Emergency needs: WFP pledges $422m for ensuring food security

Food agency hopes to assist the internally-displaced people


Our Correspondent December 30, 2015
Food agency hopes to assist the internally-displaced people. PHOTO: INP

ISLAMABAD: The United Nations (UN) food agency has pledged $422.8 million towards to meet emergency food needs arising from natural disasters.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between Pakistan Government and World Food Programme (WFP) representatives here on Wednesday.

The grant, part of a three-year project “Transition: Towards Resilient and Food Secure Pakistan” will enable agency to support the returning and rehabilitation of displaced people, improve food and nutrition security and assist the government in developing frameworks of disaster-risk reduction, capacity enhancement and technical assistance, WFP acting country director Stephen Gluning said.

He also appreciated the efforts and efficiency of the Pakistan government in rehabilitating the displaced persons which could serve as a model for other countries facing similar crisis.

In its previous programme, WFP had spent $676 million in Pakistan from 2013 to 2015; $172 million from the programme were spent by the government on providing IDPs with 455, 000 tons of wheat.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 31st, 2015.

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