About 23% of Pakistanis are suffering from malnutrition and food insecurity despite having plenty of food grains available in the storage, according to figures by University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (UAF) Vice-Chancellor Prof Iqrar Ahmad. He said while there was enough food in the country, not everyone had access to it. Around 10 million tonnes of wheat has been dumped in the silos of food department that can easily be distributed among the poor and needy families.
Prof Iqrar said the rural population was the most affected, as many could not afford even one proper meal a day. In urban areas, he said, the situation was not encouraging as well as over 2.5 million children showed stunted growth in the cities. That two out of every three households in Pakistan cannot afford a proper diet that, Prof Iqrar said the studies spoke volumes about the growing hunger in the country.