WFP welcomes $4.5 mln Australian support programme for FATA


ISLAMABAD, Nov 16 (APP): The United Nations World Food
Programme (WFP) has welcomed a three-year contribution of $4.5
million by the Australian Government to support food and nutrition
security in Pakistan.
Australia’s contribution will be used for WFP’s education
programme in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and
Frontier Regions (FR).
The funding will enable WFP to provide food-based assistance
in schools and to alleviate the burden on families.
Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Margaret Adamson
said Australia had a long-standing history of working with the
Government of Pakistan to provide humanitarian assistance to people
affected by crisis.
“Since 2010 Australia has provided more than AUD 95million in
humanitarian assistance to Pakistan, in partnership with the WFP, to
support the victims of earthquakes, floods and displacement.
Australia’s assistance has also helped provide nutrition to acute
malnourished women and children, livelihood support and school
feeding programmes,” a press release Wednesday quoted the High
Commissioner as saying.
“We are very grateful to the people and Government of
Australia for this contribution. These funds will address critical
education needs in FATA and FR for the returnee communities,” WFP
acting Country Director Stephen Gluning said.
In 2016, Australia has contributed US$ 9 million to WFP
programmes, placing it among the top five donors to WFP Pakistan.
The WFP has been implementing education programmes in FATA
since 2008.