Pakistan: Acute Food Insecurity Situation October 2021 - March/April 2022 and Projection for April/May - June 2022
Acute food insecurity situation of Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh
01.10.2021 > 30.06.2022


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In this IPC Acute Food Insecurity analysis, nine rural districts of Balochistan, seven rural districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and nine rural districts of Sindh were analysed, amounting to around 8.6% of Pakistan’s population.

Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh are three provinces in Pakistan, all having a high prevalence of food insecurity, malnutrition and poverty. In 2021, their populations faced multiple shocks including high food prices, drought, inadequate rainfall and livestock diseases, which were exacerbated by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In total, nearly 4.66 million people (25% of the population analysed) will experience high levels of acute food insecurity (IPC Phase 3 or above) through March/April 2022. These include over one million people (6% of the population analysed) in IPC Phase 4 (Emergency) and over 3.5 million people (19% of the population analysed) in IPC Phase 3 (Crisis) across the 25 districts analysed. 

For all three provinces, food insecurity has consistently remained high over the years, and urgent action is required to protect livelihoods and reduce food consumption gaps of people in Crisis and save lives and livelihoods of those in Emergency. The latest IPC Acute Malnutrition analysis conducted in Sindh province also reported nearly 640,000 children under the age of five likely suffering from acute malnutrition through February 2022. 

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