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June 30, 2014
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. 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
|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