Areas of support:
- Nutrition support
- Early recovery
- School feeding
- Food security analysis
- Policy support
Relief: as part of the mandate of WFP, life-saving relief food assistance has been provided to families affected by law and order interventions in the country’s northwest. This amounts to more than 1 million temporarily displaced persons as well as those who have recently returned to their areas of origin.
Nutrition support: WFP, in collaboration with UNICEF and WHO and in conjunction with respective provincial Departments of Health, implements interventions to stem the decline in nutrition with activities in more than 40 districts targeting population groups most vulnerable to under-nutrition, i.e. women and children. These activities capitalise on indigenous technical and production capacities and utilise locally developed and produced nutrition supplements to prevent and treat under-nutrition.
Early recovery: Early Recovery assistance is provided to communities affected by law and order operations in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) to promote economic opportunities and social inclusion through food-for-work interventions to rehabilitate and restore livelihoods. These activities target over 300,000 families.
School feeding: WFP school feeding interventions in six agencies of FATA reach approximately 250,000 students in over 1,100 schools in collaboration with the FATA secretariat. This seeks to stabilize enrolment in FATA and encourage return to school while fortified foods provided in this programme increase micronutrient intake among schoolchildren. WFP extends school feeding assistance to girls in secondary schools in order to address low levels of literacy, reduce drop-outs and increase micronutrient intake.
Disaster preparedness: Measures to build resilience and reduce risk exposure are being implemented for communities residing in some of the country’s most hazard-prone locations through conditional cash-based activities targeting over 800,000 beneficiaries.
Food security analysis: WFP works closely with the Government on both federal and provincial levels to align its strategies with national priorities addressing food security and nutrition.
Policy support: WFP, with other organizations including FAO and UNICEF and the national Zero Hunger programme, provides policy level support to the Ministry of National Food Security and Research (MNFSR) in drafting a national food security and nutrition policy initiative to improve food security and nutrition, conducting policy level food security and poverty alleviation workshops and interactions at both national and provincial levels and providing human resource capacity building. At the request of MNFSR, a new nationwide Food Security Assessment is being conducted in partnership with FAO, UNICEF and the Sustainable Development Policy Institute to provide a comprehensive analysis of the current food and nutrition security situation in Pakistan.
Mr. Finbarr Curran, WFP Representative and Country Director
Finbarr Curran has spent his professional career working in the international humanitarian development field. He joined the United Nations World Food Programme – the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide – in 1996,and in that time has served as Project Manager for Enterprise Resource Systems (1996-2001); Director of ICT (2001-2006); Director of Support Office in Dubai (2006 2010); Director of Procurement (2010-2013); Director of Budget and Programming (2013-2016), before beginning his assignment in Pakistan in November 2016.
Prior to his assignment in Pakistan Finbarr was Director of Budget and Programming during which he navigated four Management (Financial) Plans that oversaw WFP’s budget grow from USD 3.7 billion to USD 5.6 billion, through WFP governance structure including Board approval.
Prior to that, as Director of Procurement, Finbarr was responsible for the annual procurement of 2.5 million tons of food, as well as a half billion dollars of non-food items. In this role he introduced advanced purchasing of food, which reduced food delivery lead times by 75% and continues to generate substantial savings on commodity costs. This initiative also enabled expansion of the range and availability of processed food. In addition, Finbarr was a key player in the development of the BMGF’s Purchase for Progress initiative to buy directly from small holder farmers.
As Director of the Dubai Country Office, Mr. Curran established it as WFP’s primary Field and Emergency Support Office for the provision of inter-agency non-food logistics emergency support, specifically emergency telecoms, warehousing and procurement. He also introduced the only UN based light-vehicle leasing and insurance facility, which continues to generate USD 3M savings annually.
Mr. Curran was WFP’s first Chief Information Officer (CIO) during which time he established the office as the lead agency for IT and Telecommunications in Emergency response, built the first global UN private network and developed an interagency ICT strategic network which was endorsed by the General Assembly.
Prior to joining WFP, Mr. Curran had worked in the private sector in Ireland and the UK, and spent 3 years in Zimbabwe as an advisor to the largest semi-state organization. He also worked in Ethiopia, Kenya and Dubai.
Mr. Curran is an Irish national, and a Fellow of the Irish Institute of Chartered Accountants.