Government Of Pakistan Donates 26,000 Metric Tons Of Wheat To WFP

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    09 May 2014

    Government Of Pakistan Donates 26,000 Metric Tons Of Wheat To WFP

    ISLAMABAD – The Pakistan Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) has announced the release of 26,000 metric tons of wheat for distribution in Pakistan by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The contribution, valued at US$10 million, comes at a critical time when funding shortages are threatening WFP’s ability to provide emergency food assistance to almost 1 million people displaced by violence in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
    “This contribution is greatly welcomed and demonstrates the government of Pakistan’s commitment to ensure the continuous food security of vulnerable Pakistanis,” said Lola Castro, WFP Country Director and Representative in Pakistan. “The actual contribution will ensure that from May through August, we can continue to provide nutritious food to those in need.”

    WFP requires US$5.6 million in additional donations to cover the cost of milling, fortifying and distributing the wheat.

    “The government of Pakistan continues to be a major and consistent donor to WFP for its operations in the country. This could serve as a model for other governments looking for ways to support people in need,” Castro added.

    WFP works with the government of Pakistan to address food security and nutrition needs in the country by aligning its strategies with national priorities. WFP aims to provide food assistance for 8.3 million people in Pakistan between 2013 and 2015 at a total cost of US$565 million, with projects to improve economic opportunities and promote social inclusion in FATA, boost community resilience in disaster-prone areas, and address nutrition and education needs in the country.


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    Government Of Pakistan Donates 150,000 Metric Tons Of Wheat To WFP In 2013

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    Islamabad – The Pakistan Economic Coordination Committee has announced the release of 75,000 metric tons of wheat to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). This completes the entire donation of 150,000 metric tons pledged by the Government of Pakistan for 2013.- WFP recently concluded delivery of the first half released earlier this year in support of families affected by law enforcement operations in the country’s north-west.
    This latest contribution follows sizeable in-kind donations from the federal government and the provincial governments of Sindh and Balochistan last year. More than 70,000 metric tons of wheat were successfully delivered to disaster-affected communities in 2012, thanks to complementary funding from other donors to cover the processing and transportation of the wheat.
    “This year’s donation, valued at PKR 5.5 billion (US$52 million), places Pakistan as WFP’s second largest donor in the country- in 2013 and demonstrates the government’s continued ownership of the development process and a strong commitment to helping its people in need.- To date, international donors have provided complementary funding of US$29 million out of the total requirement of US$43 million,” said WFP Pakistan Country Director, Lola Castro.

    Contributions from other donors are necessary in order for the wheat to be milled, fortified with vitamins and minerals and distributed to families who have been compelled to leave their homes in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), as well as those who have returned as the law and order process progresses.- This latest donation will allow WFP to distribute full cereal ration to these groups until the first part of 2014.

    WFP works together with the Government of Pakistan to provide food assistance and align its strategies with national priorities addressing food security and nutrition in the country.- WFP aims to assist 8.3 million people between 2013 and 2015 at a total cost of US$535 million with projects to improve economic opportunities and promote social inclusion in FATA, boost community resilience in disaster-prone areas, and address nutrition and education needs in the country.
     
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    It is always good to donate than let it rot.
     
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    Ttue. But why would it rot in a country with high demand for wheat and millions of poor people?
     
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    Is it the precise reason why wheat subsidy to Gilgit Baltistan was withdrawn in the first place?

    Though after a long strike of 2 months it was restored. But why withdraw it in first place? When you have plenty to supply to WFP.
     
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    No, it's because of IMF's demand to gradually kill all subsidies in various sectors.
     
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    Wheat subsidies were first introduced by the left wing Z.A. Bhutto in the early 1970s. According to the UN conventions the Pakistani state was obliged to provide subsidies to the people in the disputed areas. This practice was continued until the demise of the Musharraf government in 2008. When the PPP came to power after abandoning the slogan of socialism and its trademark slogan of “roti, kapda or makaan” (“Food, clothing and shelter”), it initiated a policy of gradual withdrawal of subsidies resulting in price increases from Rs 850 a ton of wheat during Musharaf’s rule to Rs 1100. This increase only benefitted the capitalists, politicians and bureaucrats in power. With the Muslim League’s Nawaz Sharif coming to power and on the insistence of the IMF, the implementation of neo-liberal policies became the order of the day and what little subsidy remained was suddenly withdrawn pushing wheat price to well above Rs 1400 per ton.- In carrying out these anti-people policies Nawaz Sharif has the full support and backing of the PPP Chief Minister of Gilgit Baltistan
     

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