Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Pakistan

February 24, 2017

Food Security Situation

Map of Pakistan
CIA World Factbook
  • In Pakistan, the poorest and most vulnerable members of the population lack economic access to an adequate, diverse diet. This is exacerbated by conflict between the Government of Pakistan (GoP) and militant groups, recurrent natural disasters—including drought and floods— as well as a lack of basic health and nutrition education.
  • Malnutrition is a recognized public health problem in Pakistan and plays a substantial role in the country’s elevated child morbidity and mortality rates. The National Nutrition Survey (NNS) conducted in 2011 revealed that every second child (45 percent) under five is stunted, 32 percent are underweight and 15 percent suffer from acute malnutrition.
  • 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 prices. An estimated 105,800 households remained displaced in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) as of October 2016, according to the UN. 
  • While Pakistan’s overall food supply is stable as of November 2016, following two consecutive strong harvests, the lingering effects of the 2015 floods have contributed to continued food insecurity.

Food Assistance Programs

  • In Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP) provided $10 million to the World Food Program (WFP) for ongoing food assistance to conflict-affected households in FATA and KPk. FFP support also includes $6 million in funding to assist the distribution of GoP-donated wheat, as well as $4 million for the local and regional procurement of food commodities.
  • In FY 2016, FFP partnered with UNICEF to provide in-kind, ready-to-use therapeutic foods to 2.5 acutely malnourished children and contributed to WFP’s program targeting an estimated 3.4 million people —including IDPs and returnees in FATA and KPk—for emergency food assistance.

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2017 $10.0 million 25,879 MT
Fiscal Year 2016 $20.0 million 48,870 MT
Fiscal Year 2015 $57.0 million 187,529 MT
Fiscal Year 2014 $67.3 million  76,210 MT
Fiscal Year 2013 $80.8 million 51,400 MT

Fiscal Year 2017 Contribution Breakdown:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Title II Development ---- ----
Title II Emergency $10.0 million 25,879 MT
Emergency Food Seucrity Program (EFSP) ---- ----

Note: EFSP: Emergency Food Security Program; MT: Metric Ton; FFP: Food for Peace; WFP: Word Food Program; IDP: Internally Displaced Person; NWA: North Waziristan Agency; FATA: Federally Administered Tribal Areas; KPK: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Food Security Situation information is provided by WFP and UNHCR as of December 2016.


Last updated: April 07, 2017

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