Australia to provide $1m to Pakistan to improve nutrition
Australian will provide one million dollars to Pakistan and World Food Programme to improve nutrition and attain food security by fortifying food in Pakistan.
The announcement was made after the official launch of a strategy, which has support from the WFP Pakistan, the National Fortification Alliance and the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination in Islamabad on Thursday.
The strategy aims to layout key actions for overcoming the micronutrient deficiencies in Pakistan known as "hidden hunger". It states that the addition of vitamins and minerals to common foods is an effective, affordable and safe measure to lower the burden of micronutrient deficiencies.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar, endorsed the National Fortification Strategy, acknowledging the efforts of the Government of Australia, the NFA and the WFP Pakistan.
She said that the interventions proposed in the Food Fortification Strategy are in line with the Government's priorities to improve status of nutrition for its people. She said the ministry is working in close liaison with its valued partners to eliminate hunger, attain food security and improved nutrition by achieving the goals of the Sustainable Development Goal.
Acting High Commissioner of Australia Jurek Juszczyk said that the Australian Government has been supported the National and Provincial Fortification Alliances of Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh since June 2015. He said the support is being extended for another year.
WFP Pakistan Country Director, Mr. Finbarr Curran said that the wide-ranging food fortification strategy will have a positive and long term impact on the economic development of Pakistan.