WFP Pakistan Country Brief, October 2017

Report
from World Food Programme
Published on 28 Nov 2017

Highlights**

  • “Integrated Context Analysis” tool to rank vulnerability launched.

  • Women in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) receive livestock management training.

  • Roll-out WFP’s stunting prevention model.

  • Punjab food safety laboratories assessed to meet food rules and regulations.

  • WFP supporting FAO on cash-based transfers.

  • Community Based Disaster Risk Management – preparedness training updates.

Operational Updates

Integrated Context Analysis tool to assess vulnerability: A new tool jointly launched by WFP and the National Disaster Management Authority, Pakistan (NDMA) will support interventions related to food security and natural disasters. The “Integrated Context Analysis on Vulnerability to Food Insecurity and Natural Hazards of Pakistan”, or ICA, uses existing data to identify the combined level of recurrence of vulnerability to food insecurity, flood and drought, and categorizes districts into five levels of vulnerability. The analysis intends to inform government programmes and other agencies in the areas of social safety nets, disaster risk reduction, early warning systems and preparedness. ICA is a dynamic tool which can be easily updated whenever new data is available. Six provincial dissemination and advocacy workshops on the ICA and its recommendations are being prepared to take place in November 2017.

FATA women receive livestock management training: Under a food assistance for assets (FFA) programme, 261 women from the Kurram agency, FATA, were trained on livestock management for six days. During the training, staff from the livestock and dairy departments mobilised to provide vaccinations for livestock reported by the Kurram communities to be afflicted by various diseases. 11,800 goats, sheep and cows were vaccinated by the Government, supported by WFP’s cooperating partner.

Rolling out WFP’s stunting prevention model:Balochistan provincial government and WFP are signing a Memorandum of Understanding to adopt and replicate WFP’s stunting prevention model in vulnerable districts across the province. WFP is consultation with the Sindh, Gilgit Baltistan and FATA governments to develop similar partnerships in their regions.

Punjab food safety laboratories assessed:Upon request of the Punjab Food Department and Food Authority, WFP has carried out a technical assessment of the capacity of six laboratories in Punjab which verify the safety and quality of food. The WFP assessment exercise – backed by the Australian High Commission and conducted under international standards - supported the Food department in its endeavor to further improve laboratories’ capacity to meet food standards and regulations. Food tested included wheat, flour, oil, ghee and milk products.

WFP supporting FAO on cash-based transfers: Under the auspices of the One UN programme, WFP and FAO have signed an agreement on earthquake and flood recovery assistance wherein WFP will provide transfer platform support to FAO for cash-based transfers to vulnerable people in targeted parts of Chitral district. WFP has supported the joint efforts of FAO and UNICEF to help 6,000 households recover through a cash-based food assistance for assets programme.

Community Based Disaster Risk Management – preparedness training updates: As at end of October 2017, 8,473 community volunteers (52 percent women) have received training on disaster preparedness and response planning in selected districts in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh. Also in those provinces, under the school safety programme, a total of 13,973 teachers (with 31 percent female participation), school management committee members, students and education management officials were trained on disaster preparedness and response planning at school level.