000 people. Upon arrival, people receive high energy biscuits. Once settled, they receive fortnightly rations of rice, lentils and oil. WFP has also been providing specialized nutritious foods to families with young children, and to pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers who are particularly at risk of malnutrition.

WFP urgently needs US$18.8 million to continue providing life-saving food assistance for one million people – including new arrivals, people who were already living in camps and host communities – through the end of February 2018.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Dina El-Kassaby, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +2 01015218882
Colin Kampschoer, WFP/Dubai, Mob. +97254724971
Shelley Thakral, WFP/Bangladesh, Mob. +8801755642150

 

 

KUWAIT CITY – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a US$500,000 contribution from the Kuwait Red Crescent Society for urgent food assistance to Rohingya refugees who have fled violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state for safety in Bangladesh.   

651631
12/12/2017 - 14:47

WFP’s Country Strategic Plan (CSP) will begin in Palestine in January 2018.  The Plan is in line with the Palestinian 2017 -2022 National Policy Agenda and Social Development Sector Strategy, which identified continued assistance for food insecure people as a priority to alleviate poverty. The CSP was developed in close collaboration with the Palestinian Authority, government donors and other humanitarian and development partners following an independent strategic review on Food Security and Nutrition.

The strategy aims to improve, by 2022, the dietary diversity of non-refugees, poor and severely food insecure people in Palestine (primarily in Gaza and Area C in the West Bank). Over the period, WFP will seek to support 314,000 vulnerable Palestinians across Gaza and the West Bank with food rations and electronic food vouchers.

As per the independent review, and in the face of declining resources, WFP will concentrate on addressing the greatest needs of those who are especially vulnerable.

This includes all 220,000 severely food-insecure non-refugees, as identified by the National Socio-Economic and Food Security Survey conducted this year; 59,000 of the most vulnerable moderately food-insecure non-refugees living in families headed by women; and 35,000 poor nomadic and semi-nomadic Bedouins and herders living in area C of the West Bank.

WFP’s Country Strategic Plan is also aligned with two of the 17 global Sustainable Development Goals: SDG2 – Zero Hunger, which aims to eradicate hunger by 2030, and SDG17, which promotes both public and private partnerships. WFP’s support to these goals is embedded within the 2018-22 United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and the first multi-year Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) in Palestine covering the period 2018-20.

“Effective partnerships will be vital in delivering WFP’s commitments. WFP builds on its achievements and relies on its strong operational partnerships with the Palestinian Authority, the United Nations Relief Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the American INGO Global Communities and the local health NGOs Ard El Insan and Palestinian Relief Society, to meet humanitarian food needs and support national food security objectives,” said Daniela Owen, Representative and Country Director in Palestine. “Sufficient, predictable and flexible humanitarian funds from the donor community will be key success factors.”

As WFP relies entirely on voluntary contributions, Palestine’s CSP, based on projections of donor contributions, is reduced compared with the previous portfolio of assistance, when WFP was assisting almost half a million people from 2015-2017. The cutback is commensurate with the decline in donor funding over the last three years. WFP’s ability to reach its CSP targets will be contingent on receiving sufficient resources.

The CSP also focuses on supporting the national institutions involved in the design and implementation of the National Food Safety Net, and on engaging in new partnerships with the government, UN and NGO partners around the provision and further development of WFP’s voucher platform. The platform, through which WFP’s electronic card delivers assistance, has proven an efficient, flexible and cost-effective tool to address multi-sectoral needs.

Over the coming years, WFP aims to scale up cash-based transfers, including through direct cash-assistance. This will increase delivery of the most adaptable and cost-effective response for greater impact, transparency, choice, value for money and accountability both for the people served, as well as for donors to WFP.

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For more information on WFP’s activities in Palestine, visit http://www.wfp.org/countries/palestine

For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Raphael du Boispean, WFP/Jerusalem, Mob. +972 546773160, raphael.duboispean@wfp.org
Yasmine Abuelassal, WFP/Jerusalem, Mob. +972 546773170, yasmin.abuelassal@wfp.org

 

JERUSALEM –The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Board, meeting in Rome, Italy this month, has approved a five-year strategy in Palestine which prioritises food support for the most vulnerable Palestinians, thus ensuring the continuing benefit of WFP assistance.

