PAKISTAN: Urban food security deteriorating

“Rising food prices and low purchasing power are leading to increased food insecurity in Pakistan’s growing cities and towns. Of the 56 million people living in Pakistan’s urban areas, about 21 million are now deemed food insecure. Some 95 of the country’s 121 districts now face food insecurity problems, including malnutrition, under nutrition, hunger, disease and poverty.

Purchasing power in many areas is low. In 78 percent of the districts with urban populations, per capita income was below $100 a month. With land ownership at a minimum, agricultural work was increasingly becoming less viable for the average agricultural worker, prompting many day-laborers to move to the country’s larger cities and towns in search of jobs. Many people were constructing homes and roads on former agricultural land.”

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