US an­nounces $21m food as­sis­tance for Pak­istan

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL - MIAN ARSHAD

IS­LAM­ABAD—Mis­sion Di­rec­tor US Agency for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment John Groarke, Thurs­day, an­nounced a new U.S. con­tri­bu­tion of $21 mil­lion in food as­sis­tance to feed mal­nour­ished in­di­vid­u­als in Pak­istan. Since 2010, USAID has given nearly $850 mil­lion in food as­sis­tance to the peo­ple of Pak­istan.

The United Na­tions World Food Pro­gramme (WFP) will use the U.S. fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tion to turn ap­prox­i­mately 26,000 met­ric tons of Pak­istani govern­ment-pro­vided wheat into for­ti­fied flour, which will be dis­trib­uted to those who need it most. WFP will also use USAID funds to pur­chase and dis­trib­ute more than 6,500 tons of food to fam­i­lies, es­pe­cially in the Fed­er­ally Ad­min­is­tered Tribal Ar­eas.

‘The United States is com­mit­ted to com­bat­ing hunger in Pak­istan, but we know we can’t do it alone,’ Groarke said. ‘By work­ing along­side the United Na­tions World Food Pro­gramme and the Govern­ment of Pak­istan, we’ve been able to feed more peo­ple, save more lives, and sup­port more com­mu­ni­ties than any one of us could have achieved alone.’

Mis­sion Di­rec­tor Groarke an­nounced the new fund­ing at the WFP of­fice in Is­lam­abad, where he in­au­gu­rated a photo ex­hi­bi­tion with WFP Coun­try Di­rec­tor Lola Cas­tro. ‘The strong and strate­gic part­ner­ship among the United States govern­ment, the govern­ment of Pak­istan, and WFP has made the lives of mil­lions of vul­ner­a­ble Pak­ista­nis bet­ter, es­pe­cially in ar­eas af­fected by nat­u­ral and man­made dis­as­ters,’ Cas­tro said. ‘The gen­er­ous fund­ing from USAID over the years has im­proved food se­cu­rity and nu­tri­tion as well as the liveli­hoods and re­silience of those in need.’

IS­LAM­ABAD: US Agency for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment Mis­sion Di­rec­tor John Groarke ad­dress­ing dur­ing a func­tion ‘Pro­vid­ing food and En­sur­ing Nu­tri­tion: The Govern­ment of Pak­istan USAID and WFP join hands’ or­ga­nized by World Food Pro­gramme.

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