People dying of hunger in Pakistan, fighting for the loot of flour, watch the video
In the videos of Pakistan which are being shared on Twitter, it can be seen that in the struggle to extinguish the fire in their stomachs, the general public has resorted to looting. Viral videos are narrating the condition of people risking their lives for hunger.
Image Source: FILE People dying of hunger in Pakistan, fighting for the loot of flour, watch video
Pakistan: The condition of Pakistan has become poor. People dying of hunger are dependent on food. The condition is so bad that people are ready to die for flour. This plight of poor and poor Pakistan is not taking the name of improvement. Men and women are also not far behind in the loot of flour. There is loot for every sack. The video of this flour fight is also going viral. Which is telling this reality. The video of the looting of gunny bags from a flour-laden truck is going viral on social media.
— Engr Adnan Khan (@EngrAdnan67) March 20, 2023
Pakistan may have got the support of China, but the condition of the economically poor country does not seem to be improving. The help from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is still stuck and the hunger of the people of the country is out of control. Many videos of Pakistan’s plight are going viral on social media.
Loot of grain in poor Pakistan
In the videos being shared on Twitter of Pakistan facing the biggest economic crisis in its history, it can be seen that in the struggle to extinguish the fire in their stomachs, the general public has resorted to looting. Viral videos are narrating the condition of people risking their lives for hunger.
Inflation continues in the country
The inflation rate in Pakistan has broken records. In February, the inflation rate was recorded at 31.5 per cent, which is the highest since 1974 i.e. in nearly 50 years. On the other hand, if the prices of everyday items are compared with last year, then there is a huge increase in it. In March 2022, the price of 20 kg flour was Rs 1160. Wheat flour prices have increased by 53.1 per cent in a year.
People dying of hunger in Pakistan, fighting for the loot of flour
In Pakistan, the government has implemented a number of initiatives to address food insecurity, such as providing subsidies for wheat and sugar and setting up programs to distribute food to vulnerable populations. However, there is still a long way to go to ensure that everyone has access to nutritious and affordable food.
It is also important to address the root causes of hunger and poverty, such as unequal distribution of resources, lack of access to education and healthcare, and social and economic inequality. This requires a comprehensive approach that involves not just the government, but also civil society organizations, the private sector, and international partners.
It is heartbreaking to see people suffering from hunger and fighting for basic necessities like flour. I hope that the situation improves soon and that people are able to access the food and resources they need to survive and thrive.
Some additional points to consider regarding the issue of hunger in Pakistan:
- Agricultural sector: Agriculture is the backbone of Pakistan’s economy, employing almost half of the country’s workforce and accounting for a significant portion of its GDP. However, the sector faces a number of challenges, such as water scarcity, outdated farming techniques, and lack of access to credit and technology. Improving the agricultural sector could help increase food production and improve access to nutritious food.
- Climate change: Pakistan is also vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, such as droughts, floods, and extreme weather events. These can have a significant impact on food production and availability, particularly for small-scale farmers and rural communities.
- Social safety net programs: The Pakistani government has implemented a number of social safety net programs to provide assistance to vulnerable populations, such as the Benazir Income Support Program and the Ehsaas Emergency Cash Program. These programs provide cash transfers and other forms of support to help families meet their basic needs.
- Private sector engagement: The private sector can also play a role in addressing hunger and food insecurity in Pakistan. For example, companies can invest in sustainable agriculture and food processing, support local farmers, and develop innovative solutions to improve access to nutritious food.
- International aid: Finally, international aid can play a critical role in addressing hunger and food insecurity in Pakistan. Donor countries and organizations can provide financial and technical assistance to support agricultural development, social safety net programs, and other initiatives aimed at improving food security and reducing poverty.
- Malnutrition: Malnutrition is a major concern in Pakistan, particularly among children. According to UNICEF, almost 40% of Pakistani children under the age of five are stunted (too short for their age), which is a sign of chronic malnutrition. Malnutrition can have lifelong consequences, including impaired cognitive development, reduced physical growth, and increased risk of chronic diseases.
- Urbanization: Pakistan’s rapid urbanization has also led to an increase in urban poverty and food insecurity. As people move from rural areas to cities, they often face limited access to nutritious food and adequate healthcare, as well as inadequate housing and infrastructure. This can exacerbate issues of poverty and hunger.
- Food waste: Food waste is a significant issue in Pakistan, with an estimated 36 million tonnes of food wasted each year. This not only represents a loss of resources but also exacerbates food insecurity by reducing the amount of food available to those in need.
- Conflict and displacement: Pakistan has faced ongoing conflict and displacement, particularly in regions such as Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. This has had a significant impact on food security, as conflict can disrupt food systems, limit access to markets, and force people to flee their homes.
- Women’s empowerment: Finally, addressing hunger and food insecurity in Pakistan also requires a focus on women’s empowerment. Women are often disproportionately affected by poverty and hunger, and empowering them can help improve their access to education, healthcare, and economic opportunities, which can in turn improve food security and reduce poverty.
Overall, addressing hunger and food insecurity in Pakistan requires a multi-faceted approach that addresses the root causes of poverty and malnutrition. This includes improving agricultural productivity, supporting social safety net programs, reducing food waste, and addressing issues of conflict and displacement. By working together, we can help ensure that everyone in Pakistan has access to the nutritious food they need to live healthy and fulfilling lives.