ISLAMABAD: At a total project value of $621 million for the years 2011-12, World Food Programme’s (WFP) food assistance operation, responding to the needs of vulnerable groups in the most volatile and food insecure areas of the country, is facing a shortfall of more than $141 million in 2011.
A flood recovery assessment conducted by WFP/FAO and supported by UNIFEM and Oxfam states that millions of flood-affected people who have returned to their districts are food insecure.
The aftermath of the floods have revealed that more than 2.4 million people in Sindh, 1.8 million in Punjab, 1.2 million in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and approximately 300,000 people in Balochistan remain food-insecure.
However, WFP aims to reach 5.2 million flood victims this month through a combination of relief and early recovery programmes.
The months of January and February remain a source of great concern for WFP. The agency currently is facing a shortfall of 9.3 million dollars and fears that if additional funding is not urgently provided pauses are predicted in the commodity supply pipeline for pulses, oil, salt and ready to use supplementary foods.
WFP relief support is concluding in January across a majority of flood-affected areas, emergency assistance remains critical in several districts of Sindh and Balochistan where people are still displaced from their homes and residing in camps.
WFP will have concluded the provision of a six-month return package of assistance to beneficiaries in Bajaur and Mohmand and relief assistance will continue as planned for approximately 800,000 internally displaced people in February.
Moreover, an estimated 600,000 people still displaced by flooding across districts Dadu, Jamshoro, Jacobabad and Qamber Shahdadkot in Sindh and Jaffarabad in Balochistan will continue to receive unconditional support during February and March.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 24th, 2011.