ISLAMABAD - The World Food Programme (WFP) has assisted 1.65 million beneficiaries across 41 districts and 5 agencies in the country.

Out of this, 678,000 individuals benefitted from participation in interventions in support of education, livelihoods and nutrition across Pakistan.

“WFP, UNICEF, World Health Organization (WHO) and other government and Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) partners are continuing to implement the targeted ommunity-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) programme in some of the most food insecure areas of the country”, said a report of WFP.

In cooperation with NGO partners and the Department of Health, the intervention is currently operational in 44 districts or agencies of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, FATA and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

By October, WFP reached 315,000 Moderately Acute Malnourished children, siblings and pregnant and nursing women through 1,700 SFP sites in the targeted districts and agencies, report said.

School feeding activities in FATA reached 190,000 students across 1,124 selected schools which were provided daily on-site rations of High Energy Biscuits as well as take-home rations of oil.

To maximize the visibility of the intervention in the targeted schools and advocate its objectives to the students and host communities, posters are being produced to be displayed at each school, report added.

Targeting the most vulnerable families in FATA, a programme focusing on early recovery of livelihoods is ongoing in FATA’s South Waziristan, Kurram, Orakzai, Bajaur and Mohmand agencies.

Activities have been implemented based on needs identified by the communities and mostly include agricultural activities (such as kitchen gardening and production of vegetables for income generation) and rehabilitation of the community infrastructure.

Nearly 14,000 families have received food assistance under this intervention, report said.

WFP early recovery livelihood support using cash transfers and Disaster risk reduction (DRR) activities continue in their respective targeted districts in Sindh, Balochistan and KPK, report added.