DUSHANBE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) held today a ceremony to mark the handover of technical equipment to strengthen the government’s capacity to monitor disaster-prone areas and create situational maps to improve search and rescue operations during emergencies.
Dushanbe, Tajikistan, 16 July 2018 – A delegation from Tajik governmental institutions involved in flood management went on a study tour to Switzerland and Bosnia and Herzegovina to learn to better deal with floods and strengthen the capacity in Tajikistan. The tour, which took place from 30 June to 7 July, was organized by the UNDP with the financial support from the Swiss Agency for Development.
DUSHANBE – The United Nations World Food Programme has launched a process that seeks to improve food security and nutrition across Tajikistan as part of a five-year Country Strategic Plan (CSP). The plan will support Tajikistan’s efforts to achieve Zero Hunger by 2024.
At a consultation meeting today, government and development stakeholders gathered to review findings from two key studies: The Zero Hunger Strategic Review and Fill the Nutrient Gap. These studies will inform and underpin the CSP.
Tajikistan is a landlocked, lower-middle income, food deficit country. The mountainous landscape confines arable land to just seven percent of the country’s surface and poses enormous challenges to food security during the winter period. The country is the poorest in the Commonwealth of Independent States, with 47 percent of the population living on less than USD 1.33 a day and 17 percent subsisting on less than USD 0.85 a day.
Dushanbe, 22 June 2018 – Following the devastating floods that struck southern Tajikistan in May, the European Commission has allocated €60,000 (approximately TJS 63,000) in humanitarian funding to bring emergency assistance to communities affected by the disaster.
DUSHANBE, June 20, 2018 – Mitigating the increases in floods, droughts, melting glaciers and other climate change-related effects requires coordinated action at the national, regional, and global levels, said Cyril Muller, World Bank Vice President for Europe and Central Asia, during his visit to Tajikistan on June 20, 2018.
Real GDP grew by 7% in the first quarter of 2018. Tajikistanis depend heavily on remittances from Russia; hence the growth is mainly driven by increased exports of metals and a boom in the Russian economy.
Unemployment rate is relatively low in Tajikistan., and has been stable at 2.20 for the first quarter of 2018. Unemployment Rate in Tajikistan averaged 2.42 percent from 2000 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 3.13 percent in January of 2000 and a record low of 2 percent in December of 2004.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
On 04 April, WFP Tajikistan launched an event for the “Fill the Nutrient Gap” (FNG) analysis, supported by WFP HQ and Regional Bureau Cairo mission team. The analysis aims at identifying context-specific barriers to adequate nutrient intake among specific target groups. The preliminary findings of the ‘Cost of Diet (CotD)’ tool were presented to representatives of Government and non-government organizations.
Dushanbe, 23 May 2018
On 23 May, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) handed over the Search and Rescue equipment and heavy machinery to the Committee of Emergency Situations and Civil Defence under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan (CoES), procured within the framework of “Strengthening Preparedness and Response Capacities” project, funded by the Russian Federation - UNDP Trust Fund for Development.
Real GDP grew by 7.1% in 2017. The primary drivers of economic growth in 2017 were metals exports, especially electricity, aluminium and gold. A return to growth in Russia in 2017 led to a rebound in remittances and boosted household demand.
In February consumer price inflation slowed to 5.2% year on year, and in March inflation decelerated further, to 2.5%. Food prices comprise the main component of the consumer price index, at 53.1%. Among the different food products, wheat products are very important in determining domestic prices, as they comprise the main staple foods in Tajikistan. On a year-on-year basis, the price of flour fell by 6% in March.
Over 90% of Tajikistan’s territory is mountainous, making it prone to a wide range of natural disasters such as floods, landslides, avalanches and earthquakes. Indeed, the country has been assessed as the most vulnerable in the region of Europe and Central Asia in terms of future climate change risks.
Dushanbe – Many thousands of Tajiks leave their country every year for jobs in Russia and Kazakhstan, but the Central Asian nation is also a transit zone for refugees and migrants from China, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. Like nationals, transiting migrants also have access to medical checks, and the health status of migrant workers is a priority for the Tajik National Health Strategy.
Sughd Province, Tajikistan, 13 April 2018.
Sughd Province, Tajikistan, 13 April 2018.
AT A GLANCE
Region Central Asia
Risks Extreme weather events exacerbated by climate change
Area of Engagement Strengthening hydromet services and early warning systems
The Central Asia Hydrometeorology Modernization Project is helping countries in the region adapt to disaster and climate risk by bolstering their weather forecasting and early warning efforts.
A GEOGRAPHY OF RISK AMPLIFIED BY CLIMATE CHANGE
• The Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board approved the funding of USD 9.97 million for Tajikistan to increase the adaptive capacities of the most vulnerable and food insecure communities of the mountainous regions of the country. The project will benefit approximately 120,000 individuals with activities implemented over the next four years.
• WFP completed a week of training on the Basic Use of the Geographic Information System (GIS) and 72-hour Emergency Response Approach.
Moscow – Saturday, 7 April is World Health Day, and IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is using the occasion to draw attention to the health needs – and rights – of migrants.
“Migrants and mobile populations deserve specific attention due to linguistic, structural and economic barriers which can limit their access to health services,” noted Dr. Jaime Calderon, IOM’s Senior Regional Health Advisor for South Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia – a region which sometimes falls short of the World Health Organization’s goals of Health for All.