NIDA-Pakistan Programmatic Areas and Interventions in Pakistan
Food Security and Sustainable Livelihoods Programme
Food Security Situation in Pakistan

In Pakistan recurrent natural and man-made crises has been a sharp decline in food security across the country, despite sufficient national food production to meet the needs of Pakistan's 170 million people. By 2009, almost 50 percent of the population, or 83 million people, were food insecure, up from 38 percent in 2003. In the aftermath of the flooding, it is believed that this figure may yet have risen to upwards of 90 million.

NIDA-Pakistan Approach to Food Security and Sustainable Livelihoods Programme

Through Food Security and Sustainable Livelihoods Programme (FSSLP) NIDA-Pakistan supports improved food security, import substitution, development of market opportunities and income generation, as well as institutional strengthening and program development support processes. It will address agricultural productive supply constraints such as access to inputs, extension services, improved agricultural information availability and dissemination and improved market infrastructure. NIDA-Pakistan Food Security and Sustainable Livelihood Program main components are:

NIDA-Pakistan FSSL Program Focus on following Approaches
  1. Improved on-farm productivity through rehabilitation and development of small scale irrigation and the design of improved agricultural practices
  2. Improved food security in terms of availability of food crops and access to food
  3. A broadened the range of income generating options particularly for vulnerable households
  4. Reduced rate of land degradation, soil erosion and deforestation through sustainable use of the natural resource base
  5. Emergence of self-sustaining communities and self help groups including women, and marginal farmers contributing to resource mobilization and capital formation
  6. Improved well being of women through provision of income generating activities, employment and reduced labour demands
  7. Strengthened capacities of rural community members and village extension workers