As Pakistan deals with the worst flooding in 80 years, news reports estimate that at least 2.6 million acres of crop land is under water, 14 million people have been affected by the flooding, and between 6 million and 7 million of those people will need food immediately.
Five percent of the nation’s rice crop has been damaged, including 20 percent of the rice crop in Sindh province, the most affected rice-growing area, the Pakistan Rice Exporters Association said.
The U.S. Agency for International Development has committed $35 million in aid to Pakistan. According to USAID’s latest emergency status report, 93,160 metric tons (MT) of American agricultural commodities have been shipped to Pakistan, including 10,600 MT of rice.
The food relief is being coordinated through the United Nations World Food Program (WFP). As ongoing relief efforts are planned by USAID and WFP, USA Rice will continue to monitor the situation and, when possible, make the case for U.S. rice as part of the emergency relief effort.