Disaster strikes Pakistan: 6 million now at risk of food insecurity due to floods

Number of people experiencing food insecurity is projected to increase to 8.5 million
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A new report from the World Bank has revealed that an alarming six million people in Pakistan are currently experiencing acute food insecurity as a result of the devastating floods that hit the country earlier this year.

The floods, which took place between June and August 2022, resulted in the death of more than 11 million heads of livestock and the destruction of over 9.4 million acres of cropland in the provinces of Balochistan and Sindh, which are already among the most food-insecure regions in the country.

According to the World Food Programme (WFP), the number of people experiencing food insecurity is projected to increase to 8.5 million between September and December.

The World Bank’s food security update, issued in January 2023, also highlighted a significant increase in food inflation in Pakistan. The food inflation rose from 8.3% in October 2021 and 15.3% in March 2022 to 31.7% in September 2022, and then to 35% in December 2022.

The report attributed the high food inflation to the high incidence of climatological shocks, the depletion of foreign currency reserves, and the depreciation of local currencies, which have made healthy food less affordable in South Asia.

The update also noted that food production in the region has been widely disrupted by the floods caused by higher-than-normal monsoon rains in some parts of South Asia and less-than-normal rainfall in other parts.

In December 2022, year-on-year consumer price inflation for food prices was 7.9% in Bangladesh, 7.4% in Nepal, 35.5% in Pakistan, and 64.4% in Sri Lanka.

The World Bank has urged the government and international community to take urgent action to address the growing food insecurity crisis in Pakistan.

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