Food insecurity in Pakistan

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Muhammad Abdullah
Pakistanis are now facing food insecurity as a result of double-digit food price increases and declining income over the past three years. According to the World Food Programme (WFP), 18% of Pakistanis suffer from acute food insecurity or 43 percent of the population. The WFP claims that access to affordable food is the “biggest barrier to achieving a balanced diet,” and that the majority of Pakistanis are unable to do so.Hence, increasing food availability is insufficient to end hunger and undernutrition; if universal food security and the pervasive concern of stunting and wasting among children are to be dealt with, it is just as important, if not more so, to ensure that people have access to healthy and safe meals.The number of individuals who are food insecure has increased while social and economic imbalances have only gotten worse as a result of our economic and financial policies. The government must work to enhance the value chain of fruit and vegetable crops while also assuring the availability of storage facilities in order to prevent future food crises. To lessen the destructive consequences of natural catastrophes on food security, the government must encourage crop variety, water management, and climate-smart farming. The country’s food security depends on prioritizing agricultural value addition and maintaining subsidies for important commodities.

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