53,451 people assisted in October 2020
897.4 mt of food assistance distributed
US$0 cash-based transfers made
• After parliamentary elections on 4 October 2020, the country experienced several days of civil unrest including the rioting of protesters in the central square of the capital of Bishkek and across other major cities in reaction to the elections’ results.
During violent clashes between the protesters and law enforcement, around 600 people were injured, and one person suffered fatal injuries. On 13 October, President issued a state of emergency in Bishkek with military forces stationed around the city. On 14 October, the parliament gathered and finally approved Sadyr Japarov as the Prime Minister and endorsed a government plan and the new cabinet. On 16 October, the President Sooronbai Jeenbekov officially resigned and as a result, Japarov became Acting President and Prime Minister.
• In October, the epidemiological situation related to the COVID19 pandemic worsened with a daily rise in registered cases over 500.
• Following the political unrest and the increase of COVID-19 cases, the Ministry of Education and Science (MoES) has given the authority for each primary school to individually decide their modality of schooling (online or offline or combined). Considering this arrangement, it was agreed with the MoES that school meals will be provided as usual to the schoolchildren who are observing the in-school education modality. The unused food will be distributed as take-home rations at the end of the second quarter of the academic year to these vulnerable schoolchildren.
• With the support of Good Neighbors International, WFP is establishing a greenhouse at one of the schools in Issyk-Kul province. This project will provide fresh greens and vegetables and will generate additional income for the school in order to contribute to the diversification of the school meals menu and school feeding sustainability in the given school. Within this project, the first round of training on greenhouse construction techniques for relevant school staff and community members took place from 27-29 October 2020. The next rounds of the training session will be conducted throughout November. It’s expected that in December 2020 the greenhouse will be ready for planting.
• More than 26,000 insecure smallholder women and men farmers received close to 856mt of food in the target districts of Talas, Naryn, Osh, Batken and Jalal-Abad provinces through a funding from the Russian Federation. All distribution points were equipped with sanitization packages and leaflets in accordance with WFP’s personal safety procedures.