No #9

The Financial Daily - - ECON­OMY & CON­TIN­U­A­TION -

al­most 25,000 fam­i­lies in Sindh for the up­com­ing plan­ning sea­son, but over 700,000 fam­i­lies will re­quire as­sis­tance over the com­ing months.

FAO, in part­ner­ship with the gov­ern­ment of Pak­istan has iden­ti­fied re­cov­ery pri­or­i­ties for the next two years. Th­ese are in­creas­ing crop, live­stock, fish­ery and agro-forestry pro­duc­tion, im­prov­ing di­ets and nutri­tion and boost­ing agri­cul­ture ex­ten­sion ser­vices to of­fer ad­vice to land­less and small­holder farm­ers.

"Pur­suit of th­ese core ob­jec­tives will sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce the vul­ner­a­bil­ity of the pop­u­la­tions in ques­tion, im­prove food pro­duc­tion and in­come gen­er­a­tion, and in­crease af­fected com­mu­ni­ties' re­silience to fu­ture shocks," said Donati.

FAO ex­pects its re­cov­ery pro­gram to cost $94 mil­lion, enough to as­sist 430000 fam­i­lies in 24 dis­tricts. An Early Re­cov­ery Work­ing Group, co-chaired by the Pak­istan Gov­ern­ment's Na­tional Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity and the United Na­tions Devel­op­ment Pro­gram has been set up with eight sec­tors cov­ered in­clud­ing one on Agri­cul­ture and Food Se­cu­rity, co-chaired by FAO, the World Food Pro­gram and the Min­istry of Food and Agri­cul­ture. -APP

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