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September 30, 2013
Food Security Situation
Food insecurity in Pakistan is largely a problem of economic access by the poorest and most vulnerable members of the population to an adequate, diverse diet, and is exacerbated by militancy, natural disasters, and lack of basic health and nutrition education.
- Government security operations continue in the tribal area of the northwest as do terrorist attacks against both military and civilian targets. The violence has led to stagnation, power shortages, and high food and fuel prices.
According to the 2011 National Nutrition Survey, the Global Acute Malnutrition rate of Pakistan is 15.1 percent, defined by the World Health Organization to be ‘critical.’ Additionally, 44 percent of children under 5 are stunted and 32 percent are underweight; 51 percent of pregnant women are anemic. Factors contributing to under-nutrition include low incomes, rising food prices, inadequate dietary intake and diversity, poor water and sanitation, and early and frequent child bearing.
Food Assistance Programs
- The Office of Food for Peace (FFP) now targets approximately 1,446,000 food-insecure Pakistanis in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Sindh, and Balochistan regions, and an additional 90,000 severe acute malnourished children nationwide.
- FFP partners with the World Food Program (WFP), the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and the Hashoo Foundation on a variety of activities aiming to improve food security including general food distribution, ready-to-use therapeutic food distribution for children, targeted nutritional activities, cash-for-work programming and to support the costs associated with distributing wheat donated by the Government of Pakistan.
Food for Peace Contributions
|U.S. Dollars||Metric Tons|
|Fiscal Year 2013||$80.8 million||51,400 MT|
|Fiscal Year 2012||$95.6 million||93,163 MT|
|Fiscal Year 2011||$164.4 million||184,464 MT|
|Fiscal Year 2010||$233.8 million||366,202 MT|
|Fiscal Year 2009||$55.4 million||62,730 MT|
Fiscal Year 2013 Contribution Breakdown:
|U.S. Dollars||Metric Tons|
|Title II Development||----||----|
|Title II Emergency||$69.6 million||51,400 MT|
|Emergency Food Seucrity Program (EFSP)||$10.9 million||----|
Note: MT: Metric Ton; FFP: Food for Peace; WFP: Word Food Programme; UNICEF: United Nations Children fund
٭Food Security Situation information is provided by WFP as of June 2013.
Last updated: September 30, 2013