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17 October 2017
Nurek - An event to celebrate World Food Day has been held here by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations International Organization for Migration (IOM).
The event, entitled Change the future of migration: invest in food security and rural development, was attended by governmental counterparts, ambassadors, donors, partners and media representatives. It highlighted the link between food security, migration and rural development through short dramas, cookery and poster-drawing competitions for children, and quizzes around the World Food Day theme. It also emphasized how migration can increase the workforce of host communities and bring new skills, knowledge and money to the migrants’ home communities.
“Migrants can directly contribute to increasing productivity, employment opportunities, access to markets, knowledge and financial services for the benefits of their home countries and their families,” said FAO Representative in Tajikistan emphasized Mr. Viorel Gutu.
Together with partners the agencies commit to further expand their work towards strengthening the positive contribution that migrants are bringing for poverty reduction, food security and nutrition, and resilience of rural households in their home communities.
“The World Food Day reminds us that while in the developed world, food is linked to abundance and diversity, access to food is still a constant battle for many. Food insecurity is too often a motive for migration as a mechanism to seek income-generating opportunities,” said IOM Chief of Mission in Tajikistan Mr. Dragan Aleksoski. "IOM will continue to work with FAO, WFP, other UN agencies and partners to ensure that people migrate as a matter of choice rather than necessity. Consequently, we are strongly committed to combating factors that lead to forced displacement, such as food insecurity.”
Special mention was made of a recently-published report, The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI), and of the importance of a coordinated approach in addressing hunger and building the resilience of rural communities in Tajikistan.
This year’s SOFI report, published by five UN agencies1, gives updated estimates of the number and proportion of hungry people on the planet and includes data at global, regional, and national levels. It stresses that conflicts, climate change and economic shocks are the major factors contributing to the rise of global hunger, affecting 815 million people worldwide. In Tajikistan, the prevalence of undernourishment decreased from 41.5% to 30.1% during the period 2004-2016, while the number of people affected has slightly decreased from 2.8 to 2.6 million.
“Undernourishment costs Tajikistan US$41 million annually,” said WFP Country Director in Tajikistan Paolo Mattei. “If children are to be healthy and achieve their potential, it’s vital they receive the right kind of nutrition when they are growing up.”
The three agencies support the national plan for food security and rural development in the country and are committed to improving food and nutrition security among the most vulnerable, including returning migrants.
For more information, please contact:
Food and Agriculture Organization in Tajikistan
27, Rudaki Avenue, Dushanbe, Tajikistan, 734025
Tel: +992 44 601 90 60
Fax: +992 44 601 90 62
Website: www.fao.org
World Food Programme in Tajikistan
7 Tolstoi Street, Dushanbe 734003, Tajikistan
Tel: (992 44) 6252000
Fax: +992 372 51087
Website: www.wfp.org
International Organization for Migration
22 A, second drive, Azizbekov Street, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Tel: (+992 48) 701 02 22;
Fax: (+992 37) 251 00 62
Website: www.iom.int


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