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26 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

  • The Government of Japan is providing a USD 4 million emergency grant to WFP and a USD 3 million grant to UNHCR in Pakistan.
  • The second Annual Work Plan 2017 agreement was signed with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
  • An in-depth survey was conducted on “Food Security & Livelihoods amongst Returnee Families in FATA”.

WFP Assistance

24 Apr 2017 description

Anticipated scope and scale

Sindh province in Pakistan has been experiencing extreme hot and dry temperatures since 12 April. Many rural areas of Sindh are currently experiencing daily highs above 40°C, which are forecast to continue until early May. Average annual temperatures are in the mid-thirties at this time and increase to reach their peak in May and June, when urban areas including Karachi will be severely affected by the heatwave.

24 Apr 2017 description

OVERVIEW

In southeastern Sindh, below-average rainfall during the 2016 monsoon (July to October) resulted in no or substantially less crop production for the third consecutive year and in livestock losses, affecting the two main livelihood sources in the region.

20 Apr 2017 description

ISLAMABAD: The Sindh government has expressed the fear that the situation in Mithi of Tharparkar district (Sindh) where five infants have recently died of diseases and malnutrition may further deteriorate if the area does not receive rains in the coming monsoon season.

13 Apr 2017 description

The Australian Government today announced additional support worth one million dollars to the Government of Pakistan and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Pakistan to improve nutrition, eliminate hunger and attain food security by fortifying food.

12 Apr 2017 description

OVERVIEW

In southeastern Sindh, below-average rainfall during the 2016 monsoon (July to October) resulted in no or substantially less crop production for the third consecutive year and in livestock losses, affecting the two main livelihood sources in the region.

03 Apr 2017 description
report Voice of America

April 03, 2017 12:14 PM
Ayesha Tanzeem

ISLAMABAD — Two weeks ago a minor water crisis hit Pakistan. The flow in rivers fell below agricultural requirements. Then temperatures rose, glaciers melted, and river flows increased threefold, evading a disaster.

“Had the temperatures not increased for another 10-15 days, we wouldn’t have been able to give the required amount of water to the provinces,” said Mohammad Khalid Rana, the Indus Water Regulatory Authority spokesman.

That would have meant a delay in planting crops like cotton, sugarcane, and rice.

01 Apr 2017 description

ISLAMABAD: Fears of an acute water shortage in the Kharif cropping season have subsided as the Indus River System Authority (Irsa) now believes that the water shortfall will be limited to April only.

At a meeting of Irsa’s advisory committee on Friday, its chairperson Syed Mazhar Ali Shah concluded that while there would be an 18 per cent water shortfall in the early Kharif weeks it would be limited to April and would be followed by an upturn.

“Overall, there would be no water shortage,” spokesperson Khalid Idrees Rana said.

22 Mar 2017 description

HABIB KHAN GHORI

**KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Tuesday demanded of the federal government that the management of water distribution from the Mangla and Tarbela dams be given to Sindh and Balochistan on a rotational basis since the Water and Power Development Authority was not reliable as far as fair distribution of irrigation water was concerned.""

Speaking at a press conference, the CM said that the shortage of water would hit the province badly since early sowing took place in Sindh because of the weather conditions.

16 Mar 2017 description

HANIF SAMOON

At least five infants lost their lives due to malnutrition and diseases at Civil Hospital Mithi — bringing this year's toll of infant deaths in Sindh's Thar desert to 64.

Talking to Dawn, the district health officer in Mithi informed that more than 11 thousand ailing children were brought to six different health facilities in the district for treatment since the beginning of this year.

13 Mar 2017 description

KEY OBSERVATIONS/FINDINGS

  • Umerkot and Sanghar received less or limited rainfall during 2016 monsoon compared to 2015, while Tharparkar received more rainfall in 2016 compared to 2015.

  • The rains were not timely and did not prove adequate for agriculture activities to the required extent resulting in less yield per acre compared to normal year in Tharparkar and Umerkot.

02 Mar 2017 description

Global harvests strong but hunger persists amid chronic conflict zones

Food security emergencies are likely to increase

2 March 2017, Rome - Global food supply conditions are robust, but access to food has been dramatically reduced in areas suffering civil conflicts, while drought conditions are worsening food security across swathes of East Africa, according to the new edition of FAO's Crop Prospects and Food Situation report.

02 Mar 2017 description

La faim persiste dans les zones de conflits chroniques malgré de bonnes récoltes mondiales

Les urgences liées à la sécurité alimentaire sont appelées à augmenter

01 Mar 2017 description
report Start Network

Start Network members have begun working with Pakistan’s disaster authority to develop a new way of funding preventative action, aimed at helping vulnerable families threatened by drought.

The initiative is the first of its kind involving aid agencies. The planned pilot facility will release funds based on scientific triggers of drought, using insurance tools and principles. Aid agencies would be able to draw on the new source of funding to intervene before the worst effects of a drought are felt, enabling farmers and their families to protect their livestock and other assets.

01 Mar 2017 description

The Pakistan Food Security Bulletin is produced by the Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM) Unit of the World Food Programme as a contribution to periodic food security monitoring in the country.

Highlights

  • Total national wheat crop production for 2015‐16 was reported at 25.6 million MT, slightly higher than the 2014‐15 level of 25.1 million MT, showing a positive growth of 2.18 percent.

26 Feb 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Favourable prospects for 2017 wheat crop production

  • Paddy production in 2016 decreased slightly

  • Rice exports in 2017 forecast to remain close to last year’s level

  • Prices of wheat and wheat flour strengthened in recent months

  • Localized food insecurity persists

Favourable production prospects for 2017 wheat crop