Gagauzia is not an insect, nor is it a curse word. It is an autonomous region in southern Moldova where support from the Global Food Crises Response (GFCR) Program has provided grant money to respond to global food price increases. An annual grant allocation of just under US $45,000, in addition to state budgetary contributions, is helping a sanatorium in the town of Ceadir-Lunga provide a healthy and rich diet for children with disabilities and respiratory conditions.
The grant-financing, which has 2 components, includes around US $2 million in food aid packages distribution targeted at the most vulnerable populations of Moldova and over US $4.5 million in temporary cash transfers to social institutions which provide food to children, elderly, persons with mental or physical disabilities and other vulnerable groups of people across the country. The cash transfers are to be used to purchase food to compensate for food price increases. A total of 1,645 of these have so far received IDA grant money to mitigate the increases in food prices.