GENERAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION (TDPS) OF SOUTH WAZIRISTAN AGENCY IN DERA ISMAIL KHAN

PROJECT OVERVIEW

The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan has recently seen several rounds of displacement due to ongoing security operations. This was the biggest displacement when the War on Terror reached its peak in 2008-2009. It was the biggest Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs) movement in the history of the country as well as in the history of the tribesmen. A record number of people left their homes to escape fighting between the security forces and the militants and arrived in the adjoining and relatively peaceful districts of Peshawar, Mardan, Nowshehra, Hangu, Tank and DI Khan.

In response to the large displacement of the population of the above mentioned areas in FATA the United Nations World Food Program initiated Food Assistance Projects to Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs) and Returnees. Basic Education and Employable Skills Training (BEST) has been the implementing partner of WFP from the onset of the Food Distribution Operation to the affected populations from the above mentioned areas both In Camp , Off Camp as well as to the  returnee IDPs and locally displaced persons in their respective agencies.

BEST with determination to extend its services to the conflict affected people on humanitarian basis, made its intervention since January 01, 2013 as implementing partner of UN-WFP to extend food assistance to the Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs) of South Waziristan Agency residing off-camp or with host families.

For fruitful project implementation, an effective and deep rooted coordination was established with all stakeholders including Local Administration, Pak Army, PDMA/FDMA, WFP DI Khan and target community.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

  1. To eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.
  2. To reduce the grievances of the conflict affected people.
  3. To overcome food crisis in the war hit zone.
  4. To help the needy people against high prices of food items.
  5. Ensuring food security of the affected people against hungry and malnutrition

PROJECT TARGET AREA:

Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs) of South Waziristan Agency residing in District DI Khan

IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGY

In order to serve the Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs) in a decent, peaceful, systematic and a well-organized environment, the project has developed a well-defined implementation strategy according to the existing situation and sensitivity of the area.  Prior to the distribution of each round, work plan is shared with all relevant stakeholders including WFP, DCO, DPO, Food Committees and community for necessary arrangements. Food Committees are involved throughout the distribution cycle to ensure transparency accountability and rapid response to the grievances/issues of Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs). Similarly, grievance desk has been established at distribution point for recording Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs) complaints and referral of cases to the concern agencies. Furthermore, all possible facilities to the TDPs were provided in distribution point. Regular session of Social mobilization regarding the nutritious value of food items, food distribution mechanism and scale of ration are conducted.  Security of the Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs) is ensured by the security staff.