pilot food programme

A pilot food programme is to be introduced by the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) in three districts of Gilgit Baltistan (G-B) with technical help from World Food Programme (WFP).

The pilot food programme would be taking care of the important matters of underdeveloped children growth in the country according to the aim of the obligatory federal government and the World Health Organization.

Naveed Akbar—the Additional Director General Conditional Cash Transfers of BISP said that the food programme with the technical assistance from WFP would be addressing the malnutrition issues which is already present in some districts of Sindh since at least a year and the results are expected.

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He also told that a total of twelve thousand pregnant/lactating mothers and fifteen thousand children between the age of six and twenty-three months would be targeted in the three districts of G-B. He also said that the aimed population would be given necessary nutritional supplements for addressing malnutrition.

He added that if the results of the pilot programme in G-B would be as desired then the food programme would be launched throughout the country.

Pakistan had an underdeveloped growth rate of forty-four per cent in children while 9.6 million children suffered from severe nutritional deficiencies in 2016. The new government had also taken steps on the matter and its urgency and has committed to making use of all the resources for decreasing the rate of underdevelopment in children.

He also said that BISp would be launching small loans and skill development initiatives for the BISP beneficiaries, which would assist the beneficiaries to get out of poverty towards economic independence.

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