· WFP is currently facing a very critical resource and food shortfall and is urgently seeking US$ 40 million for its programme implementation in 2014. The food shortfall is occurring ahead of the winter season, making it difficult for WFP to pre-position food for life-saving activities in districts that are difficult to access during winter. Due to this critical food shortfall, approximately one million food insecure people will be negatively impacted by not receiving WFP’s planned assistance beginning in October. This includes, approximately 230,500 malnourished children, and pregnant and nursing mothers, who will not receive WFP’s food assistance in the month of November.
· In August, UN agencies launched a joint appeal to assist 13,000 cross border displaced people from Pakistan into Afghanistan. The total requirements of the appeal are US$ 10.4 million for WFP. Currently, WFP food distributions are underway to the displaced families, with some 180,000 beneficiaries having already been reached with 2,500 mt of food commodities from its on going Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation.
· Under P4P, WFP procured some 200 mt of wheat from small farmers in Pulikhumri province. In addition, WFP is negotiating to purchase another 400 mt of wheat from small farmers locally.