Islamabad, 2 December 2022 (TDI): The United States (US) Ambassador to Pakistan, Donald Blome participated in an event alongside the farmers from flood-affected areas, on Thursday.
"The U.S. government has provided close to $100 million in flood-related relief. With the assistance of our Pakistani partners, we have delivered food, medicine, water, and shelter to about two and a half million people." -DB #AmbBlome 1/3 pic.twitter.com/YYcSXSCmZ4
— U.S. Embassy Islamabad (@usembislamabad) December 1, 2022
During the event, Blome announced $8 million in assistance to Pakistani farmers affected by the devastating 2022 floods. The assistance will be provided in partnership with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
The initiative is a part of the $97 million in flood-related aid provided by the US to Pakistan this year. The focus is on addressing humanitarian needs, ensuring food security, preparing for disasters, and developing capacity.
Blome talked about the long history of the US and Pakistan advancing economic growth while highlighting opportunities for future partnerships.
In this vein, he added, “A Green Alliance between the United States and Pakistan will help us strengthen climate resilience. It will develop clean energy alternatives, and foster economic growth.”
“Through the US-FAO partnership on flood response, the US provided wheat seed and fertilizer to approximately 90,000 households in flood-affected areas of Pakistan.” Blome reiterated.
He noted that women-headed households were the focus of this effort because they were more vulnerable to natural disasters and gender-based violence.
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It is pertinent to note that the US is dedicated to working with Pakistan to develop its economy. It is assisting the people of Pakistan in recovering from the flooding that occurred in 2022.
About Green Alliance
It is a joint alliance of the US and Pakistan that aims at boosting bilateral commerce and investment between both countries. Additionally, it will help meet the climate and agricultural productivity challenges of the present and future.
Ambassador Blome talked about the importance of the initiative. He said, “One of the great economic success stories of the US-Pakistan partnership is the relationship between US cotton and Pakistani textile producers.”
The alliance is expected to revolutionize the agriculture sector of Pakistan with the help of US expertise while cementing the goodwill between the two countries.