JAPAN SUPPORTS WFP FOR SEASONAL LIVELIHOOD PROGRAMMING INNEWLY MERGED TRIBAL DISTRICTS
Islamabad: 27 th September 2018
The government of Japan has announced its support to the United Nations World Food
Programme (WFP) for Seasonal Livelihood Programming in erstwhile Federally Administered
Tribal Areas (FATA). The official announcement was made by the Secretary for Livelihood and
Production Department, Abdul Latif, and the Ambassador of Japan in Pakistan, H.E. Mr. Takashi
Kurai, during a press event in Islamabad.
WFP Country Director and Representative Mr. Finbarr Curran and representatives from
the erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) Secretariat and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
(KP) Government were also present at the occasion.
Geographically, the districts formerly known as FATA are vulnerable to disasters and
poorly constructed mud and stone houses and other weak infrastructure are often washed away
by rains and flash flooding. The frequency of climatic shocks – as well as conflict calls for the
strengthening of disaster risk management systems to mitigate risk. Crisis preparedness
capacities need to be boosted to reduce the time it takes for families to recover and for systems to
Seasonal Livelihood Programming is a risk-informed planning tool to identify
interventions suited to a variety of contexts and time frames. It provides the foundations for
resilience planning and brings humanitarian and development interventions together by
combining seasonal, livelihood, gender, crisis and programme aspects. Communities,
government, and partners, are consulted to design cross cutting plans.
The programme will also pave the way for the digitalization of information gathering and
the development of a centralized data hub. This will include the refinement and cleaning of data
from key thematic areas and linking to the Decision Support System of the National Disaster
Management Authority (NDMA).
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Secretary, Livelihood and Production Department, Abdul Latif said that the Government
of Japan has been an active partner of the Government of Pakistan in supporting the socio-
economic development of the people in the former tribal regions. The consultative process will
help agencies and the government to establish priorities and make plans to address challenges in
disaster preparedness and mitigation to sustain development gains and minimize losses to the
country’s Gross Domestic Product.
Addressing the audience, Ambassador of Japan, H.E. Mr. Takashi Kurai said “We need
to start paying more attention in our assistance for former FATA to development support, rather
than humanitarian, to eradicate poverty, end malnutrition and improve the quality of lives of
people there. We hope that this development intervention through WFP will help them increase
their self-resilience and protect their livelihoods.
“The Government of Japan has been a key partner in ensuring food security and
livelihood for the vulnerable people in tribal districts. Extreme weather events are expected to
exacerbate already tough living conditions and crop failures can further aggravate conflicts,” said
WFP representative Finbar Curran. “Seasonal livelihood programming will help support people
where the pressures of climate and conflict intersect, and at the same time strengthen government
plans and coordination”.