Even though Pakistan has abundant staple food crops, at least 1 in three people is affected by food insecurity. The inadequate distribution of food supply has complicated the situation.
Vice President of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Shaikh Sultan Rehman said, “Almost 37% of Pakistan’s population is food insecure, even though Pakistan is self-sufficient in major staples, and the main problem is access and affordability of food.”
The per capita food product consumption that has high nutritional value like beef, chicken, fish, milk, vegetables, and fruits is nearly 6 to 10 times lower than that in developed countries. This has in turn affected labor productivity and the young population. This was revealed by the Senior Economist at the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Asma Khalid.
In the Global Hunger Index, Pakistan is ranked 106th among 119 countries. The country has been characterized as facing a “serious” level of hunger because of malnourishment, micronutrient (iron, calcium, and Vitamin A) deficiencies along with a safe drinking water deficit.
Asma Khalid said, “Growing population and climate change will create food security challenges for Pakistan.”
Rehman said, “Food security in Pakistan is linked with human capital and strong economic implications.”