ISLAMABAD - The United States has contributed an additional $8 million to help the government of Pakistan meet the food and nutritional needs of the internally displaced people (IDPs) from FATA.
The contribution, provided through the USAID, is part of the ongoing efforts of the US government and the WFP under the Twinning Programme.
The Twinning Programme is a partnership between the Government of Pakistan, WFP, and the international donor community through which wheat donated by the Government of Pakistan is transformed into fortified wheat flour and distributed in the most vulnerable communities.
The donor funds are used to cover the costs of milling, fortification, storage, transport, and distribution of the wheat flour. This new commitment by the US government will enable WFP to transform approximately 38,000 metric tons of wheat into fortified wheat flour, providing more nutritional food for the IDPs over a two-month period.
“The US commitment to the Twinning Program is a demonstration of our support to the internally displaced population from the FATA and the incredibly important partnership between the Government of Pakistan, WFP, and the international community,” said USAID Acting Mission Director, Nancy Estes.
The United States has a long-standing history of, and commitment to, working together with Pakistan to provide humanitarian assistance and support human and social development.
In 2014, USAID provided over $60 million in food assistance to Pakistan, in addition to the $8 million in support of the Twinning Program. Since 2009, the United States has provided over $1.4 billion in humanitarian assistance to Pakistan, making it the largest bilateral provider of humanitarian assistance.