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WFP And Kyrgyz Government Sign Memorandum Of Understanding To Tackle Food Insecurity And Undernutrition

BISHKEK – The Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding today to join forces in improving national food security and nutrition and strengthening social protection systems.

Under the agreement, WFP and the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic (through the Ministry of Social Development) will jointly pilot safety nets to support vulnerable communities in restoration and construction of key agricultural, rural and disaster mitigation assets. A particular emphasis is given to supporting irrigation infrastructure, vegetable gardening and vegetable processing, reforestation activities, prevention of floods and mudslides, and income generation.

Also, the Ministry of Social Development and WFP will works closely to develop national strategies on social protection, food security and nutrition. “The Government of the Kyrgyz Republic prioritises improvements in food security, poverty reduction and social safety nets as key drivers for sustainable economic and social development,” said the Minister of Social Development of the Kyrgyz Republic Kudaibergen Bazarbaev.

“More than 106,000 Kyrgyz households are estimated to be poor and food-insecure. This Memorandum of Understanding aims to support these families and their livelihoods and improve food security and nutrition in the country,” continued Bazarbaev.

“By signing this agreement, the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic has reaffirmed its commitment to ensure the food security of its people,” said WFP Kyrgyzstan Country Director Ram Saravanamuttu. “

A core component of the agreement is the piloting of Food/Cash-for-Assets programmes as a way to build a foundation for sustainable improvements in the food security of vulnerable households.

Under this partnership, WFP will procure the fortified food for use in the programmes, while the Kyrgyz Government will provide technical expertise and support, including transportation and handling of food commodities

Since 2008, WFP has been working closely with the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic to improve food security and nutrition in the country in line with national priorities. WFP aims to support the national safety nets systems with projects to improve economic opportunities and strengthen social protection, boost community resilience to shocks and stresses, and improve the provision of school meals in the country.

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