ISLAMABAD – A new national food security and nutrition survey would be conducted soon to have updates and latest data on the matter in the country.

The results from the analysis would show numbers of food insecure people in different parts of country and provide malnutrition figures including stunting and underweight among children under five years and Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) rates. The new analysis to update findings of 2009 Food Insecurity in Pakistan report is being prepared by United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in collaboration with Ministry of National Food Security and Research, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC). According to the Ministry here on Thursday, the survey, which will draw on data collected in districts and regions across Pakistan would help update the food security situation in view of what it said were likely changes due to flood disasters and rising food prices since 2009.

A senior official at the Ministry said the assessment would ensure important data for all organizations involved in fighting malnutrition and addressing the food needs of population.

He said it is the first major step forward under government’s Zero Hunger Programme launched earlier this year.

The official appreciated support of other organizations for carrying out the research and said this would have enormous value and importance.