Tajikistan: WFP Welcomes Donation of Russian Wheat Flour
WFP put on a lively and colourful “welcome ceremony” for a large donation of fortified wheat and flour in the capital Dushanbe on April 15. The Russian ambassador to Tajikistan, Yuri Popov, along with senior officials from the Government of Tajikistan, was greeted with the traditional Tajik ceremony of bread - made with a small amount of the Russian flour - and honey (for which Tajikistan is famous). WFP and the Russian delegation then travelled to the town of yavan in Khatlon region to see primary children eating a hot meal as part of a school feeding programme, supported largely through Russian donations. The Russian Federation has contributed 10,000 metric tonnes of flour (U.S.$5.5 million) to WFP Tajikistan.