651630
12/11/2017 - 11:10

As part of the test, more than 2,400 children from 167 villages in the districts of Handeni, Korogwe, Lushoto, Mkinga, Muheza, and Pangani will receive new Google Pixel C tablets, donated by Google. The tablets were pre-loaded with the Global Learning XPRIZE’s five finalists’ educational software. The finalists were chosen from a field of 198 teams by an independent judging panel of 11 experts and announced in September 2017 during United Nations General Assembly week.

“This technology which enables children to learn reading, writing and arithmetic without help of a teacher, is an innovation of the highest standard,” said Mayasa Hashim Tanga Regional Education Officer. “This will go a long way towards liberating children who are out of the formal educational system so that they too can master these skills.”

The tablets were distributed by WFP, which is managing the logistics and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) component of the field test. This includes uploading the software to the tablets, installing solar power charging stations in the villages and managing the maintenance, repair and replacement of the tablets throughout the field test.

“Technological innovation can be the answer to some the world’s toughest challenges,” said WFP Tanzania Country Representative Michael Dunford. “This test means we can put new technologies in the service of out-of-school children and other vulnerable people – and fuel wider development in the process. Innovations like these open the door for Governments, organizations and businesses to build on tested models and push the limits beyond what we once thought was possible, not only in the education sector but also in other areas of human development.”

The educational components of the field test are being led by UNESCO in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and the President’s Office Regional Authority and Local Government (PO-RALG). UNESCO is also responsible for monitoring the children’s progress in reading, writing and arithmetic in order to be able to determine which of the finalist software will produce the most learning gains.

“The project aligns with UNESCO’s mandate to promote inclusive, equitable and quality education, while contributing significantly to efforts by various education stakeholders in Tanzania towards ensuring that all children, including those in marginalized and vulnerable communities, have equal opportunity to education,” said UNESCO’s Officer in charge Faith Shayo. “It provides a second chance to children who did not start primary school when they should have, with the ultimate aim of providing an opportunity for them to enter or re-enter formal education after its completion. This signifies considerable joint efforts between the UN and the Government of Tanzania towards improving literacy for the young generation in the country by using innovative, scalable and low cost technologies. The project can be scaled up to cover more regions in Tanzania or any other country, to foster learning outcomes in early childhood education.”

At the end of the field testing phase, the finalist team whose solution enables the greatest proficiency gains will receive the grand prize of US$10 million. The winner will be announced in April 2019. Following the competition, each of the five finalists will open source both their software’s code and content, which will be free and available for anyone to build on. It is expected that this self-learning methodology will help guide children in learning and ultimately empower children throughout Tanzania to take control of their own education.

A ceremony will be held in early 2018 to celebrate the start of the field test. The ceremony will be conducted in collaboration with the Government of Tanzania, UNESCO, WFP and the Global Learning XPRIZE.

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

UNESCO is responsible for coordinating international cooperation in education, science, culture and communication. It strengthens the ties between nations and societies, and mobilizes the wider public so that each child and citizen. UNESCO has offices in 54 countries, in all continents.

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UNESCO: @unescodar

For more information please contact:
Fizza Moloo, WFP/Tanzania, Tel. +255 (0) 784 720 022 or +255 (0) 759 686 543
Faith Shayo, UNESCO Dar es Salaam Office, Tel +255 (22) 29 15 400
Eric Desatnik / Jackie Wei, eric@xprize.org / jackie.wei@xprize.org

 

MUHEZA DISTRICT, TANZANIA – At a ceremony today in a remote village in Tanga, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) distributed tablets to children loaded with education software.

651629
12/10/2017 - 09:28

A highlight of his visit to Smara camp was the WFP-supported hydroponics project, which is increasing the production of goat meat and milk for the benefit of the refugees. Hydroponics is a soilless cultivation technique for the growing of plants in infertile areas. It produces results quickly and uses 80 percent less water than traditional agricultural methods.

Working with a refugee engineer and other refugee specialists, WFP has developed low-tech hydroponic units that can be built with local materials and are easy to maintain, allowing families to grow fresh animal fodder in just seven days. Preliminary results point to an increase of goat milk and meat production and a decrease in young livestock mortality.

“These hydroponic units are examples of how an innovative approach delivers real results for the people WFP serves,” Beasley said. “They are simple, cost-effective and they match with these refugee identities as nomads who value their livestock. This innovation will not only help people in these refugee camps, it can support food-insecure families living in harsh conditions anywhere.’’

