Pakistan Food Security Bulletin, Issue 6 (January - June 2017)

Situation Report
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  • According to the Food Security and Nutrition Strategic Review for Pakistan, food insecurity is among the greatest challenges for Pakistan. The overall Prevalence of Undernourishment (PoU) is estimated to be about 18 percent of the entire population.
  • Preliminary findings of IPC Chronic conducted for 18 districts of Sindh province rank 7 districts in Level 4 (Severe Chronic Food Insecurity), 10 in Level 3 (Moderate Chronic Food Insecurity), 1 in Level 2 (Mild Chronic Food Insecurity) while no single district in Level 1 (Minimal Chronic Food Security).
  • Initial findings of IPC Acute Analysis conducted in 4 drought prone districts of Sindh province indicates 3 districts are in Phase 4 (Emergency), and 1 district in Phase 3 (Crisis).
  • Total national wheat crop production for 2016-17 has been estimated at 25.75 million MT, showing a marginal growth of 0.4 percent from 25.6 million MT in 2015-16.
  • Production of rice, the second main staple crop of Pakistan, has been estimated at 6.85 million MT (milled basis), reflecting a negligible increase by 0.7 percent from 6.8 million MT in 2015-16.
  • Prices of staple crops (wheat, wheat flour) slightly decreased, and prices of several non-cereal food commodities significantly decreased. However, the prices of live chicken, cooking oil and vegetable ghee increased. The fuel prices slightly increased for both Super Petrol and HSD during January-April 2016, remained unchanged in May and slightly declined in June 2017.
  • Terms-of-Trade (ToT) increased by 6.2 percent from December 2016 due to decreased wheat flour price.
  • Some 29,398 families returned to their areas of origin in FATA during the reporting period, reaching a total of 424,525 families (90 percent of total). However, 29,398 families are still in displacement and the Government has announced to compete the return by December 2017.