WFP Tajikistan Country Brief, October 2020

Situation Report
Originally published


In Numbers 404,261 people assisted in October 2020 500,213 mt of food assistance distributed US$ 56,700 cash-based transfers made US$ 8 m six months (Nov 2020 – Apr 2021) net WFP funding requirements

Operational Updates

• In October, WFP carried out its cash-for-work programme to support vulnerable households in four districts of GBAO (Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region) to cope with the socio-economic shocks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, primarily due to increasing food costs and decreasing remittances from labour migrants. Participating households carry out public works and the initiative is expected to assist 15,000 beneficiaries. In October, more than 2,000 recipients benefited from cash-based transfers.

• With the support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), WFP has also launched cash-for-work projects in the Districts of Republican Subordination (DRS) to respond to COVID-19. This initiative will support an additional 19,000 vulnerable people. WFP will be working with five partners in various locations throughout DRS to implement these projects.

• In October, school feeding was resumed in all regions of the country after receiving fortified wheat flour. Parentteacher associations and local authorities provided complementary food commodities during feeding days.

• WFP facilitated an intersectoral coordination mission to Khatlon Region, during which, different models of school feeding arrangements were explored. The models are based on feasibility in the regional context.
This review will support the implementation of the 2017-2027 School Feeding Strategy in Tajikistan.

• In October, WFP started the implementation of Social Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) trials on oil consumption. WFP aims to reduce the amount of cooking oil used and prevent obesity and noncommunicable diseases in Jaloliddini Balkhi District of Khatlon Region. Currently, a mix of interventions are being developed and delivered, such as the distribution of promotional materials, conducting community cooking demonstrations, distribution of cooking oil spray devices and measuring spoons. The results of the nimble trials will be used to determine improvements in oil consumption behaviour.