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Food security: Sunflowers bring hope after floods in Pakistan

A short case study about how families were supported to raise an income to get them back on track

2011 Available in English

Between July and August 2010, families living in the Indus River basin in Pakistan were faced with the worst floods in Pakistan’s recent history. The river, which for so long had been their source of life and livelihood, suddenly became their greatest foe. Over 20 million people were affected by the floods which covered an area of land greater than England.

This case study summarises the various ways that Tearfund was able to help directly and through four local partners, and tells the story of how the provision of sunflower seeds to make oil provided an income, allowing farmers to pay off loans and purchase new seed for the next planting season, putting them back on track again.

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