Food Security Agriculture & Livelihood
The Riverside Development Organization (RDO) Trust, through various community support programs, mainly targets the food security of the rural population in Pakistan. In emergencies, RDO Trust regularly distributes nutritious supplies of food among poor communities through its seasonal food-distribution projects. RDO Trust takes into consideration the nutritional requirements of lactating women and young children while deciding the contents of its food baskets.
As a country with a population of over 220 million people, Pakistan faces significant challenges in ensuring food security for all its citizens. According to the World Food Programme, nearly 43% of the population is food insecure, with high levels of malnutrition, particularly among children under the age of five. One of the main contributing factors to food insecurity in Pakistan is poverty. Many households are unable to afford enough food to meet their basic needs, and are forced to rely on cheap, nutrient-poor options that do not provide the necessary nutrients for a healthy diet. In addition to poverty, a number of other factors contribute to food insecurity in Pakistan.
These include limited access to safe, nutritious, and affordable food: Many rural communities in Pakistan do not have access to a diverse range of foods, and may rely on a narrow range of staples that are low in nutrients.
Poor infrastructure: Poor roads, transportation, and storage facilities make it difficult to get food to where it is needed, leading to food waste and higher prices.
Climate change: Droughts, floods, and extreme weather events can damage crops and disrupt food production, leading to food shortages and price increases.
Political instability and conflict: Ongoing conflict and instability in certain parts of Pakistan can disrupt food systems, making it difficult for people to access food and other essential items.
RDO Trust is dedicated to addressing food insecurity and malnutrition in Pakistan through a range of programs and initiatives. Some of the key areas we focus on include:
Improving agricultural productivity: We work with smallholder farmers to improve crop yields and diversify their production, helping them to grow a wider range of nutritious foods.
Promoting better nutrition: We provide education and training to communities on the importance of a diverse and nutritious diet, and work to increase the availability of nutritious foods in local markets.
Supporting livelihoods: We provide training and support to help people develop skills and income-generating activities, enabling them to improve their own food security and that of their families.
By working together, we can make a real difference in the lives of people in Pakistan and help to build a more food-secure future for all.