Switzerland allocates over USD 9 million to support most vulnerable rural communities in climate change and disaster risks resilience

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Local news, 24.01.2023

The Ambassador of Switzerland to the Kyrgyz Republic Olivier Bangerter and the Representative and Country Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Mr. Kojiro Nakai have signed an agreement on the contribution from the Government of Switzerland to the WFP’s Country Strategic Plan for 2023-2027 (CSP). The First Deputy Minister of Emergency Situations of the Kyrgyz Republic Mr. Azamat Mambetov took part in the signing assuring the commitment to support and proactively participate in the implementation.

From left to right: the Country Director of the UN WFP Mr. Kojiro Nakai, the First Deputy Minister of Emergency Situations of the Kyrgyz Republic Mr. Azamat Mambetov and the Ambassador of Switzerland Olivier Bangerter © Swiss Embassy Bishkek, 2023.

The Government of Switzerland will allocate over USD 9 million for the WFP CSP pillar aimed at building the resilience of the most vulnerable rural communities against climate change and disaster risks. This component is being implemented by WFP in partnership with the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Kyrgyz Republic.

The activities will cover Osh, Batken, Jalalabad and Naryn provinces and support around 250,000 most vulnerable households, as well as targeted local authorities and institutions on the national level to build a systemic approach in managing hazards, such as droughts, mudslides, floods, etc. Reliable and timely climate information, disaster-resilient planning and selected infrastructure support will be provided to the beneficiaries.

Disaster risk management activities will also be strengthened to prepare for climate related hazards and reduce their impact on food and nutrition security. The vulnerable communities will be provided with food security and livestock insurance tools and will be trained on build-back-better mechanisms.

The contribution implementation is foreseen for the next 5 years.