Islamabad – The Pakistan Economic Coordination Committee has announced the release of 75,000 metric tons of wheat to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). This completes the entire donation of 150,000 metric tons pledged by the Government of Pakistan for 2013. WFP recently concluded delivery of the first half released earlier this year in support of families affected by law enforcement operations in the country’s north-west.
This latest contribution follows sizeable in-kind donations from the federal government and the provincial governments of Sindh and Balochistan last year. More than 70,000 metric tons of wheat were successfully delivered to disaster-affected communities in 2012, thanks to complementary funding from other donors to cover the processing and transportation of the wheat.
“This year’s donation, valued at PKR 5.5 billion (US$52 million), places Pakistan as WFP’s second largest donor in the country in 2013 and demonstrates the government’s continued ownership of the development process and a strong commitment to helping its people in need. To date, international donors have provided complementary funding of US$29 million out of the total requirement of US$43 million,” said WFP Pakistan Country Director, Lola Castro.
Contributions from other donors are necessary in order for the wheat to be milled, fortified with vitamins and minerals and distributed to families who have been compelled to leave their homes in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), as well as those who have returned as the law and order process progresses. This latest donation will allow WFP to distribute full cereal ration to these groups until the first part of 2014.
WFP works together with the Government of Pakistan to provide food assistance and align its strategies with national priorities addressing food security and nutrition in the country. WFP aims to assist 8.3 million people between 2013 and 2015 at a total cost of US$535 million with projects to improve economic opportunities and promote social inclusion in FATA, boost community resilience in disaster-prone areas, and address nutrition and education needs in the country.
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