I happened to be one of those people who would always volunteer to support good causes in town. Ever since I was in school, I wanted to do something or the other to create a platform for people where they could come up, address their issues and get immediate solutions to them. Having an experience of spending time with special children to teaching in flood affected areas in different parts of Sindh, from rebuilding a school in Alipur , Muzaffargarh to packing ration during Ramadan for flood survivors coming to camps, some way or the other, it has been about supplying food and fulfilling one of the basic rights of human kind.
Despite of the fact that Pakistan is a surplus country that produces ample food supply for 180 million people, its sad to know that a lot of food gets wasted in different forms. Also the floods of 2010 and 2011 resulted in the region’s worst agricultural and infrastructural damage of the century. The magnitude of under-nutrition has reached to a level that Global Acute Malnutrition rates amongst children under five now exceeds the WHO critical threshold of 15 percent, while close to 44 percent of children in the same age bracket are stunted and 32 percent are underweight.
The Government of Pakistan has recently established a dedicated Ministry of National Food Security and Research (MNFSR) and launched a nationwide Zero Hunger programme in collaboration with World Food Program. This initiative supports WFP operations in areas of Pakistan to address the issues of malnutrition, poverty and hunger. The government would be making in-kind contribution of 500,000 metric tons of wheat to the WFP operations running in the country. This way the flour produced by this wheat would be utilized to make products for country’s most vulnerable and food insecure areas.
I must appreciate the community based initiative taken by WFP by the name of ‘Acha Mum’ that is taken under the community based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) programme. Its a locally made supplement food that gives energy and nutrients to kids ageing between 6 to 59 months in acute nutrition areas of Pakistan.
I support the program and the kind gesture by World Food Program to help Pakistan fight against hunger issues. All of us can work hand in hand with Pakistani Government and WFP in eradicating poverty and hunger in the next 5 years. You can contribute your efforts via donating, volunteering to visit areas having malnourished children and young women, raising awareness about this issue or just by simply not wasting the food on your plate at any cost.
Together we can and we will make a difference.
For WFP operations in Pakistan, please visit www.fightinghungerinpk.wordpress.com