WFP welcomes first Russian donation to Tajikistan

Published on 29 March 2006

WFP has welcomed the arrival of a US$6 million contribution from the Government of the Russian Federation to its Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO) in Tajikistan.

WFP has welcomed the arrival of a US$6 million contribution from the Government of the Russian Federation to its Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO) in Tajikistan.

We welcome this first donation from the Russian Federation, which is a new donor to WFP

Daniela Owen, WFP’s Country Director in Tajikistan

This contribution was the part of the US$11 million contribution made by the Russian Federation to WFP in December 2005.

The other US$5 million was donated to WFP activities in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Assisting the food insecure

With the support of the cash donation, a total of 13,350 metric tonnes of fortified wheat flour will be procured from Russia and will arrive by rail in Tajikistan in three instalments throughout 2006.

The first consignment of 3,000 metric tonnes of wheat is expected to arrive at the end of March (or early April).

The contribution will be used to assist tens of thousands of people living in food insecure rural areas of Tajikistan, through on-going relief and recovery activities that include the food-for-education programme, support to TB patients and their families, the vulnerable group feeding programme, food-for-work activities and emergency assistance to victims of natural disasters.

Food access major challenge

“We welcome this first donation from the Russian Federation, which is a new donor to WFP. The confirmed contribution of 13,350 metric tonnes of wheat flour will cover almost 40 percent of the 2006 food requirements,” said Daniela Owen, WFP’s Country Director in Tajikistan.

Despite commercial imports and international food aid, access to food remains a major challenge in Tajikistan, especially for the 10 percent chronically food-insecure households in rural areas (approximately 350,000 people).

The WFP Household Food Security and Vulnerability Survey showed that an additional 17 percent of the rural population (approximately 700,000 people) is very vulnerable to food insecurity.

Russia as a WFP donor

“There continues to be a large number of poor people in Tajikistan, who are not benefiting from the recent economic growth in the country.

"This Russian contribution enables WFP to continue providing assistance to the most impoverished people living in food-insecure districts,” added Owen.

This is second Russian donation to WFP. The first ever Russian contribution of US$11 million was made in 2003 to Angola and the Democratic People Republic of Korea.