ISLAMABAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of US$6.7 million from the Government of Canada for nutrition, school feeding and relief activities in Pakistan.
The contribution will enable WFP to run its school feeding programme without a break in food supplies until December 2014, supporting more than 200,000 students in nearly 1,200 schools in six agencies of FATA. Part of the donation will also be used for nutrition activities. In addition, the funds will support the milling and fortification with micronutrients of 2,905 metric tons of wheat donated by the Government of Pakistan to WFP for its relief operation.
“Canada is proud to contribute to the World Food Programme’s efforts in Pakistan to increase food security and ensuring access to nutritious food,” said H.E. Greg Giokas Canadian High Commissioner in Pakistan. WFP is Canada’s largest humanitarian partner and we will continue together to respond to Pakistan’s emergencies and save lives by getting food to the hungry quickly, while also working to prevent hunger in the future”
WFP’s school feeding programme focuses on the conflict-affected areas of FATA which are highly food insecure and characterized by low literacy rates, especially among women. WFP is targeting approximately 60 percent of the schools in six agencies with the aim of stabilising enrolment and encouraging boys and girls to get an education. School meals help address short-term hunger needs and low enrollment rates through onsite feeding, as well as providing take-home rations which persuade families to send their children to school.
“WFP applauds these contributions from Canada that will boost nutrition and education needs in Pakistan,” said Lola Castro, WFP Pakistan Representative and Country Director. “WFP’s interventions aim to treat malnutrition among women and children through providing supplementary foods – an important step in achieving nutrition security among this community.”
The Government of Canada has provided WFP with much-needed support amounting to almost US$55 million over the past four years. These donations have been been critical in sustaining relief food assistance for people affected by floods and insecurity.
Funding received from Canada has also supported WFP projects to construct storage facilities across the country in order to boost disaster preparedness and response capacities at the field level.
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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food in emergencies and working with communities to build resilience. In 2013, WFP assisted more than 80 million people in 75 countries.
In Pakistan, WFP has been present since 1968 and works in close collaboration with the Government of Pakistan, aligning its strategies with national priorities addressing sustainable food security and nutrition in the country and also focusing on enhancing national resilience to disasters, crises and external shocks. WFP aims to assist 8.3 million people between 2013 and 2015 at a total cost of US$535 million seeking, amongst others, to improve economic opportunities and promote social inclusion in FATA, boost community resilience in disaster-prone areas, and address nutrition and education in the country.
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