WFP Supports Tajikistan Emergency Preparedness and Response

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DUSHANBE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is working closely with the Government of Tajikistan so it is better prepared for disasters and the impact of a changing climate.

“WFP always stands ready to support Tajikistan and other partners to make them best prepared and equipped for emergencies,” said WFP Country Director Paolo Mattei. “Enhancing the government’s response and risk reduction capacities goes hand in hand with assisting the most vulnerable and food insecure people in Tajikistan.”

WFP, which has operated in Tajikistan since 1993, is providing technical and financial support to the Committee of Emergency Situations (CoES) to strengthen its emergency preparedness and response capacity.

In line with a new agreement with the Tajikistan government, WFP will continue to provide technical assistance to build the capacity of the CoES Information Management and Analytical Centre (IMAC). The centre conducts risk assessments and collects, analyses and disseminates data on natural disasters.

Thanks to a recent allocation from its Immediate Response Account, WFP provided two unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) to CoES that can monitor disaster-prone areas and create situational maps to improve preparedness and deploy in recovery efforts. WFP has also equipped the CoES warehouse with refrigeration units for storage of perishable food items that could be used in an emergency.

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

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For more information on WFP activities in Tajikistan, visit: www.wfp.org/countries/tajikistan

For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Dilbar Ruzadorova, WFP/Tajikistan, Tel. +992 9000 929 87