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14 Aug 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • GoP repatriation program assists nearly 260,000 displaced households to return to FATA

  • Recent polio vaccination campaigns reach 92 percent of targeted children countrywide

  • Flooding results in nearly 50 deaths and displaces at least 11,200 people

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

11 Aug 2017 description

Situation

  • In Pakistan, the poorest and most vulnerable members of the population cannot afford a sufficient and nutritious diet. Ongoing conflict between the Government of Pakistan (GoP) and militant groups, recurrent natural disasters—including drought and floods—and a lack of basic health and nutrition education complicates household access to food and livelihood opportunities.

09 Aug 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • In 2017 UNICEF humanitarian support continued for displaced and returning families in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), and the drought-affected population in Sindh. A total of 29,192 families returned to FATA since January 2017, while 45,488 families remained displaced.

02 Aug 2017 description

ISLAMABAD – The food security situation of returned households to their place of origin in Pakistan’s FATA Agencies has improved significantly since 2014, according to a new report released today.

23 Jul 2017 description

Millions of Pakistanis depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. With almost 80 percent of the country’s area consisting of arid or semi-arid land, however, much of Pakistan’s agricultural land is vulnerable to desertification - the process by which arable land becomes desert due to drought, deforestation, inappropriate agricultural practices, the effects of climate change, or a combination of all of these. As Pakistan’s population grows and the effects of climate change take hold, desertification has become a major source of concern for the country’s fragile ecosystem.

03 Jul 2017 description

The Drought Monitoring System produces Integrated Drought Severity Index (IDSI) on a weekly basis by combining satellite derived information on the conditions of vegetation, temperature and rainfall datasets using long-term (15 years) record.

IDSI product was developed m a joint collaboration with World Meteorological Organizations (WMO), Global Water Partnership (GWP) and CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) led by CIAT and Water, Land and Ecosystems.

02 Jul 2017 description

MITHI: Heavy to moderate rain continued to lash Thar, Badin and several other areas of lower Sindh region on Friday, bringing long-awaited relief to desert dwel­lers and displacing many others in coastal villages.

The rainfall in Nagar­parkar, Mithi, Islamkot and other parts of Thar has brought back joy to the face of drought-stricken desert people as the rain has been more abundant this year than many previous years.

27 Jun 2017 description
report Voice of America

Ben Thompson

WASHINGTON — The latest farm tools on the job in Pakistan are cell phones and satellites. A new program is using satellite data to estimate how much water a field needs, and then texting this information to farmers.

21 Jun 2017 description

Parts of Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the United States of America have seen extremely high May and June temperatures, with a number of records broken. The heatwaves are unusually early and are occurring as the Earth experiences another exceptionally warm year.

12 Jun 2017 description

By Megan Rowling and Andrew Mambondiyani

BARCELONA/HARARE, June 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When a big earthquake, flash flood or other sudden disaster hits, aid agencies spring into action with emergency responses and public appeals for donations. With droughts, it's different.

If the rains don't come, it can take months for the effects to be felt by poor rural families. Hunger kicks in only after crops fail, food stocks are exhausted and livestock start dying - but by then, help often comes too late to head off the worst.

09 Jun 2017 description

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (9 June 2017) — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Pakistan today signed a loan agreement of $86.41 million for the extension of the Pehur High Level Canal in the Swabi and Nowshehra districts of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province.

Xiaohong Yang, ADB’s Country Director for Pakistan, and Tariq Mahmood Pasha, Secretary Economic Affairs Division (EAD) for the Government of Pakistan, signed the loan agreement, and Tariq Rashid, KP’s Irrigation Department Secretary, signed the project agreement.

09 Jun 2017 description

Le rapport de la FAO souligne des pertes importantes dues à la perturbation des activités agricoles, à la hausse des prix et au déplacement des moyens d’existence

09 Jun 2017 description

Food insecurity strains deepen amid civil conflict and drought

FAO report notes heavy toll of disrupted farming, higher prices and displaced livelihoods

8 June 2017, Rome-- Large agricultural harvests in some regions of the world are buoying global food supply conditions, but protracted fighting and unrest are increasing the ranks of the displaced and hungry elsewhere, according to the new edition of FAO's Crop Prospects and Food Situation report.

31 May 2017 description

Highlights

  • WFP collaboration with the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Balochistan.

  • Launch of the National Food Fortification Strategy for Pakistan.

  • National Consultation on 'Fill the Nutrient Gap Analysis – Pakistan.'

  • Launch of a report on “Economic Consequences of Undernutrition.”

  • Initiation of WFP Pakistan Country Strategic Plan process.

  • Planning for 40 new Strategic Grain Reserves.

Operational Updates

28 May 2017 description

GUJAR KHAN: An ancient pond near the Miana Mohra village of Gujar Khan has touched the lowest level due to the sweltering heat and diversion of water in the catchment areas.

Ponds in the rural areas of Potohar were mostly carved out by the Hindus and Sikhs during the pre-partition era.

In some of the villages ponds under peepal or banyan trees still exist as relics of the past but in most of the villages the water bodies located on common land have vanished and the land occupied by the land mafia.

11 May 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Wheat production in 2017 to decrease marginally from last year’s bumper level

  • Rice exports in 2017 forecast to decrease from last year’s high level but remain above-average

  • Prices of wheat and wheat flour declined in April with new harvest

  • Localized food insecurity persists

Wheat production in 2017 to decrease marginally from last year’s bumper level

01 May 2017 description

At least eight more children, including infants, died in drought-hit Thar during the last three days, raising the death toll to 124 this year.

Three-year-old Bharat Kumar, and newborns Mohammad Aslam and Shankar died in civil hospital in Tharparkar's Mithi area whereas two infants and a two-year-old toddler died in the tehsil headquarters hospital of Nagarparkar.