To date, FAO has mobilized over $25 million and has provided over 600 000 affected people with seeds and fertilizers. In addition, livestock vaccination campaigns have been completed in the Balochistan Province and are being finalized in Sindh, while livestock feed distribution will begin shortly, Qu said.
FAO has also been leading preparations for the agriculture, fisheries and livestock section of the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment and has contributed to developing the livelihoods component of the UN’s Resilient Recovery, Rehabilitation, and Reconstruction Framework (4RF).
Under the 4R framework, at least $4 billion are urgently needed to facilitate the immediate recovery of the agriculture sector, and to lay the foundations for lasting resilience.
Other examples of FAO’s role in Pakistan include the provision of technical leadership for the Transforming Indus Basin Initiative, funded by Green Climate Fund. Through this programme, some 1.3 million people in vulnerable areas of the Indus River basin will see improved yields and increased returns of between 30 and 80 percent in their production. In all, about 16 million people will benefit from the programme, either directly or indirectly.
More recently, FAO has begun rolling out a European Union-funded programme to revive water resources in Balochistan. This project seeks to harness the province’s limited water resources and ensure their smarter use in agriculture, alongside improved rangeland management for livestock rearing.