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04/21/2016

Serious Food Shortages and JEN’s Efforts in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA)

In the FATA, a 10-year long conflict caused a mass evacuation of local residents. Although people have started to return at last, they still suffer from serious food shortages.

To interpret food securement situations in these areas, and JEN analysed all data available on FATA.

According to a result of the data which was given in the end of 2015, it showed the current situations of FATA as below. The FATA, consisting of seven agencies (tribal districts) under the control of the federal government and six frontier regions, has a total population of 4.6 million.

Among those areas, one agency (Kurram) and four frontier regions (Bannu, Pshawar, Kohat and Lakki Marwat) somewhat feel stressed over the lack of food.    

Four agencies (Orakzai, Khyber, Mohmand and Bajaur) and one frontier region (Tank) are suffering from food shortages and are in a stressful situation.

Two southern agencies (North Waziristan and South Waziristan) were found to have a drastic food shortage and to be under critical emergency conditions.

Thus, JEN took action in the agriculture sector in the FATA,  as agriculture and livestock farming are the main income sources of FATA residents.

Now, we are supporting 3,100 households, that are in need of emergency assistance, in the agriculture sector.

We have also launched a 3-year development project in the livestock sector, where we are going to provide modern technology, workshops and materials in livestock farming in order to retrieve/improve the economic situation of the returnees.

We hope our assistance will help FATA residents improve their food securement situations.



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April 21, 2016 in Pakistan |