DUSHANBE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has joined forces with microfinance provider IMON International (MDO IMON) and the local cooperating partners to launch its first cash assistance project in Tajikistan.
The project is designed to benefit 500 vulnerable families in Shahritus and Balkhi districts in the south of the country. The aim is to build the resilience of communities exposed to frequent natural shocks while providing better assistance to vulnerable and food-insecure families.
Participants will receive cash incentives in return for community work planned for the coming six months. The work includes rehabilitating drainage canals and feeder roads in addition to constructing irrigation pump stations in both districts. The project will help irrigate some 340 hectares of additional land and rehabilitate 3200 metres of irrigation canals.
Each of the 500 participants will receive 440 TJS (equivalent to US$50) for 25 daily work norms. WFP will assist project participants with opening card accounts with MDO IMON which will be used for to transfer the funds.
“WFP supports the national plan for food and nutrition security and is committed to ensuring that vulnerable and food-insecure communities can meet their needs,” says WFP Country Director in Tajikistan, Paolo Mattei.
WFP is working with its partners and the government to expand the project to 20 districts.