Target Population

Lasbela  has  an  estimated  population  of  4.2  million  while  Gwadar  has  a  population  of 2.5 million.  Poverty is estimated at over 60% in the two coastal districts.  In terms of Human Development Index for Pakistan, Lasbela is nationally ranked at 33rd and Gwadar at 78th. Lasbela’s relatively higher position is primarily because of the presence of Hub Industrial estate and relatively better indicators for a number of coastal towns.  Otherwise,  its  agriculture  hinterland  and  coastal fishermen  communities  are  as  poor  and  neglected  as  any  other  backward  area  of  the  country. Rural and urban poverty Incidence in the two districts is reflected in Table;

Table 2: Poverty Incidence In Project Area and Target HHs

District

Total House Hold

Overall Poor HHs

Rural HHs in 28 UCs

Target Poorest HHs

Lasbela

100%

     

Lasbela

56,110

37,257

39,934

13,813

 

Gwadar

100%

     

Gwadar

25,133

11,951

17,399

6,187

 

Total

81,243

49,208

57,333

20,000

 The project’s primary target group will be approximately 20,000 resource poor rural households in 26 rural Union Councils of Gwadar and Lasbela. They include small landowners, tenants, landless, small  fishermen  (either owning  small  boats  of  less  than  30  feet  and  working as  hired  hands  or “khalasis”) and women. The poverty profile of the target group is reflected in the following two tables:


Table 3: Profile of the Target Project Area

 

Population

 

District

Tehsils

Rural UCs

Villages

Men

Women

Total

Households

Gwadar

4

9

110

59,970

52,344

112,314

17,399

Lasbela

5

17

272

113,801

103,225

217,026

39,934

Total

9

26

382

173,771

155,569

329,340

57,333

Table 4: District Poverty Profile

 

LASBELA

GWADAR

TOTAL HHs

Poverty Ranking

%

 

%

 

Extremely Poor

20

2,763

20

1,237

4,000

Chronically Poor

30

4,144

30

1,856

6,000

Transitory Poor

30

4,144

30

1,856

6,000

Transitory vulnerable

20

2,763

20

1,237

4,000

Transitory Non-Poor; Non Poor

-

-

-

-

-

Total

 

13,813

 

6,187