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Food Security Response

Project Theme Education
Project Title WFP-UNESCO Joint Pilot Food and Other Incentive-based Assistance to primary schools in selected Districts of NWFP, Balochistan and Sindh under Food Security Relief Program in Pakistan
Duration October 2008 - September 2009 (Twelve Months)
Total Project Budget USD 855,419.00
Funding Sources WFP (USAID)
Implementing Partners Department of Education, Sindh, Balochistan and NWFP, Government of Pakistan
Provincial Institutes of Teachers' Education Sindh, Balochistan and NWFP
Basic Education and Employable Skill Training (BEST)
Helping Hands
Location NWFP, Sindh and Balochistan
Implementing Sector/ Field Office Abbottabad, Quetta and Nawabshah
Project Officer Vickram Chhetri
Contact (email) vickram.chhetri@un.org.pk
WFP-UNESCO Joint Pilot Food and Other Incentive-based Assistance to Primary Schools in Selected Districts of NWFP, Balochistan and Sindh under Food Security Relief Program in Pakistan
Rising food prices have affected the lives of millions of Pakistanis, as households income fail to keep up with inflation. In many areas households are spending an average of 70% of their income on food and still failing to afford an adequate diet. There is evidence to suggest that families have stopped sending their children to school to save expenses. The situation has serious impacts on the educational opportunities for children and on the future development of the country.

The WFP-UNESCO pilot Joint Project seeks to respond to the food crisis emergency situation through, i) Ameliorating the effect of the food crisis by providing food incentives, and, ii) Ensure the maintenance and increase in enrollment at schools, promote sustained class attendance and reduce dropout rates through other incentives.

The goal of this project component is to improve elementary school enrolment, capacity building of the education department staff, retention and completion, especially of girl students and vulnerable groups by 2009. With the expected outcome to enhance the effectiveness of food distribution through improved elementary school enrolment, retention and completion, especially for girls and vulnerable groups.

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