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Pakistan country strategic plan (2018-2022)

Operation ID: PK01

CSP approved at EB.1/2018

Revision 01 approved by the RD in December 2020

Revision 02 approved by the RD in August 2021

Revision 03 approved by the RD in September 2022

Having realized economic growth and improved security, Pakistan is consolidating efforts and making significant investments to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Persistent malnutrition, high vulnerability to natural disasters and the effects of climate change and declining smallholder production and productivity are challenges that will need to be overcome to achieve the Government of Pakistan’s goal of socio-economic progress. A proper foundation, including a food secure, nourished, educated and healthy population, stability, gender equality and livelihood opportunities, can drive prosperity for the world’s sixth most populous country.

Pakistan’s national development plan, Vision 2025, recognizes the country’s people as its greatest asset and seeks to improve human and social capital, food security and nutrition. The United Nations sustainable development framework for Pakistan for 2018–2022 will focus on economic growth, food security, nutrition, resilience, education, productive livelihoods and social protection. Through rigorous analysis and extensive consultations, a strategic review of food security and nutrition in Pakistan identified challenges to and solutions for eliminating hunger and malnutrition, with the challenges including a need for a comprehensive and integrated approach to food security and nutrition for a rapidly growing and urbanizing population and investment in cost effective approaches that will yield results for future generations.

The strategic review and discussions with the Government served as the basis for this country strategic plan, which describes WFP’s contributions to national priority actions to achieve Sustainable Development Goals 2 and 17 and continue the transition from delivering humanitarian assistance to supporting the Government in building Pakistan’s domestic capacity. At the nexus of humanitarian assistance and development, these efforts aim to safeguard development gains against natural while paving a way to development.

This country strategic plan follows government priorities and seeks synergies with partners to support Pakistan in achieving Vision 2025, the Sustainable Development Goals and other priorities of the Government of Pakistan, including by helping the Government of Pakistan to meet its commitments with regard to international norms and standards. It does so through five strategic outcomes:

  • Strategic outcome 1: Affected populations in Pakistan have timely access to adequate food and nutrition during and in the aftermath of natural disasters and shocks (SDG 2.1).
  • Strategic outcome 2: The social protection system at the federal and provincial levels provides the populations most in need, especially women, adolescent girls and children, with improved and sustained access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food by 2022 (SDG 2.1).
  • Strategic outcome 3: The entire population, especially children under 5, adolescent girls and women of reproductive age, has improved nutrition in line with national targets for 2025 (SDG 2.2).
  • Strategic outcome 4: Communities in disaster prone districts have more resilient food systems and development gains are better protected by disaster risk management systems at all levels by 2022 (SDG 2.4).
  • Strategic outcome 5: Federal and provincial systems have strengthened capabilities for providing food security and essential services by 2022 (SDG 17.9)