There are currently 50 hydroponic units in the refugee camps in Algeria that can produce up to 2,000 kg of fresh fodder every day. Some 500 refugees, most of them women, are directly benefitting from the project. WFP plans to increase the number of units in the camps by fourfold in coming months.

WFP’s Munich-based Innovation Accelerator provides key support for the hydroponics project. The Accelerator helps fund innovations and start-ups, linking teams with experts from non-profit and private sectors as well as academia to develop high-impact solutions for a hunger-free world.

During his visit to Algeria, Beasley met the Algerian Prime Minister, the Minister of Agriculture, and the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss cooperation priorities, and thanked the Algerian government and the people for their continued support of the country’s vulnerable refugee population.

For more than 40 years, refugees from Western Sahara have been living in harsh conditions in five camps in the desert of southwestern Algeria. During this time, the refugees have depended on external assistance, with WFP being their primary source of food since 1986.

 

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):

Katharina Meyer-Seipp, WFP/Algiers, Tel. +213 21 60 80 66, Mob. +213 660811416

Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +2010 66634352

Jane Howard, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 65132321, Mob. +39 346 7600521

Francis Mwanza, WFP/London, Tel.  +44 20 72409001, Mob.  +44 7968 008474

Bettina Luescher, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41 22 917 8564, Mob. + 41-79-842-8057

Steve Taravella, WFP/New York, Tel. +1-646-5566909, Mob. +1-202-770-5993

Challiss McDonough WFP/Washington, Tel. +1-202-653-1149, Mob. +1-202-774-4026

 

ALGIERS – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, has concluded a two-day trip to Algeria. In Tindouf, southwestern Algeria, Beasley visited two of the five camps for refugees from Western Sahara, talking to refugees and examining WFP’s hydroponics project that helping refugee families grow animal fodder. Beasley also had discussions with senior government officials and WFP partners.

 

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12/07/2017 - 17:20
Contributions to WFP

The project seeks to train farmers to combat the spread of Fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), strengthen food security and build the resilience of local communities in affected areas.

“Under the current situation where nearly half of South Sudan’s population is estimated to be food insecure, the spread of Fall armyworm must be addressed very urgently. We hope our support will contribute to efforts by the South Sudan Government, through FAO and WFP, against Fall armyworm,” said Shigeru Hamano, Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of Japan in South Sudan.

“With this funding, FAO is able to bring our global and regional expertise on pest management to South Sudan,” said Serge Tissot, FAO Country Representative in South Sudan. “Since Fall armyworm was first detected in Africa in early 2016, our world-renowned experts have developed integrated pest management strategies for affected countries and have trained experts in over 30 countries to enable response.”

“This very timely contribution allows FAO and WFP to combine forces with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security to combat Fall armyworm and build resilience to shocks,” said WFP Country Director Adnan Khan. “In addition, families whose crops suffered will receive vital food support at this difficult time.”  

FAO and WFP will work together to give local authorities and farmers in affected areas training to address Fall armyworm. WFP will capitalize on its extensive field presence and access to communities to protect their assets such as crops and enhance capacities to manage Fall armyworm infestation. FAO will coordinate and lead the implementation of its global Fall armyworm strategy in South Sudan, where farmer education and community action are critical elements to manage insect populations sustainably and cost effectively. Beyond promoting specific immediate, easy to implement and simple control practices, the purpose is to enable farmers to manage the Fall Armyworm using appropriate control techniques that help secure their harvests on the longer term.

Japan’s strong support for FAO and WFP in South Sudan comes at a time when needs in the country are rising and donor resources are stretched by crises across the world.
Earlier this year parts of South Sudan experienced famine and while conditions have eased, some 4.8 million people across the country are experiencing severe food insecurity - 1.4 million more than at the same time last year.

The latest contribution brings the total amount of funding from the Government of Japan to WFP in South Sudan so far this year to $11.9 million – up from previous funding levels in 2015 and 2016. With the support of donors such as Japan, WFP last month fed a total of 2.9 million people across South Sudan as part of an emergency response to the threat of famine due to widespread conflict, economic collapse and record numbers of people going hungry.
With this pledge, Japan has joined FAO and its other donors in the fight against hunger in South Sudan. As part of its multi-donor emergency and resilience response programme, FAO has reached over 4 million people with the provision of fishing, crop- and vegetable-growing kits and vaccinated more than 7 million livestock to save lives through the strengthening of livelihoods. Also, smallholder farmers, fisherfolk and pastoralists are supported to prevent and address threats to the food chain through various capacity building interventions. 

