Summary of WFP assistance: WFP in Tajikistan contributes to the food security, social protection and resilience goals of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for 2010-2015 and supports the United Nations Millennium Development Goals 1, 2 and 3. WFP’s activities reach almost half a million vulnerable and food insecure people every year.
August 2015 – Trends
- Deteriorated situations
Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Colombia/Venezuela, Guatemala, Kashmir, Lebanon, Nepal, Yemen
- Improved situations
Guinea, South Sudan, Sri Lanka
September 2015 – Watchlist
- Conflict risk alerts
Colombia/Venezuela, Guatemala, Iraq, Nepal, Yemen
Conflict resolution opportunities
Decreased potato prices may affect producers in Rasht Valley
The wheat harvest has concluded in most areas of Tajikistan, but is ongoing in high-elevation areas. Production estimates indicate a nine percent increase as compared to the same time last year.
August 26 2015: Ill-considered boundaries make cross-border cooperation difficult in some parts of Central Asia. Ian Litschko discusses a recent incident on the Tajik-Kyrgyz border.
The rise and fall of the Soviet Union has had a profound impact on borders in Central Asia. Internal administrative borders were created for these new republics in the mid-1920s in a way that had no strict ethnic lines, due to a fear that ethnically homogenous republics might exhibit separatist tendencies.
By Soraya Dali-Balta,
Poorly distributed rainfall in West and East Africa likely to exacerbate conditions
Africa Weather Hazards
Widespread, heavy rain during the past few weeks has caused flooding over local areas of Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger. Heavy rain is forecast to continue during the next week, maintaining elevated risks for flooding over many areas.
PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR FEBRUARY 2016
In August 2015, according to long-term observations, a risk of an emergency caused by mudflows and floods in the basins of the Vakhsh and Panj due to melting glaciers will continue if anomalously high temperatures in mountainous areas still take place.
High temperatures mid-July led to rapid melting of snow and glacier ice that resulted in mudslides in GBAO and Rasht District of Tajikistan.
Furthermore, on 24 July 2015 heavy rains combined with melting of glaciers caused mudflows in Tajikabad District, DRD.
As a result of snow melting due to high temperatures all the district of GBAO are affected by the mudflow;
6 people were killed and more than 100 households (78 fully and 22 partially) destroyed as a result of mudflow in GBAO;
An artificial lake created in Gund river increased to 20 cm as of July 27, 2015;
Affected population are relocated to the tent camp in Shugnan District;
Official from the Department of Foreign Assistance of MOFCOM said on August 5 that the constant high temperature since July has caused glaciers to melt. It has led to severe landslides in Tajikistan and caused serious casualties and a great loss of property. In order to express sympathy and support from the Chinese government and its people for the Tajikistan government and its people, the Chinese government decided to provide the Tajikistan government with RMB10 million as humanitarian emergency relief supplies.
DUSHANBE / GENEVA (12 August 2015) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Léo Heller, urged the Government of Tajikistan to seize the opportunity of the ongoing water sector reform “to reach out to the millions of people currently without access to safe drinking water and sanitation in the country.”
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Post-Crisis Environmental Assessment
Post-Crisis Environmental Recovery
Environmental Cooperation for Peacebuilding
CHAPTER 4 Disaster Risk Reduction
July 2015 – Trends
Cameroon, Chad, Egypt, Kashmir, Turkey, Yemen
August 2015 – Watchlist
- Conflict risk alerts
-Conflict resolution opportunities
Iran, South Sudan
In West Africa, market availability was adequate in June with supplies from 2014/15 harvests and international rice and wheat imports. Regionally-produced staple food prices increased seasonally, except in areas directly and indirectly affected by conflict in northeastern Nigeria and neighboring areas, the CAR, and northern Mali.
Remittances from labor migrants abroad continue to decline
Although the average price for wheat flour across major markets is up bypercent compared to June 2014, prices have remained stable since April 2015, reflecting stability of the Tajikistani somoni (TJS) against the U.S. dollar (USD) and Kazakhstan tenge (KZT), stable prices for imported wheat grain from Kazakhstan, and domestic market supply from the start of the wheat harvest.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin, met with leading government officials at the Regional South and Central Asia Consultations for the World Humanitarian Summit and visited the Shaartuz District on a four-day trip to Tajikistan the week of 22 July.
Executive Director makes first visit to Tajikistan
Above-average temperatures and rainfall lead to flooding in Central Asia
Central Asia Weather Hazards
High temperatures during the first half of July have led to mudflows and flooding, damaging infrastructure and displacing populations across eastern Tajikistan.
· FAO’s global cereal price index continued to fall in Q2-2015, down 19 percent year-on-year.
· The real price of wheat dropped a further 9 percent over the last quarter. Prices are 33 percent lower than in Q2-2014, thanks to increased global supply and lower consumption.
· The real price of maize has fallen by 3 percent since Q1-2015 and is 21 percent lower than inQ2-2014. However, global production for 2015/16 is set to be lower and thus prices are likely to rise.