As pledged by the Economic Coordination Committee - following on from the previous year’s contribution of 73,000 metric tons of wheat from the federal and provincial Governments of Sindh and Balochistan – the Government of Pakistan has donated 150,000 metric tons of wheat to WFP in 2013. Valued at US$52 million (PKR 5.5 billion), this contribution placed Pakistan as WFP’s second largest donor in the country in 2013 (Pakistan ranked the 20th largest donor to WFP globally in 2012).
The significant contributions from the Government have been utilized for the provision of life-saving food assistance in flood affected districts and in support of families impacted by law enforcement operations as well as subsequent early recovery projects in afflicted areas in the north-west and can serve as a model for other governments on how to enhance contributions to their own operations. The generous donation from the Government of Pakistan was complemented by international donors who provided funds for milling, fortification, transportation and distribution. WFP Pakistan has been in discussion with all relevant authorities for a new contribution from the Government for the year 2014.
WFP is the largest international humanitarian agency providing food assistance in the country and, together with partners, has been closely collaborating with the Government of Pakistan at both federal and provincial levels to align its strategies with national priorities addressing food and nutrition security as well as enhance national disaster preparedness and response. WFP works closely with the Ministry of National Food Security and Research on achieving the “Right to Food” for all Pakistanis.
WFP Pakistan continues to build partnerships and coordinate interventions with the Government, UN agencies, NGOs and donors. WFP co-leads the Food Security Cluster with FAO, and is part of the Cluster’s Cash and Voucher Working Group. Under the One-UN Programme, WFP chairs the Information and Communications Technology working group as well as leads the Strategic Priority Area 6 (SPA-6), which addresses food and nutrition security for the most vulnerable, and is a member agency of the Strategic Priority Areas 3 focusing on enhancing national resilience to disasters, crises and external shocks. The WFP-led Logistics and Emergency Telecommunications Clusters are on standby, ready to be activated in case of an emergency.