WFP Delegation visited Pakistan to oversee development programs financed by World Food Programme (WFP) in KP and FATA. The delegation first visited Bara, Khyber Agency where SRSP is implementing (Cash for Work) project. The delegation met with community activists. They also visited community established Nursery, orchard and kitchen garden. Important stakeholders included Executive Director - WFP, Regional Director, Bangkok, Chairperson BISP, Country Director – WFP Pakistan, Deputy Country Director – WFP Pakistan, Political Agent Khyber Agency, Directorate of Agriculture FATA, and SRSP management.
The representatives of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government and UNDP stressed the need for adopting innovative ways to address the issues of unemployment and lack of livelihood opportunities in the merged districts. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister of Finance and Planning Taimur Jhagra and resident representative of UNDP Ignacio Artaza were speaking at a ceremony to inaugurate vocational training for 500 youth from the merged districts of Khyber, North and South Waziristan. The train ing is being organized at the Human Resource Centre of the Sarhad Rural Support Programme (SRSP) in Hayatabad. The six-month training is being funded by the USAID through UNDP in a project being implemented by the SRSP in the three districts. The youth are being imparted training in different trades including solar panel, auto mechanic, motorcycle, refrigeration and air-condition repairing. The trainings are certified by the City and Guild London.