Pakistan signed a grant agreement with the World Bank amounting to US$ 5 million


The government of Pakistan signed a grant agreement with the world bank amounting to US$ 5 million for “Multi-Second action for Nutrition (MSAN) Project” for Sindh in Economic Affairs Division (EAD).

The project development objectives are to increase the dietary diversity and improve sanitation and hygiene practices in targeted project areas in Sindh Province. The project will contribute to improving the underlying conditions leading to chronic malnutrition through (1) a sanitation intervention focusing on behavioral change to improve hygiene practices and achieve open defecation-free villages; and (2) an agriculture intervention to introduce production of nutritious food for consumption through homestead gardening practices and increasing household knowledge of food and nutrition.

MSAN is financed by a grant from the Pakistan Partnership for improved Nutrition (PPIN) trust fund administered by the bank in amount of US$ 5 million (with a total commitment of US$ 17.56 million which will be disbursed in tranches). The Grant has following components:

          Component 1: Support of Saaf Suthro Sindh

          Component 2: Agriculture for Nutrition

          Component 3: Project management, Monitoring, and coordination

The grant agreement was signed by Mr. Arif Ahmed khan, Secretary, EAD on behalf of the Government of Pakistan and Mr. Patchamuthu Illangovan, Country Director on behalf of the World Bank. Mr. Sajid Jamal Abro, Secretary Agriculture, Supply and Prices Department, Government of Sindh signed the project Agreement on behalf of Government of Sindh.