WFP Tajikistan Country Brief, January 2019

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In Numbers

416,615 people assisted in January 2019

699 mt of food assistance distributed

US$25,630 cash-based transfers made

US$ 1.2 six months (February - July 2019) net funding requirements

Operational Updates

Members of the Inter-Ministerial Coordination Council on School Meals representing WFP, the Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry of Education and Science of Tajikistan visited remote schools in the Rasht Valley to oversee the implementation of the programme. In addition, WFP continued to support the establishment of inter-sectoral working groups at district level to bring the policy dialogue on the sustainability of the school feeding programme close to the operational decision-making centres.

Kitchen utensils were provided to a school affected by a fire in the northern part of the country in November 2018. WFP timely response to this incident ensured that 300 children received their school meals without disruptions.

In January, WFP launched a tree planting project in school yards under the Food Assistance for Assets (FFA) framework in five districts of Sughd Region to benefit 11,530 schoolchildren. Another FFA project to rehabilitate irrigation facilities in Ishkoshim district of GBAO Region was approved to be launched in February 2019. The projects are expected to be completed by June 2019.

Piloting of the corporate SCOPE (WFP's beneficiary identity and benefit management system)

Conditional-On-Demand-Assistance (CODA) application within the treatment of acute malnutrition programme is continuing in collaboration with the government-assigned institution, the Republic Clinical Centre of Paediatrics and Child Surgery. Twenty (20) health facilities in the Balkhi district have been covered so far and frontline PHC staff involved are improving the quality of their work through digitalization.

Additionally, identification and enrolment of children aged 6 months to 5 years into the Treatment of Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) program, and sensitization of parents and caretakers on infants and young children feeding practices are ongoing in 4 operational districts of Khatlon and Sughd regions.

During January 2019, WFP carried out monitoring visits to 179 project sites out of 209 planned. WFP suboffices in Rasht and GBAO cancelled 30 visits to schools due to heavy snow and difficult road conditions in remote districts.

No beneficiary feedback was received for the month of January in any project areas. WFP has provided the relevant WFP office phone numbers to its beneficiaries as part of the feedback mechanism.

Source: World Food Programme