ISLAMABAD  - The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will launch an emergency project through its Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP) in Pakistan to help impoverished farmers increase agricultural production. The project is part of FAO's global Initiative on Soaring Food Prices (ISFP), which aims at facilitating the supply response of small farmers and rural households in an environment of high product prices and input costs. The programme will improve the access of farmers to key production inputs including water, seeds and fertilizers, said FAO press release here on Thursday. Commenting on the food situation in Pakistan, Assistant Representative FAO Syed Mohammad Aliin said, "An increased demand for food, rising price of energy and input costs, along with, Pakistan being frequently struck by natural disasters in the past few years has severally undermined the local food production." Anticipating the widespread impact of soaring food prices, in December 2007, FAO launched ISFP to help vulnerable countries put in place urgent measures to boost food supplies. For the medium and long term, FAO is aiming at a more comprehensive assistance programme towards agricultural development by targeting investments to boost agricultural production and income generation, monitoring and response mechanisms including safety nets, and small farmer urgent assistance programmes. The FAO's initial response under the ISFP in Pakistan includes TCP project worth U$500,000 through the third quarter of 2009, the PR said. FAO is planning to target the populations of Shangla, Kohistan and Batagram where 50 percent people live below poverty line and are the most backward districts of NWFP. Faizul Bari, Emergency Coordinator FAO said, "Under the approved TCP, FAO is focusing on Rabi planting activities from October 2008 to December 2009 to bolster wheat production in deficient areas. In addition, FAO is providing 250 metric tonnes of wheat seed, 250 metric tonnes each of urea and DAP to 60,000 people in the remote and food in- secure districts of Kohistan, Shangla and Batagram of NWFP