WFP and Ministry of Labor and Social Development will deliver over 1000 tons of food assistance through their joint programme to the most poor and vulnerable families across Kyrgyzstan

In April, with support from Russian Federation WFP and Ministry of Labor and Social Development will deliver over 1000 tons of food assistance through their joint programme to the most poor and vulnerable families across Kyrgyzstan. Around 30,500 people will receive 3-month food rations of fortified wheat flour and vegetable oil (150 kg of wheat and 15 liters of oil per family) to cover their immediate food needs during crisis.

WFP and Ministry of Labor and Social Development have this food distribution in support of the Government-led food assistance to low-income population. The Food Assistance is provided in exchange and advance for public work and participation in trainings.

It’s vital that at this time of COVID-19 outbreak, WFP and Ministry of Labor and Social Development continue their food assistance programmes which offer a lifeline to most vulnerable people around Kyrgyzstan.

Necessary preventive measures as recommended by health authorities have been taken to protect the health and safety of beneficiaries and to eliminate the risk of infection. In particular, WFP arranged a safety training for its staff and partners and introduced such measures as social distancing at distribution points and handing out hand sanitizers and masks to all involved in food distribution.

In addition to food assistance, WFP is also supporting regular food price monitoring from 18 markets across the country and food security situation analysis to provide analysis of food security trends and functionality of the food markets.

This assistance is provided as part of the joint humanitarian response of the Emergency Response Coordination Unit, which was activated on March 16, 2020 at the request of the government to assist in emergency preparedness and response to COVID-19 and training to early recovery. Led by the UN Resident Coordinator, the State Committee for Emergency Situations gives priority and directs its support to six priority sectors on early recovery, education, food security and logistics, health, protection and the integrated sector of water sanitation and hygiene and non-food products. The State Committee for Emergencies was established in 2008, and its interagency teams include representatives of ministries, UN agencies, international and local NGOs, and the donor community.

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