WFP unveils CSP-2023-27 to meet Pakistan’s nutrition food security needs

ISLAMABAD: The World Food Program (WFP) has launched its new National Strategic Plan (CSP) 2023-2027, gradually shifting from its traditional role as a provider of food aid to that of a provider of support for an inclusive and equitable national policy and the capacity development.

Chris Kaye, Country Director of WFP Pakistan, presented the new CSP at the Board meeting in Rome, Italy, and said, “Building on the extensive consultations with stakeholders and benefiting from evaluation of the current CSP, WFP has formulated the new CSP by putting partnership with the government at the center of its interventions”, indicates a press release published here.

He said, “WFP’s work in Pakistan over the next five years will encompass livelihoods, social protection, food systems and humanitarian response.” The strategic plan comes at a critical time when the country is reeling from the devastating effects of the floods, disrupting the lives and livelihoods of millions of people.

Kaye further said that the current needs and response to the flood emergency in Pakistan underpin the need to invest in building the country’s resilience to climate change, supporting access to nutritious food and by strengthening food systems.

The CSP’s four strategic outcomes underscore WFP’s growing emphasis on empowering and supporting national and provincial institutions to meet the country’s food security and nutrition needs. In addition, the results will promote equal access to resources, prepare for and respond to emergencies, and build resilience to face the challenges posed by climate change and other shocks.

Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Poverty Alleviation and Social Security, Shazia Atta Marri, acknowledged WFP’s longstanding partnership with the Government of Pakistan in her address to the Board meeting and said: ” The MAP PSP proposes a vision aligned with government priorities, both federally and provincially.

She underlined the mutual trust and responsibility between the two partners, with specific reference to the implementation of the large-scale stunting prevention program, the “Benazir Nashonuma Programme”. The program is one of the most innovative and comprehensive efforts by any government to address stunting in Southeast Asia.

“We recognize the competence and professionalism of WFP 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,” said added Minister Marri.

The new CSP has been approved by the WFP Executive Board in Rome and will enter into force on January 1, 2023.

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