The United States government has contributed US$25 million for the most vulnerable people in Pakistan to continue to receive assistance from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).
The donation was announced by the “Food for Peace” Office of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and will allow WFP to carry on with programmes providing food, cash and education for families in the poorest parts of Pakistan, as well as working to improve the nutrition of women and children throughout the country.
“The United States has again shown its commitment to ensuring that the most vulnerable people in Pakistan have nutritious food that will help them reach their full potential. On behalf of the people we serve in Pakistan, I would like to thank USAID and the American people for their generosity and foresight. We would not be able to carry out this crucial work without you,” said WFP Country Director and Representative Finbarr Curran.
The WFP states that although Pakistan has made significant gains in recent years in food production, 60 percent of the 189 million people in the country do not eat nutritious meals regularly, mainly because the poorest and most vulnerable – especially women – can’t afford enough nutritious food. An average Pakistani family spends more than half of its monthly income on food.
The WFP states further that the US donation will enable WFP to continue its work to improve the health and nutrition of young children across the country
“Good nutrition during a child’s early years is crucial for full physical and mental development, but the latest national nutrition survey found that 15 percent of children under 5 are acutely malnourished, the second highest rate in the region. WFP works with the Government of Pakistan, UNICEF and local organizations on the Community-Based Management of Acute Malnutrition, known as CMAM,” WFP states.