WFP and Japan partner to support rural women in Kyrgyzstan


BISHKEK (TCA) — The Government of Japan has contributed US $500,000 to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to empower rural women and benefit more than 2,500 households in Kyrgyzstan, the UN WFP in the Kyrgyz Republic said on January 13.

WFP will use this contribution to provide vocational training in 2017 to rural women in Naryn, Osh, Jalal-Abad, Batken and Talas provinces. The courses focus on improved agricultural techniques, food processing and commercial activities such as baking, sewing and handicraft production. Women will also receive training on business management skills, enabling them to create small businesses and develop income-generating assets.

“Empowering rural women through access to knowledge, resources and equal opportunities brings immediate benefits to families and entire communities while consolidating efforts to create resilience, build stronger businesses, and advance food security in the long-term,” said Japan’s Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic Yoshihiro Yamamura. “We are honoured to join forces with WFP to invest in women to boost national prosperity in the Kyrgyz Republic.”

Japan’s contribution will also provide continued support to vulnerable smallholder farmers, particularly women, to develop their land resources through improving rural infrastructure and increasing agricultural productivity through agricultural inputs, equipment and training.

“This support from the people of Japan will encourage women’s economic empowerment and local development while opening up opportunities for entire communities to strengthen their food and nutrition security and improve their social and economic well-being,” said WFP Kyrgyz Republic Country Director Ram Saravanamuttu.

WFP will also use the funds to introduce new practices to boost the skills of vulnerable rural women. WFP will work closely with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), to provide women with training on high-yield seed production.

This donation follows the success of women’s empowerment activities implemented by WFP last year with the Kyrgyz Ministry of Labour and Social Development. The project supported more than 3,200 rural households – mainly headed by women.

Sergey Kwan