Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Pakistan

June 30, 2014

Food Security Situation

Map of Pakistan
CIA World Factbook
  • 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. Recent violence in the area has led to the displacement of nearly 500,000 people. It is believed that more than one million internally displaced persons (IDPs) remain in the in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
  • Overall, the food supply situation has been satisfactory following consecutive years of relatively good harvests. The 2014 winter wheat harvest is expected to be a record 25.4 million tons, up 5 percent from last year effectively stabilizing wheat prices. However, high wheat prices resulting from disasters and a poor 2013 harvest remain a contributing factor to food insecurity, especially for low-income households.

Food Assistance Programs

  • The Office of Food for Peace (FFP) is currently the largest donor of food assistance to the World Food Program (WFP) in Pakistan, having contributed 47,470 MT of in-kind food assistance in FY 2014 so far. FFP funding provides food assistance for more than 860,000 food-insecure Pakistanis in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Sindh, and Balochistan regions. FFP also provides funding to WFP to cover the costs of transforming wheat donated by the Government of Pakistan into wheat flour for distribution to IDPs.
  •  FFP recently provided the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) with 530 MT of ready-to-use therapeutic foods to help treat approximately 38,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition nationwide.

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2014 $66.8 million 48,000 MT
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 2014 Contribution Breakdown:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Title II Development ---- ----
Title II Emergency $61.3 million 48,000 MT
Emergency Food Seucrity Program (EFSP) $5.5 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, FAO, UNHCR, and UNOCHA as of June 2014. FY 2014 contribution based on funds awarded as of June 2014.


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Last updated: June 30, 2014

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