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.
WFP held a validation workshop for key government stakeholders on the re-positioning of the Optimising School Meals Programme from a sole focus on education to a strategic national social safety net.
WFP signed an agreement with the UK Embassy for a USD 18,600 grant to support peacebuilding activities in Batken province.
On 17 January 2017, WFP held a high-level government stakeholder meeting to present and discuss the theory of change and scope of study undertaken to reposition the Optimising School Meals Programme from a solely education-oriented initiative to a social protection measure for food insecure families. The government stakeholders endorsed the re-positioning of the programme towards a social protection measure. The programme can benefit the education, health and economic sectors within the country.
On 20 January 2017, WFP and the UK Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic signed a grant agreement for 15,000 GBP, which will be used to supplement WFP peacebuilding activities in the south of the country until the end of March 2017. The grant is to be used to train project management committees to understand and share information with communities particularly on natural resource management.
On 21 January, conflict between Tajik and Kyrgyz groups was reported in Kok-Tash village, Kyrgyz Republic where WFP has some operations. This was the first such incident in over two years. The relevant authorities quickly restored control and the reasons for the incident are under investigation. UNDSS is monitoring the situation.
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 absence of a MoU initially delayed the creation of a school feeding unit under the Ministry. The MoU was cleared by all ministries and forwarded by the Ministry of Education and Science to the Government for final clearance. The signing of the MoU is a big milestone for the sustainability of the national school meals programme.