Chris Kay, WFP Country Director for Pakistan, presented the new CSP program at the Executive Board meeting in Rome, Italy, and said: “Based on extensive consultations with stakeholders and benefiting from an evaluation of the existing CSP, WFP has formulated the new CSP By placing the partnership with the government at the heart of its interventions.
“The WFP’s work in Pakistan over the next five years will include livelihoods, social protection, food systems and humanitarian response,” he said. The strategic plan comes at a critical time when the country is suffering from the devastating effects of floods, disrupting the lives and livelihoods of millions.
Kaye also said that the current needs and response to the flood emergency in Pakistan support the need to invest in strengthening the country’s resilience to climate change, supporting access to nutritious food, and strengthening nutritional systems.
The four strategic outcomes of the CSP underscore WFP’s increased focus on empowering and supporting national and regional institutions to meet the country’s food security and nutrition needs. The outcomes will also promote equal access to resources, emergency preparedness and response, and building resilience to the challenges posed by climate change and other shocks.
Federal Minister for Poverty Alleviation and Social Integrity in Pakistan, Shazia Atta Mari, acknowledged the long-standing partnership between WFP and the Government of Pakistan in her remarks at the Executive Board meeting, and said: “The CSP program provides WFP with a vision that aligns with government priorities, at both levels Federal and regional.
It highlighted the mutual trust and accountability between the two partners, with specific reference to the implementation of a large-scale stunting prevention programme, the “Benazir Nashonoma Programme”. The program is one of the most innovative and comprehensive efforts by any government to tackle stunting in Southeast Asia.
Minister Al-Marri added, “We recognize the competence and professionalism of the World Food Program to help implement a technical program that will have a lasting impact not only on the future of women and children, but also on communities and the country as a whole.”
The new Country Strategy Plan has been approved by the WFP Executive Board in Rome and will enter into force from 1 January 2023.