Pakistan donated 174,000 metric tonnes of wheat in 2016 and is the largest host donor to World Food Programme
Pakistan is the largest United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) host donors worldwide for the past four years.
Pakistan, increased its contributions of wheat to World Food Programme (WFP), according to the disclosed statistic from WFP authorities Pakistan contributing total 50,000 metric tons, which worth approximately USD 19.9 million, to WFP operations in Pakistan.
The wheat flour donated by the Government is fortified with an enhanced vitamin and mineral mix at local mills in Peshawar and Multan, as part of the National and Provincial Fortification Alliance, to maximize nutritional value.
In Pakistan, wheat in the bread form is one of the major foods item distributed, which plays a vital role in the food security and nutrition of its people.
The Country Director of World Food Program (WFP) Finbarr Curran acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan’s Contribution as a host donor to WFP, he said; “WFP welcomes the Government’s recent contributions and its continued commitment to partner with us”.
WFP Country Director further added that “WFP is committed to working with the Government in its recovery and development activities to achieve its Vision 2025 and the Sustainable Development Goals”.
The partnership aims to ensure the success of Government-led efforts to improve food and nutrition security, including stunting prevention and capacity augmentation, among vulnerable communities affected by law and order operations alongside other vulnerable population groups across the country.
These activities aim to complement the Government of Pakistan’s reconstruction and development efforts, contributing to the establishment of peace, stability and social cohesion in the region.
The in-kind contributions are supporting people who remain displaced and returnees for six months following their resettlement. WFP’s relief and recovery programmes include livelihoods/disaster risk reduction, and nutrition/education support for displaced and returnee populations.
The Government of Pakistan donated 174,000 metric tons of wheat in 2016, which ranked Pakistan the largest host donor and second largest donor after United States to WFP in Pakistan for the past four years.