Though Tajikistan experienced significantly higher than average rain and snowfall during January, minimal agricultural and structural damage was incurred. Despite this, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has informed in-country diplomatic missions and international organisations to monitor the situation, as there may be further rains during the Spring months.
WFP’s School Meals Programme will resume its scheduled food assistance on 01 February, following the end of the January Break. This programme assists 370,000 children throughout Tajikistan.
During January, WFP met with its Cooperating Partner, Caritas Switzerland, to discuss monitoring indicators and pilot progress in Muminobod district where Caritas distributed complementary locally purchased foods, including eggs and milk. Monitoring are conducted on the school meals and local production capacity to integrate component of locally produced food into the school meals programme.
Interministerial Coordination Committee is currently working on the draft of the National School Meal Strategy.
Between 28-30 January, a series of 130 avalanches occurred in the East and North of Tajikistan, resulting in the deaths of seven people and causing significant infrastructure damage. No requests were made by the Government to UN agencies to assist the affected communities. WFP remains ready to provide emergency food assistance should it be required.
WFP provided measurement equipment such as electronic scales to 145 Primary Health Centres in the Khatlon region, in the districts of Kulob, Shaartuz and Balkhi.
Building on advances in 2016, in January 2017 WFP developed and distributed communication materials on the importance of good nutrition in TB treatment to all 60 national TB centres.
Data for the last round of the Food Security Monitoring System (FSMS) was collected in December, facilitated through a contribution from United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and with technical assistance of UNICEF. Drafting of the bulletin is under the process. During the last round, WFP Tajikistan improved the FSMS questionnaire to incorporate a more comprehensive gender prospective, following a consultation with VAM regional expert. The data is expected to provide a tool to analyse and monitor the gender dynamics in terms of food security.