Food insecurity in the Kyrgyz Republic is seasonal and correlated with chronic and increasing poverty. A third of the population of 5.8 million live in poverty, and 12 percent are food-insecure.
Gross domestic product has increased, but the impact of growth has not reached the poorest populations. Import dependency exposes domestic food prices to fluctuations. Agriculture, which employs 30 percent of the workforce, is characterized by low levels of productivity, aggregation, processing and marketing. The Kyrgyz Republic is prone to diverse natural disasters and climate risks.
This project aims to increase the Government’s capacity to reduce food insecurity and undernutrition and to support long-term resilience. WFP will support the Government in the development of policies and strategies for food security, nutrition and social protection, and for increased capacity to manage productive safety nets.
This project is in line with the 2012 country portfolio evaluation, which recommended a focus on development and greater integration with government programmes. The project is aligned with the National Sustainable Development Strategy (2013–2017), the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (2012–2016) and WFP’s Strategic Plan (2014–2017) and supports WFP’s Strategic Objective 3 and contributes to Millennium Development Goals 1, 3 and 7.