WFP signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Education, underpinning the commitment of the Government to optimising the school meals programme with the models piloted by WFP.
The Japanese embassy in Bishkek announced a donation of USD 83,000 for canteen equipment in WFP supported schools.
On 07 February, WFP signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Education and Science to confirm joint commitment to optimising the national school meals programme. The signing of the MoU is a big milestone for the sustainability of the national school meals programme. Consequently, all canteen equipment and wheat flour for the implementation of the fifth round of optimising school meals was delivered by the end of February. This takes the total of WFP supported schools to 333.
WFP held annual meetings for both project teams in Bishkek during the week 06-10 February. The achievements and challenges of 2016, as well as the way forward for 2017, were discussed with all WFP staff as well as implementing partners.
On 09 February, FAO, UN Women and WFP carried out a joint monitoring visit to Batken and Osh provinces for the Rural Women’s Empowerment project. The trip focused on monitoring the social mobilization of rural women after train-the-trainer sessions were conducted in December 2016.
On 20 February, Ms. Kadenova, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Labour and Social Development visited WFP’s productive safety nets project sites in Bazar-korgon. The results of the project during 2016 were discussed as well as the plans for 2017. These include the launch of the cash based transfers projects in the pilot towns of Kyzyl Kiya, Tash Komur, and Uzgen.
On 21 February, the Japanese Embassy in Bishkek announced that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan had approved USD 83,000 grant for the provision of kitchen equipment for 16 pilot schools in Chui and Issykul oblasts. This project will be implemented by WFP’s local partner ADI.