29 districts in Balochistan, KPK, tribal areas severely food insecure: economic survey

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ISLAMABAD, Jun 2 (APP): Twenty nine districts out of 148 districts in Pakistan are highly food insecure and require immediate attention while four of those districts have been identified as severely food insecure and need immediate response.

According to the economic survey document unveiled by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar at a press conference here on Thursday, the districts and agencies which are severely food insecure include Tharparker in Sindh, Chaghi and Dera Bugti in Baluchistan, Torghar in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FR D.I. Khan, FR Tank, South Waziristan, North Waziristan, Orakzai and FR Kohat.

The data was gathered during an integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis conducted in March-June 2015.

Adequate diet provides good nutrition for healthy and prosperous live.

However, according to Pakistan Demographic Health Survey (PDHS) 2013, malnutrition is prevalent in the country.
Pakistan is primarily agriculture based country and the overall food supply situation is stable.

To fulfill Pakistan Vision 2025 and achieve nutritional targets of World Health Assembly and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is the provision of a nutritionally sound and economically vibrant life to the people of Pakistan.

The adoption of an innovative, cost effective and multi-sectoral strategy can help the provision of safe food and adequate nutrition at all levels.

The availability of essential food items trend is assessed through food balance sheets every year.

Availability of essential food items in the country has been sustained during the fiscal year to meet the food consumption requirements.