USAID will Provide $21 Million to WFP for Reducing Hunger in Pakistan: John Groarke

Islamabad: United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director John Groarke announced on Thursday that U.S. will provide $21 million in food assistance to feed malnourished individuals in Pakistan. He was addressing after an inauguration of a photo exhibition with WFP Country Director Lola Castro here at the WFP office in Islamabad.

On the occasion John Groarke said United States is committed to combating hunger in Pakistan, but by working alongside the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government of Pakistan, we’ve been able to feed more people, save more lives, and support more communities than any one of us could have achieved alone.

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Addressing the ceremony WFP Country Director Lola Castro said with the strong and strategic partnership among the United States government, the government of Pakistan, and WFP has made the lives of millions of vulnerable Pakistanis better, especially in areas affected by natural and man-made disasters. Thanking the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) she said that with the generous funding from USAID over the years has improved food security and nutrition as well as the livelihoods and resilience of those in need.

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will use the U.S. financial contribution to turn approximately 26,000 metric tons of Pakistani government-provided wheat into fortified flour, which will be distributed to those who need it most.  WFP will also use USAID funds to purchase and distribute more than 6,500 tons of food to families, especially in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

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