Food Coalition

Inputs from HiHi-FAO Tajikistan to the corporate umbrella programme for COVID-19 Response

The impact of the spread of COVID-19 pandemic is also observed in Tajikistan. The World Bank (WB) forecasts that the GDP growth will drop to 1 percent in 2020 and to 3.7 percent in 2021 compared to 7.5 percent in 2019. Tajikistan is a food deficit country and imports almost 70% of its food. It is estimated that a total of 110 thousand seasonal migrants will not travel for labour migration abroad this year, with an estimated total of 200 thousand migrants staying home until this summer. According to the WB estimates, remittances accounted for about 25-30% of the GDP for the last five years. It is expected that this contribution to the GDP would be negatively impacted in 2020. This will provide the further pressure on employment, generating potential social pressure and influencing food security.

Lack of remittances and alternative employment will consequently deprive farmers from the access to agricultural inputs, further resulting in less production and food availability. This may put pressure on the limited natural resources as well. The Government of Tajikistan has developed two action plans, one on the COVID-19 Country Preparedness and Response that mainly relates to the health sector, and another one for Prevention and Reducing the National Economy’s Exposure to Potential Risks of COVID-19. Provision of agricultural inputs is one of the key measures of the latter plan

Priority Areas of work: Other
SDG: 1. No Poverty, 2. Zero Hunger, 5. Gender Equality, 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth, 10. Reduced Inequality
Level: Country
Country: Tajikistan
Budget: USD 350 000 to USD 500 000

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