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Climate Risk Insurance for livestock farmers in the Kyrgyz Republic - July 2023

Author: Luzandrea CAMARGO, Michael GOODE, Uson ALBANOV
WFP in the Kyrgyz Republic, backed by the Swiss Development Corporation (SDC), launched Climate Risk Insurance (CRI) for livestock farmers, providing financial aid, enhancing sustainability, and protecting against climate-related shocks to improve food security and nutrition

Low income and food-insecure households in the Kyrgyz Republic face a wide range of shocks, including climate variability, extreme weather conditions, conflicts, and socio-economic crises. Climate-induced disasters have increased 1.5 times over the past 12 years, adversely affecting agricultural activities and exacerbating food insecurity. Vulnerable communities, lacking access to effective risk management and social protection mechanisms are most likely to experience severe losses.

WFP, supported by the SDC has developed a CRI programme to benefit livestock farmers by providing financial assistance during fodder scarcity and extreme weather conditions, improve farmers’ financial sustainability, enhance food security and nutrition, and contribute to the prosperity of the livestock sector. This factsheet provides an insight into how this initiative strengthens the capacity of local authorities and pasture communities to manage pastures effectively, protecting vulnerable households with livestock from climate-related shocks while bolstering resilience in the face of climate-related challenges.