Pakistan began to see widespread incidence of malnutrition, which had until now largely impacted the youngest children. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, area under cultivation has stagnated at just around 25% of the total land area of the country, and food output is not going to be able to keep pace with the rapid population increases.
With dwindling water resources, further expansion is not possible. Soil fertility is worsening; increasing yields is also becoming a growing challenge. The pressure to grow more nutritious food per unit of land is growing at an accelerating rate, putting unprecedented stress on future food security.
Fresh Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2017 shows that Pakistan remains at the lowest level on 106th place among 119 developing countries. About one-fifth of its population is undernourished, and lagging behind even India and most of the African states. 45% of children are stunted compare to 2006 it was 40.3 %, child mortality rate stands at 8.1%, and 1 out of every ten children age of five years or less has a lower weight for their height (Nutrition Survey)
According to United Nations World Food Programme, Pakistan not only have an issue with food production but both the quality and quantity of food available to most poor people to meet their basic nutritional needs. The poor, especially children all across Pakistan, particularly in Thar, remain starved and malnourished making it challengeable for Pakistan to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of ‘zero hunger’.
Through the program, SDO aims to provide food security to food insecure families in different parts of Sindh, to improve their nutrition and cover their needs that have been difficult to cover due to poverty and inflation primarily. Sindh Development Organization aims to respond to humanitarian tragedies and the crisis of food insecurity that unfolds in Pakistan due to man-made or natural disasters and poverty, especially in the province of Sindh. The organization is also committed to help the government achieve the UN SDGs it has committed under UN SDG 2, i.e. Zero Hunger. Together, in collaboration with the public sector, SDO wants to improve food security program to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.
SDO aims to help the suffering humanity through the provision of food, throughout the year, especially in the holy months of Ramadan and Zul Hijjah and at the times of disaster. In order to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition (UN SDG 2), SDO distributes food packets (dry ration) and meat to deserving communities every year. At SDO, we strongly believe that bringing an end to hunger is the primary step that we have to take as a society for our underprivileged brothers and sisters, before being able to help them to increase productivity in their livelihoods; an empty stomach cannot focus on productivity.
Currently we are carrying out following projects to address the issue of food security in
Ramadan Ration Distribution.
Eid Gifts (Ration + Cash).
Sadaqah Meat Distribution.