Tajikistan to Address Food and Nutrition Insecurity with World Bank Support – Tajikistan

Tajikistan to Address Food and Nutrition Insecurity with World Bank Support – Tajikistan

The $50 million grant will even assist improve the general resilience of the agriculture sector

WASHINGTON, December 22, 2022 — The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors at present authorized extra grant financing of $50 million from the Crisis Response window for the Strengthening Resilience of the Agriculture Sector Project in Tajikistan to assist efforts of the Government of Tajikistan to mitigate meals and diet insecurity impacts on households and improve the general resilience of the agriculture sector.

“The spillover results of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, coupled with lingering hostile results of the COVID-19 pandemic, have elevated the dangers of meals and diet insecurity in Tajikistan, particularly threatening the well being and wellbeing of the agricultural inhabitants, together with younger youngsters,” mentioned Ozan Sevimli, World Bank Country Manager to Tajikistan. “With these sources, Tajikistan will be capable of tackle these dangers by offering assist to farmers, distribution of micronutrients and vitamin dietary supplements to pregnant and lactating ladies and younger youngsters, in addition to by supporting nationwide meals fortification efforts via the institution of a premix revolving fund to be managed by the Government.”

According to the World Food Program, by the tip of the 12 months, 30 p.c of the inhabitants in Tajikistan might be labeled as reasonably food-insecure—up from 20 p.c in 2021—whereas these acutely affected by meals insecurity might greater than double to eight.6 p.c of the inhabitants. Despite vital progress over the past decade, malnutrition amongst youngsters and girls continues to stay a significant problem for the nation. With 18 p.c of kids underneath the age of 5 being stunted, Tajikistan has the best price of stunting within the Europe and Central Asia area.

As a part of the extra financing, the challenge will assist the procurement and distribution of emergency seeds, fertilizers and small-scale equipment to weak farmers, together with women-famers; procurement and distribution of micronutrient and vitamin dietary supplements for pregnant and lactating ladies and younger youngsters underneath the age of 5, ready-to-use therapeutic meals for youngsters threatened by extreme losing; and a media communication marketing campaign to enhance toddler and younger youngster feeding practices and dissemination of crucial diet messages.

The challenge is anticipated to learn 345,000 weak farmers, together with ladies receiving emergency help of seeds, fertilizers, and small farm equipment; over 350,000 pregnant and lactating ladies and greater than 1 million youngsters underneath 5 receiving iron-folic acid dietary supplements; and 10,000 youngsters threatened by extreme losing receiving ready-to-use therapeutic meals. In complete, it’s anticipated that over 1.4 million folks will profit from the challenge’s emergency interventions. The challenge will even finance the institution of extra agri-logistical facilities to enhance the competitiveness of horticulture worth chains and enhance farmers’ entry to markets. It will strengthen nationwide capability on prevention and administration of future crises and meals fortification, in addition to assist the federal government in revising the meals safety legislation and improvement of a meals safety disaster preparedness plan.

The original project approved in 2021 seeks to strengthen the muse for a extra resilient agriculture sector, which is able to in flip assist to speed up agricultural diversification, contribute to the event of a viable sector of personal micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises in rural areas, and generate extra employment alternatives.

Currently, the World Bank is financing 22 initiatives in Tajikistan totaling $1.4 billion. Since 1996, the World Bank has supplied over $2.5 billion in IDA grants, extremely concessional credit, and belief funds for Tajikistan. The World Bank is dedicated to persevering with its assist because the nation strives to enhance lives and meet the aspirations of its younger and rising inhabitants.

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Contacts

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In Washington, D.C.

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