16 percent Pakistanis are food insecure: Survey

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Pakistan Social and Living Standards Measurement (PSLM) survey reports that more than 84 percent households are food secure.

16 percent Pakistanis are food insecure: Survey. More than 84 percent households in a Pakistan Social and Living Standards Measurement (PSLM) survey have reported that they are food secure. While 16 percent households are experiencing moderate or severe food insecurity in overall Pakistan.

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The PSLM survey report 2018-19, from Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), covers 25,940 households across rural and urban communities. It collects information on a range of social sector issues — education, health and food security by facilities and services.

This report is the eleventh round of PSLM surveys since 2004 for monitoring of development plans at the provincial/district level in MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) and now SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).

It also includes the calculation of food security in the report for the first time. The report reveals further that moderate or severe food insecurity is more in the rural areas as compared to the urban areas.

Sindh witnessed the highest level of moderate or severe food insecurity followed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Punjab, respectively.

The survey reveals that over one half of the population of 10 years and older — 61 percent in 2018-19 as compared to 60 percent in 2013-14 — has never attended school. Similarly, overall 30 percent of children aged 5 to 16 are out of school in Pakistan. It compares to 33 percent in 2013-14, showing an overall declining trend. The percentage is highest in Baluchistan and lowest in Punjab.

24 percent children in Pakistan have never been to school: Survey

Out of school children include who have never been to school and those children who attended school but left afterwards. 24 percent children age (5 -16) years have never been to school in Pakistan. This percentage is highest in Balochistan, followed by Sindh and lowest in Punjab. Dropout rates are lower and have almost the same pattern in all provinces.

Official site of PSLM: http://www.pbs.gov.pk/content/pakistan-social-and-living-standards-measurement

The overall literacy has increased to 60pc from 58pc in 2013-14. There is an increasing trend in provinces except Balochistan. The report reflects increasing trends in indicators of education such as literacy rate for male increased to 71pc and 49pc for female. In the youth, the literacy rate increased to 72pc from 71pc in 2013-14.

16 percent Pakistanis are food insecure: Survey.

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