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Strengthening Food Security in the Kyrgyz Republic
The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting lockdowns impacted farmers in the Kyrgyz Republic. Seeds were unavailable at the market because of the closed borders, which prevented almost 25% of farmers from starting the planting season on time.
Local Impact, a new partnership between the Aga Khan Foundation and USAID, worked with the Kyrgyz Republic’s Ministry of Labor and Social Development (MLSD) to respond to the crisis, collaborating on a vulnerability mapping tool that helped village leaders identify households that needed the most help. AKF and MLSD distributed food supplies and 167 kilograms of winter wheat seeds provided by Local Impact to 874 vulnerable families. AKF also connected the farmers to an agronomist, who shared information with farmers about planting techniques and yield optimization. More Information