BISHKEK – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a contribution of US$8 million from the Russian Federation to improve the food security and nutrition situation of 100,000 vulnerable smallholder farmers across the Kyrgyz Republic.
These funds will allow WFP to continue implementing activities aimed at improving rural livelihoods and food productivity for communities whose food security is directly impacted by climate change. Kyrgyzstan’s food systems are extremely vulnerable to climate fluctuations, so WFP works with smallholder farmers and poor rural communities to build their resilience and improve farming practices.
“We’re grateful to the Russian Federation for supporting our work to help every Kyrgyz citizen, particularly the most vulnerable women and men, enjoy food and nutrition security all year round,” says WFP Kyrgyz Republic Country Director, Andrea Bagnoli.
In using the funds, WFP will place particular emphasis on supporting irrigation and soil preservation, vegetable production, food harvesting and processing, and skills training.
“The Russian Federation recognizes the importance of long-term investment to find sustainable solutions for improving food and nutrition security in the Kyrgyz Republic,” says the Ambassador of the Russian Federation, Andrey Krutko. “We are honoured to support WFP and the Kyrgyz government in empowering its people to build a brighter and more resilient future.”
The Russian Federation is a major supporter of WFP’s humanitarian and development assistance worldwide and is the single largest donor for WFP in the Kyrgyz Republic. In the last decade, the Russian Federation has contributed nearly US$70 million to support WFP operations in the Kyrgyz Republic and over US$400 million to WFP operations globally, helping the food agency make significant steps towards achieving food security for all.
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For more information please contact:
Elizabeth Zalkind, WFP/Bishkek, Email: email@example.com, Tel: +993 312 660033, Mobile: +996 555 940 420