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Tajikistan country strategic plan (2023–2026)

Operation ID: TJ03

CSP approved at EB November 2022 session

Over the past 20 years, Tajikistan has shown remarkable social and economic achievement. Following a sustained decline in its poverty rate and a rise in per capita income between 2000 and 2020, the country graduated from low-income to lower-middle-income country status in 2021.

However, with a narrow economy heavily reliant on foreign grants, loans and remittances from migrant workers, development challenges remain. The country’s food security is highly sensitive to price shocks, malnutrition is widespread and agricultural productivity remains low, with agriculture taking place largely on small-scale subsistence family farms. Tajikistan is also one of the countries most susceptible to climate change and natural disasters.

This country strategic plan supports the Government’s priorities for achieving food security and broadening access to good-quality nutrition. WFP will build on the foundations laid in recent years to continue its strategic shift from direct implementation to strengthening the capacity of national institutions. A focus will be on supporting livelihoods, improving agricultural production, strengthening value chains, improving health, education and nutrition outcomes and strengthening national institutions and systems. WFP will also maintain the capacity to provide on-demand logistics and procurement services for the Government and development partners.

The country strategic plan is aligned with the United Nations sustainable development cooperation framework for Tajikistan for 2023–2026 and the Government’s national development strategy through 2030 – the overarching framework for meeting the Sustainable Development Goals. It draws on recommendations from a 2021 independent evaluation of the country strategic plan for 2019–2024. It contributes to Sustainable Development Goals 2 and 17 and WFP’s strategic outcomes 1, 2, 3 and 4 through four country strategic plan outcomes:

➢ Outcome 1: By 2026, food-insecure and vulnerable populations in urban and rural areas have strengthened livelihoods, resilience and adaptive capacities through improved climate-resilient and nutrition-sensitive agri-food value chains.

➢ Outcome 2: By 2026, rural and urban populations in targeted areas have improved food security and nutrition for inclusive human development.

➢ Outcome 3: By 2026, crisis-affected and nutritionally-vulnerable populations are better able to meet urgent food needs, and national systems and subnational capacities are strengthened to address cumulative impacts of disasters and crises and enable affected communities to build back better.

➢ Outcome 4: Government institutions are strengthened to accelerate and sustain results contributing to inclusive social protection programmes and strengthened national and subnational food systems by 2026 in Tajikistan.

WFP will continue to partner with national and subnational entities, other United Nations entities and civil society and private sector actors to implement the integrated components of the country strategic plan and will ensure coordinated action with the other Rome-based agencies.