FAO and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation join hands for improving food security in Pakistan

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The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) signed an agreement to increase the first nationwide State of Food Security and Nutrition in Pakistan (SOFI) record. This would be the first nationwide stage SOFI record ready along the strains of FAO’s annual flagship document on international and regional stage.

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The document will provide well timed and accurate information that may allow the federal government to make informed and proof based choices by means of tracking meals provide, demand and other key indicators for assessing the full meals safety state of affairs.

Thanking the SDC for its reinforce, FAO Representative in Pakistan Ms Mina` Dowlatchahi mentioned the strategic partnership between FAO and SDC will toughen national capacities for managing and using meals safety similar information.

She added that the nationwide SOFI report is consistent with executive of Pakistan’s construction agenda and can toughen decision and coverage makers in designing their efforts to cut back poverty and give a boost to food safety and diet in Pakistan.

Mr Daniel Valenghi, Head of Cooperation SDC stressed on the significance of implementation of effective insurance policies to strengthen food safety in Pakistan.

Agriculture contributes 19.8% of Pakistan’s GDP and employs 42% of the staff. However, the international locations rising population and antagonistic climatic conditions place expanding pressure on national meals manufacturing. 20.5% of the population is undernourished.

This is pushed via prime poverty charges, and emerging meals prices. Poor physical infrastructure, particularly in the remote rural areas all through Pakistan could also be a limitation on get right of entry to to food and influences marketplace prices. This may be connected to inadequate water and sanitation, training and well being carrier supply, which along with the lack of know-how of suitable nutritional consumption contributes to larger food insecurity and malnutrition.

FAO, in collaboration with WFP, UNICEF, WHO and the Ministry of National Food Security and Research, Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform and Pakistan Bureau of Statistics will improve the preparation of this analysis and e-newsletter, construction on the work already undertaken with Pakistan Bureau of Statistics at the localization of SDG 2 signs Prevalence of Undernourishment (PoU) and Prevalence of Moderate and Severe Food Insecurity in population in keeping with Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES).

This record will supply parts to better inform investments and public finance allocations. It will improve the advancement of high quality knowledge collection, analysis and dissemination as crucial to proof based decision-making and resources allocation.