Affected by drought and then floods. This is Moldova’s unfortunate track record over the past few years. In addition to hostile climatic conditions, the country had been hit by the brunt of global food price increases, which has left a scar on the most vulnerable. The World Bank’s response to this challenge has been the allocation of an emergency US $7 million under the Global Food Crises Response (GFCR) Program, of which US $2 million are being used for provision of food aid packages to the most in need.
The program is implemented by UNICEF and the Ministry of Health, with the participation of Moldova’s Ministry of Local Public Administration and Ministry of Social Protection, Family and Child.
The distribution of the first lot of food started on June 2 in the town of Orhei, central Moldova. Standardized packages include wheat flour, rice, buckwheat, sunflower oil and canned meat – the basics needed to ensure an adequate diet for expectant mothers.