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WFP Spends $6 Million in 2010, Supporting Kyrgyzstan Markets and Buying Food

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said Thursday it spent nearly $6 million in the Kyrgyz Republic to deliver assistance to the country's most vulnerable people in 2010.

BISHKEK - This is the largest amount ever spent by WFP in a single year in the Kyrgyz Republic and reflects the extent of the operations, including buying food and leasing transport, which were required to respond to the needs of those affected by the crisis in April as well as the impact it had on markets and livelihoods.

"Supporting local markets as much

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Kyrgyzstan + 2 others
Crisis Response: Europe and Central Asia Region Food Projects

Report
World Bank
Overview

The World Bank's Global Food Crisis Response Program has helped to mitigate the social, and health and nutrition impact of rising food prices on children, pregnant and breastfeeding women, elderly and other vulnerable groups in Moldova, Kyrgyz Republic, and Tajikistan. As part of the program, temporary cash transfers, nutritional supplements, flour fortification and food packages were provided through three timely and targeted food crisis response projects. In all, a total of 67,000 beneficiaries received food, 1.3 million received vitamin A supplements and 360,000 received

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Kyrgyzstan: Food for Work in progress

Bishkek (19 August 2010) - As part of a jointly run "Food for Work" project, by WFP and UNDP, the village of An-Aryk, in the oblast of Chuy, Northern Kyrgyzstan, today successfully completed the distribution of a 23 MT consignment of wheat flour and around 2 MT of vegetable oil.

The village project has provided the incentive to get together a community, with a view to regenerate part of its public infrastructure, which would otherwise have been left abandoned and in ruins.

In clearing a blocked irrigation canal,

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In Kyrgyzstan, OSCE Chairperson stresses need for urgent restoration of stability and rule of law, resolving acute social and economic problems

BISHKEK, 20 April 2010 - The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Kazakhstan's Secretary of State and Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev, during a visit to Bishkek today to assess the situation and develop ways of overcoming the political crisis in Kyrgyzstan, reiterated the OSCE's readiness to further support efforts to restore public order and the rule of law in the country.

"This was the goal of the consolidated effort by the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, the US President Barack Obama and Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev with active mediation

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Second update on the food security and nutrition situation in the Kyrgyz Republic

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Context

- The present update uses data collected by the Kyrgyz Integrated Household Survey (KIHS) between the last quarter of 2008 and the 3rd quarter of 2009.

- The reporting period takes place in the context of the global economic crisis which affected Kyrgyzstan's economy through a decline of exports (textile and construction materials), imports (reduced consumer demand) and remittances (slowdown of the construction sector in Russia where most Kyrgyz migrants work). On the positive side, the grain harvest was good in 2009 and inflation decelerated from 24.5%

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USAID PROVIDES URGENT AGRICULTURAL ASSISTANCE TO THE KYRGYZ REPUBLIC

The events of April 7 in Kyrgyzstan created potential for problems with agricultural productivity for the upcoming harvest season. Many farmers lack access to basic needs such as seeds and fertilizers.

To address the urgent needs of Kyrgyz farmers, the U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), allocated $150,000 worth of funds to purchase 100 mt of spring wheat elite seed, 100 mt of spring barley elite seed, 40 mt of corn seed, and 100 mt of compound fertilizers .

These commodities will be distributed

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Iraq + 6 others
Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia Humanitarian Assistance in Review, 2000 - 2009

BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)

Natural disasters such as drought, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires, as well as ongoing complex emergencies and limited government capacity in the region, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). Since 2000, USAID/OFDA and USAID's Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) have provided humanitarian assistance in response to complex emergencies

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One UN Programme Is Launched in Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (9 March 2010) - Today, the First Vice Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic Mr. Akylbek Japarov and the UN Resident Coordinator Mr. Neal Walker announced the Launch of the One UN Programme in Kyrgyzstan.

Funding of a total USD 3.6 million was committed for the implementation of the One UN Programme in Kyrgyzstan in 2010. This sum represents core UN funding granted to the UN system in Kyrgyzstan to be allocated to projects determined jointly between the United Nations and the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic through the Joint Steering Committee.

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USAID Mission Director Outreaches to the farmers in the Southern Kyrgyzstan

USAID's Mission Director, Andrew Sisson had a meeting with the beneficiary farmers in the Markaz Rural Municipality, Batken Province, Southern Kyrgyzstan. The farmers are direct beneficiaries of the USAID's Markaz Joint Agro Initiative Pilot Project aimed at rehabilitation of abandoned land, which was carried out by several implementers. The Kyrgyz Agro-Input Enterprise Development Project played a substantial role in this initiative demonstrating the possibility to get high crops of barley and alfalfa from unused stony lands through involving advanced growing
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Tajikistan + 4 others
Security Council Press Statement on United Nations Regional Centre for Central Asia Preventive Diplomacy

SC/9843

The following Security Council statement was read out today by Council President Zhang Yesui (China):

The members of the Security Council welcomed the briefing by Miroslav Jenca, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General, on the work of the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia over the past six months.

