Thanks to the Government of the Russian Federation tens of thousands of vulnerable people in the Kyrgyz Republic have been provided with life-saving support.
BISHKEK – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Kyrgyzstan has thanked the Russian Federation, which over the last three years has become the single most generous and consistent supporter of the agency’s work in the country.
The Russian Federation has contributed a total of US$14 million towards the food assistance programmes WFP runs in the Kyrgyz Republic.
“Since we opened a country office in late 2008, we have been able to count on the support of the Russian Federation in addressing emergency food needs as well as improving food security in the Kyrgyz Republic as a whole,” said WFP Kyrgyzstan Country Director Rasmus Egendal. “Thanks to the Government of the Russian Federation tens of thousands of vulnerable people have been provided with life-saving support.”
This year the Russian Federation donated US$5 million to help address food insecurity in the Kyrgyz Republic. WFP will use this donation to assist the most vulnerable people from the poorest households during the winter and spring months as well as rehabilitate vital rural infrastructure to help people become food secure and self-reliant.
“During a time, when many people are faced with increasing food and energy costs and are struggling to provide enough food for their families, this kind of support is invaluable for the poorest households,’’ added Mr. Egendal.
Food prices in the Kyrgyz Republic increased by 27 percent in 2010, the highest rate of food inflation among European and Central Asian countries, adding further hardship to vulnerable people recovering from the tumultuous events of 2010. Last year, WFP reached over one million beneficiaries nationwide through humanitarian and recovery programmes that include general food distributions and food-for-work projects to a total of 1,068,790 million people.
In 2010, the Russian Federation donated US$3.7 million to WFP for critical humanitarian food assistance to conflict-affected people in Osh.
In 2008-2010, the Russian Federation US$5.3 million donation to WFP helped improve the food security status of vulnerable population groups across the Kyrgyz Republic over the past three years. Thanks to this donation, WFP distributed food rations to vulnerable households in six out of seven Kyrgyz provinces; Batken, Issyk-Kul, Jalalabad, Naryn, Osh and Talas. Based on WFP’s food ration for such programmes (75 kg of flour per family for 3 months), the amount of food bought with the Russian donation is sufficient to assist 90,000 families, or some 450, 000 people.
In 2003, the Russian Federation made its first donation to WFP globally, when financial support to the UN food agency was officially approved as part of the Russian state budget. Since then, the Russian Federation has become one of WFP’s largest and most consistent donors worldwide with an annual contribution of over US$30 million.