Rome, 8 September 2022 (TDI): The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) launched an urgent global call for Pakistan’s assistance.

This call aims to restore livelihoods and improve food security in Pakistan, especially in the aftermath of the flood devastations.

Moreover, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released a document covering the consequences of floods on food security. In addition, the document summarizes FAO’s proposed response strategy and its financial needs.

FAO Geneva Office has organized a briefing regarding its call for assistance. Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN in Geneva, Ambassador Khalil Hashmi, appreciated FAO and WFP flood relief efforts in Pakistan with a focus on food security.

FAO Document on Floods Damages

The document states that extreme rainy weather patterns have damaged the livelihoods and daily lives of 33 million individuals in Pakistan. Continuous rains from mid-June 2022 crossed the national 30-year normal routine, primarily affecting the remote rural areas.

This resulted in disastrous landslides and flooding that destroyed farmlands, animal stock, forestry, and key agrarian structures. The rural population comprises the majority percentage of Pakistan’s poorest people.

They rely on livestock and agricultural production to maintain their lives. They were the ones most impacted by the calamity, particularly in Balochistan, Sindh, and Punjab provinces. Almost 510,000 individuals are just one step away from experiencing severe conditions of food scarcity.

The Response Plan

The response plan calls for 683,400 animals to be vaccinated against main livestock illnesses, including foot and mouth disease and lumpy skin disease. FAO also intends to distribute 22,780 tons of livestock nutrition to 113 900 households (763 000 individuals).

Furthermore, it will deliver 3,845 tons of wheat seed, 3,845 tons of urea, and 3,845 tons of diammonium phosphate to 76 900 households (515 230 people), as well as home planting kits and instruction in appropriate farming techniques.