WFP will provide cash assistance to vulnerable families in Tajikistan

ВПП окажет денежную помощь уязвимым семьям в Таджикистане

Villagers in Tajikistan grow onions. WFP will provide cash assistance to vulnerable families in Tajikistan Economic Development

In 2024 and 2025, the UN World Food Program (WFP) will provide financial support to 15 thousand vulnerable families in Tajikistan. This was made possible thanks to $7 million in funding provided by the US Agency for International Development, WFP said.

According to WFP and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in 2023, about 1.56 million people in Tajikistan faced acute food shortages, and almost 50 thousand of them were in dire situations. This represents a slight improvement year-on-year, with the share of the population severely food insecure falling from 20 percent to 16 percent.

However, communities in Tajikistan still suffer from the consequences of global crises and high food prices, noted WFP head in the country Adham Musallam.

According to him, the Program will be able to meet the needs of people for whom the issue of malnutrition is especially acute, and at the same time provide them with the opportunity to provide themselves with food in the future.

So, in 2024 and 2025, WFP will support about 15 thousand households by transferring them cash in exchange for the efforts of these families to creating your own production assets. For example, this could be work to develop agricultural land. Such assets are designed to improve the financial stability of more than 24 thousand households, or a total of 120 thousand residents of Tajikistan.

“We work directly with smallholder farmers, especially with women and youth on the ground, to enable them to strengthen their economic position,” Musallam said.

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