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Russian Federation Supports WFP In Boosting Food Security In The Kyrgyz Republic

BISHKEK – The Government of the Russian Federation has contributed US$1 million to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to support the most food-insecure Kyrgyz people

This one-off grant will support “food-for-assets” activities aimed at the rehabilitation of irrigation networks and crop lands, boosting agricultural production and building the disaster mitigation capacity of rural communities in Naryn, Issyk-Kul, Talas, Osh, Jalal-Abad and Batken provinces. Participants work on community projects and in return receive food from WFP.

A recent evaluation of food-for-assets activities in the Kyrgyz Republic showed that this intervention helps build a foundation for sustainable improvements in food security, particularly for vulnerable households.

“The Russian Federation has consistently shown its readiness and commitment to stand shoulder to shoulder with WFP in the Kyrgyz Republic to help the poorest and most food insecure people in the country,” said WFP Kyrgyz Republic Representative and Country Director Ram Saravanamuttu. “This contribution will help WFP to further strengthen social safety nets and build the resilience of the most vulnerable, food- insecure, populations to mitigate the impact of shocks such as high food prices.”

Since the launch of the food-for-assets programme in the Kyrgyz Republic in mid-2010, about 230,000 people from food-insecure areas – where people struggle to produce or buy enough food to live a healthy life - have benefited from WFP activities ranging from disaster mitigation to vegetable growing.

The Government of the Russian Federation has been providing food assistance to vulnerable communities in developing countries since 2003. From 2009 to 2012, the Russian Federation contributed over US$20 million to WFP’s operations in the Kyrgyz Republic making it the single largest supporter to WFP in the Kyrgyz Republic.

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WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. Last year, WFP reached more than 97 million people in 80 countries with food assistance.

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For more information please contact (email address:
Elizabeth Zalkind, WFP/Bishkek, Tel:  +993 312 322 225, Mob. +996 555 940 420