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For more information, please contact:
Takanobu Nakahara, Japan Embassy, takanobu.nakahara@mofa.go.jp
Lieke Visser, FAO South Sudan, Mobile +211 922001661, lieke.visser@fao.org 
Peter Smerdon, WFP Nairobi, Mobile + 254 707 722 104 peter.smerdon@wfp.org

JUBA/ROME – Efforts in South Sudan to fight Fall armyworm, an insect that destroys crops, have received a boost thanks to the Government of Japan’s decision to provide $3 million to support a project run by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) together with South Sudan’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security.

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12/07/2017 - 10:24

“We’re letting down those who need us most,” said Claude Jibidar, WFP’s Representative in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).” A tightly planned surge had made a big difference, Jibidar explained, but WFP had largely funded this from its own meagre resources. “Without immediate donor support, many – particularly women and children – will die.”
 
The eruption of violence in what used to be a poor but peaceful region has claimed countless lives. Some 1.4 million people have been forced from their homes. Traditionally high malnutrition rates have sky-rocketed.
 
With 3.2 million people desperately short of food, WFP has stepped in with emergency assistance.  A lull in fighting has allowed more staff to be deployed. Aid workers have fanned out into the Kasai countryside. WFP has co-ordinated multi-agency logistics and humanitarian flights. As a result, the number of people assisted has grown rapidly – from 42,000 in September to 115,000 in October and 225,000 in November. Last month, 13,500 children were given special fortified foods. 
 
But donors’ reluctance to commit to Kasai is jeopardizing this effort. While WFP plans to feed almost half a million people in December, so depleted are the agency’s coffers that only half-rations can be distributed. 

Hunger not only puts lives at risk: it forces people into prostitution and increases the risk of sexual violence, Jibidar stressed. “Government partners must do all in their power to spare Kasai from the kind of decades-long humanitarian catastrophe that has plagued other DRC regions.” 

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For more information, please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Gerald Bourke, WFP/Johannesburg, Mob. +27-829-081417
Steve Taravella, WFP/New York, Tel. +1-646-556-6909, Mob. +1-202-770-5993
Challiss McDonough, WFP/Washington, Tel. +1 202 653 1149, Mob. + 1 202 774 4026
Bettina Luescher, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41 22 917 8564, Mob. + 41-79-842-8057
Francis Mwanza, WFP/London, Tel.  +44 20 72409001, Mob.  +44 7968 008474

KINSHASA – An acute hunger emergency in conflict-ravaged Greater Kasai could turn into a long-term disaster, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today. While the agency has been working against the clock to help ever more people, the cash is quickly running out.

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12/04/2017 - 15:06

The project is designed to benefit 500 vulnerable families in Shahritus and Balkhi districts in the south of the country. The aim is to build the resilience of communities exposed to frequent natural shocks while providing better assistance to vulnerable and food-insecure families.

Participants will receive cash incentives in return for community work planned for the coming six months. The work includes rehabilitating drainage canals and feeder roads in addition to constructing irrigation pump stations in both districts. The project will help irrigate some 340 hectares of additional land and rehabilitate 3200 metres of irrigation canals.

Each of the 500 participants will receive 440 TJS (equivalent to US$50) for 25 daily work norms. WFP will assist project participants with opening card accounts with MDO IMON which will be used for to transfer the funds.

“WFP supports the national plan for food and nutrition security and is committed to ensuring that vulnerable and food-insecure communities can meet their needs,” says WFP Country Director in Tajikistan, Paolo Mattei.

WFP is working with its partners and the government to expand the project to 20 districts.

 

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

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For more information please contact:

World Food Programme in Tajikistan

7 Tolstoi Street, Dushanbe 734003,Tajikistan
Tel: (992 44) 6252000
E-mail: wfp.dushanbe@wfp.org
Website: www.wfp.org

 

DUSHANBE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has joined forces with microfinance provider IMON International (MDO IMON) and the local cooperating partners to launch its first cash assistance project in Tajikistan.