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Kyrgyzstan - Food for the lean season

Kyrgyzstan - Donkey cart

Beneficiaries use donkey carts, horses, bicycles and car pools to get their food back to their villages. WFP picks the distribution sites so that beneficiaries do not have to travel more than 10 kilometers with their ration.  

Kyrgyzstan - Food distribution in the Kara Koghkor valey

A French staff member of the French NGO ACTED, WFP's partner in VGF, scrutinizes beneficiary lists in Kara Koghkor, a broad valley ringed by snow-capped mountains.

Kyrgyzstan - Distribution in the Kara Suu district

This woman from the Kara Suu district clutches her WFP cooking oil, a highly valued commodity for poor rural people.

Kyrgyzstan - Halmon district

These women show their happiness at being selected for the VGF ration. Their district of Halmon in southern Kyrgyzstan is one of the most food-insecure in the country.

Kyrgyzstan - the kalpak hat

This beneficiary wears the traditional kalpak, a felt hat worn by men living in rural areas. The black border of his kalpak signifies his status as an elder.

Kyrgyzstan - the Uzbek ethnic group

These women live in the district of Nookat in the southern Kyrgyzstan. In this region, some 60% of the people are ethnic Uzbek.

Kyrgyzstan - Registration at a distribution point

Beneficiaries in the village of Kashka Jol present their identity documents at the WFP distribution site.

Kyrgyzstan - Kara Suu district

In the Kara Suu district of southern Kyrgyzstan, a donkey cart stands ready for its owners to transport the wheat flour and vegetable oil back to their home.

WFP gave a three-month supply of wheat flour and cooking oil to 260,000 people in Kyrgyzstan to tide them over the winter period. The next cycle will be in April/May, to help poor families get through the "lean season" before the fall harvest.