11 Nov 2014
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In June 2014, the Government of Pakistan commenced a military security operation in North Waziristan Agency targeting non-state armed actors. The operations prompted large scale displacement of more than 1 million people. In July 2014, the Emergency Relief Coordinator allocated US$5 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to help humanitarian partners provide emergency aid to thousands of people in need.

With support from CERF, the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) provided life-saving relief to thousands of internally displaced people.

A $300,000 CERF grant made it possible for FAO to provide emergency support to protect livestock for IDPs and the host families affected by the North Waziristan crisis.

“Livestock is an important source of livelihoods for poor households. It provides milk, eggs, meat and cash when sold. Preserving the lives and health of IDP livestock is a high priority for FAO,” says Patrick T. Evans, FAO Representative in Pakistan.

The FAO and the  Livestock and Dairy Development Directorates General of KP and FATA will vaccinate 348,000 livestock between October 2014 and March 2015. According to FAO, vaccination is important to protect animal health and help prevent the spread of lethal animal diseases in areas with large concentration of livestock. It also helps to prevent the transmission of diseases to people.

More than 58,000 families displaced by the military operation in North Waziristan and their host communities will benefit from the vaccination campaign.

FAO will also provide 10,000 feed packages for animal feeding and water troughs, and milking kits, while 1,000 families will receive shelter material to protect livestock from harsh weather, and 9,800 families will receive sets of rabbi vegetable seeds and portable canvas bags to start kitchen gardens.

WHO received a $562,639 CERF grant to provide basic health care and polio vaccination to about 146,000 people. With $809,530 in CERF funding, UNICEF provided water and sanitation support and UNHCR used $469,687 to deliver basic relief supplies to families in need.

More information on FAO activities in Pakistan can be found here.