Pakistan

WFP Pakistan Country Brief, June 2021

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In Numbers

  • 522 mt of food distributed in June 2021

  • US$ 557,680 cash distributed in June 2021

  • US$ 22.15 m six months net funding requirements (Jul– Dec 2021)

  • 208,891 people assisted in June 2021

Operational Updates

• WFP initiated its livelihoods support programme in Sindh to support the recovery of vulnerable communities affected by multiple shocks. Through the programme, WFP aims to provide conditional cash assistance to 30,000 vulnerable people.

• WFP provided support to Temporarily Displaced Populations (TDPs) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province. In June, WFP provided 15,418 TDPs residing in camps with food assistance.

• WFP alongside the Government continues its efforts to reduce stunting through the innovative nationwide Ehsaas Nashonuma programme. By the end of June, 50 facilitation centres (FCs) have been established across 14 districts in Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, KP, Sindh, Punjab, and Islamabad. Through these FCs, WFP has provided specialized nutritious food and health support to 46,034 pregnant and lactating women and children under two years of age.

• Some of the main access roads in KP’s Kohistan and Chitral districts were blocked due to heavy flooding in May and June 2021. On 16 June 2021, the Provincial Disaster Management Authority in KP asked WFP to support flood affected households to meet their immediate food needs.
To assess the impact of the floods, WFP carried out a rapid need appraisal in the two districts.
Based on the assessment, WFP will provide flood affected households with in-kind wheat and dates.

• With the help of additional funding, WFP is continuing its recovery food assistance for assets (FFA) programme in Balochistan and the tribal districts of KP. Through the programme, WFP assists vulnerable groups including returnee families and drought affected people through cash transfers. The transfers are conditional upon participation in community rehabilitation activities and trainings aimed at improving long-term food security and resilience. In June, WFP disbursed USD 349,639 among 44,194 people.

• In response to the high prevalence of acute malnutrition in the country, WFP is continuing its community-based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) programme to treat moderately acute malnourished children and pregnant and lactating women. The programme is currently being carried out in five districts of Balochistan and Sindh, with plans to expand to 15 districts of AJK and KP. In June, WFP provided specialized nutritious food and awareness sessions on household nutrition and hygiene to 34,597 MAM children and 23,224 pregnant and lactating women.

• WFP conducted a Standardized Monitoring and Assessment for Relief and Transition (SMART) and Semi-Quantitative Evaluation of Access and Coverage (SQUEAC) for its CMAM Surge programme in district Umerkot, Sindh. The findings of the SMART survey show an improvement in the nutritional status of pregnant and lactating women and children under five compared to the previous survey carried out in 2018. An improvement in the rates of breastfeeding and Iron and Folic Acid intake was also seen.

• WFP is carrying out its chakki (small-scale mills) wheat flour fortification programme in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Ten chakkis in the twin cities are currently producing fortified wheat flour. In June, an 83 percent increase was seen in the production of fortified wheat flour compared to the previous month (66 percent).