Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Pakistan

January 4, 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. More than 224,000 families voluntarily returned to their areas of origin since March 2015.
  • 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

  • USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP) now targets more than 1.6 million food-insecure Pakistanis in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Sindh, and Balochistan regions and an additional 38,000 severe acute malnourished children nationwide.
  • In FY 2016, FFP has contributed more than $24 million for the local and regional procurement of commodities and nearly $18 million in "twinning" funds for logistics and support costs of GoP-donated wheat to meet the emergency needs of vulnerable populations in FATA and KPK agencies.
  • FFP partners provide U.S. in-kind food assistance to internally displaced persons, refugees, host communities, and conflict-affected populations, as well as  distribute ready-to-use therapeutic foods to acutely malnourished children.

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 2016 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: January 11, 2017

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