The members of the Security Council appreciated the efforts of the Regional Centre to assist Central Asian countries in responding to challenges in the region, in accordance with its mandate,

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Kyrgyzstan + 3 others
Commission decision of on the financing of humanitarian actions in Central Asia from the general budget of the European Union (Sixth DIPECHO Action Plan) (ECHO/DIP/BUD/2010/02000)

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union ,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No.1257/96 of 20 June 1996 concerning humanitarian aid, and in particular Article 2(f) and Article 15(3) thereof; Whereas:

(1) Central Asia regularly experiences a wide range of natural disasters and in particular landslides, mudslides, floods and earthquakes and the effect of climate change on its environment;

(2) Local communities are particularly vulnerable to all aforementioned disasters, and the losses these cause

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Concern at high maternal mortality rates in Kyrgyzstan

Healthcare system under scrutiny as increasing numbers of women die in childbirth.

Gulnura Toralieva in London (RCA No. 597, 09-Dec-09)

Figures showing a rise in the number of women dying in childbirth have only confirmed the multiple challenges facing maternity provision in Kyrgyzstan, which is short of qualified hospital staff, medical supplies and equipment.

From January to the end of August, the latest period for which national data are available, 58 deaths were recorded among mothers during pregnancy, childbirth and the post-delivery period.

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Electricity price shock for Kyrgyz consumers

Government says it has no option but to charge more realistic rates.

By Asyl Osmonalieva in Bishkek (RCA No. 597, 05-Dec-09)

Plans for massive hikes in electricity and central heating prices have outraged consumers in Kyrgyzstan, who say they will be hard pressed to pay.

The government, which is struggling to cope with the effects of the world economic crisis, says it is forced to cut subsidies and pass on the real cost of energy. Analysts interviewed by IWPR counter that it would be better to address the systemic inefficiencies that make electricity so costly to produce.

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US food assistance program launches its second distribution in Issyk-Kul, Naryn, Jalal-Abad, and Osh Oblasts of Kyrgyzstan

On November 10, 2009, Mrs. Lauren Perlaza, Cultural Affairs Officer of the U.S. Embassy to the Kyrgyz Republic will open the official launch of the second food distribution in Ak-Olon village, Ton District, Issyk-Kul Oblast of the Kyrgyz Republic. Mr. Memmott will be joined by Mr. Kydykbek Isaev, Governor of Issyk-Kul Oblast, Mr. Suvanaliev Omurbek, Governor of Naryn Oblast, and Ms Catherine Brown, Country Director, Mercy Corps Kyrgyzstan in welcoming program beneficiaries and invited media.

This assistance from the American people

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Kyrgyz Republic: Energy emergency assistance project

Report
World Bank
WASHINGTON, November 19, 2009 - The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors today approved the following project:

IDA Credit: US$2 million equivalent

Terms: Maturity = 40 years; Grace Period = 10 years

IDA Grant: US$2 million equivalent

Project ID: P119227

Project Description: Additional financing for the Energy Emergency Assistance Project aims to increase the volume and reliability of the national energy supply, especially thermal power in the winter season, thereby supporting implementation of the Energy

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Albania + 24 others
Council conclusions on an Operational Framework on Aid Effectiveness

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European Union
2974th EXTERNAL RELATIONS Council meeting
Brussels, 17 November 2009

The Council adopted the following conclusions:

1. "The Council reaffirms the strong EU commitment to aid effectiveness1which is essential towards improved development results and enhanced poverty reduction. The EU, providing nearly 60% of global ODA, will continue to show leadership in implementing the aid effectiveness agenda and be a driving force in delivering on the commitments made.

2. Noting that some encouraging results have been achieved, the Council underlines that continued strong political

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Kyrgyz Squatters With Nowhere to Go

Residents fear being made homeless as Bishkek authorities move to demolish shantytown.

By Asyl Osmonalieva in Bishkek (RCA No. 594, 06-Nov-09)

No visitor to Altyn Kazyk, a shantytown on the outskirts of the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek, can ignore the stinking smoke rising from piles of smouldering waste. Residents say it floats over the settlement day and night, and it only takes half-an-hour here to induce a strong headache.

This is not the only health hazard threatening the collection of small, unpainted clay houses. There is a gas pipeline

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Afghanistan + 39 others
Food crisis: What the World Bank is doing, 21 Oct 2009

Report
World Bank
updated October 21, 2009

In response to the severity of the food crisis and the need for prompt action, the World Bank Group set up the Global Food Crisis Response Program (GFRP) in May 2008 to provide immediate relief to countries hard hit by food high prices. The Bank response has been articulated in coordination with the United Nations' High-Level Task Force on food security. Through its response, the Bank is supporting the implementation of the joint Comprehensive Framework for Action (CFA).

The World Bank Group increased GFRP to

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Afghanistan + 5 others
Quarterly Regional Humanitarian Funding Update, 3rd Quarter 2009

MAIN FINDINGS

- In September, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced a pledge of US$100 million to the Pakistan Humanitarian Response Plan, and a further US$ 1 million towards the Yemen Flash Appeal. Further details of these donations will be released shortly.

- The Yemen Flash Appeal, for a total of US$23,750,000, was launched on 2 September. As of end September, no

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Tajikistan + 1 other
£14m poverty plan for Central Asia

New =A314 million poverty plan targets economic growth across Central Asia

A new plan to allocate =A314 million is set to drive economic growth across Central Asia and tackle poverty in the region's poorest areas.

DFID's three-year plan will look at boosting the business climate across the region, strengthening public services and improving the effectiveness of development organisations.

By 2012 the plan aims to turn around the region's finances by:

- Helping over one million people participate in rural growth programmes, including setting up new small businesses.