Japan Gov’t Supports 68K Tajik Kids, Families with Meals

DUSHANBE – In 2022, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) received a US$357,000 contribution from the Government of Japan in support of the country’s School Feeding Programme.

The contribution was used until February 2023 to purchase food commodities, including fortified wheat flour and vegetable oil and pulses, for 68,000 schoolchildren and their families in Tajikistan. Schools with Afghan refugee children and Tajik children from the host community who are at risk of food insecurity were prioritized.

“The Government of Japan has been a significant partner to WFP Tajikistan over the years,” said WFP Representative and Country Director Adham Musallam. “We are extremely grateful for Japan’s continued support as communities, including Afghan refugees, still need our support in strengthening food and nutrition security and building resilience against shocks.”

For more than 20 years, WFP has been providing healthy, nutritious school meals to Tajik children through the national School Feeding Programme. More than 450,000 primary school children in some 2,000 schools across the country receive daily hot meals and fresh bread.

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