ISLAMABAD – Sixteen-million dollars will be donated by the United States Agency for International Development (U.S.A.I.D.) to provide the Food and Agriculture organization of the United Nations (F.A.O.) to support wheat planting, prevent further livestock losses and de-silt irrigation systems in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a province that was severely affected by August floods.

These floods have left approximately 10 million people vulnerable to hunger, destroying food stocks, around a quarter of Pakistan’s standing crops in the flood affected areas and killing more than one-million head of livestock. Agriculture is the main source of livelihood for 80% of the flood-affected population in Pakistan.

The donation kicks-off the start for F.A.O.’s $107 million appeal in the U.N.’s Pakistan Floods Emergency Response Plan appeal, announced in New York last Friday following the worst natural disaster on record in terms of farming and production losses. The program will provide supplementary feed and veterinary support for livestock to prevent disease outbreaks, among other things.

The U.S. donation will benefit more than 160,000 households and provide food security for more than 1.3 million rural farming people. The program places special emphasis on women, female headed households and families with children under five years old.