• In February, the new WFP Representative/Country Director in Tajikistan met the Minister of Education and Science of Tajikistan with the view of strengthening the partnerships in education sector, especially concerning School Feeding programmes. The partners updated each other on ongoing operational affairs of the School Meals Programme and discussed institutional capacity strengthening of the Ministry. It was agreed to establish a SF Unit under the Ministry.
• Under pilot initiatives of an improved School Feeding model, furniture was provided to canteens of 50 schools that are currently receiving food assistance from WFP.
• WFP expanded the Cash-based Transfer modality to Rasht Valley while initiating asset creation and livelihood activities. Through Food-Assistance-forAssets (FFA) activities, WFP will support two communities in rehabilitating irrigation facilities. The 15 km long irrigation facilities will help to improve irrigation of above 1,000 ha of land belonging to poor farmers.
• The Annual Plan for joint activities of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Population of the Republic of Tajikistan and World Food Programme for 2019 was bilaterally approved in February. The plan covers activities on prevention and treatment of moderate acute malnutrition. Within the framework of this Plan, WFP will also conduct a Barrier Analysis Survey and expand the implementation of SCOPE (WFP’s beneficiary identity and benefit management system) Conditional-On-Demand-Assistance (CODA) in the targeted districts of Khatlon and Sughd regions.