Kyrgyzstan - Food for the lean season
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.
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.
This woman from the Kara Suu district clutches her WFP cooking oil, a highly valued commodity for poor rural people.
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.
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.
These women live in the district of Nookat in the southern Kyrgyzstan. In this region, some 60% of the people are ethnic Uzbek.
Beneficiaries in the village of Kashka Jol present their identity documents at the WFP distribution site.
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.