In recent years, rural communities have suffered through the effects of climate change.
But the most recent floods in Pakistan, and the growing number of cases of dengue fever in rural areas, have brought out the worst in rural communities.
And now, rural development is facing another challenge: the rise of rural-focused development.
The country has one of the highest rural population densities in the world.
In 2016, more than 9 million people in Pakistan lived in rural-based communities, compared to just over 3 million in cities, according to the International Labour Organisation.
In some regions, rural populations have surpassed the urban population, as urban residents have relocated to the countryside, a trend that is being predicted to continue.
The problem of malnutrition in rural settings is also well documented, according the United Nations World Food Programme.
As many as 25 percent of Pakistanis are living in rural households, with a higher rate in the mountainous areas, according a study published in the World Health Organization.
But the rise in the number of people living in the countryside is not necessarily bad news for rural populations.
In a country where agriculture is the lifeblood, the rural sector is important in providing livelihoods for the people, the report said.
The problem with malnutrition in the rural setting is that the children are not getting the best quality nutrition.
According to a study from the World Bank, there are nearly 2.4 million children living in poor families.
Of those, more 3.7 million have less than two years of schooling, and 1.6 million are chronically malnourished, according World Health Organisation data.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, about two-thirds of the world’s poorest people live in rural regions, where rural poverty is growing.
And in India, the rate of rural poverty was nearly 60 percent in 2013, according data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
While it may seem that the rural-centered development of rural areas is a good idea, the reality is that it has been slow-moving, the United Nation’s Rural Development Commission said.
In a country like Pakistan, where the average household income is only $15,000 a year, the country is struggling to fund the rural development needs of a large segment of its population.
In recent years in Pakistan and across the region, the situation of rural development has been deteriorating, said the World Food Program’s Mehmood Ahmad.
“The rural poor, who have been largely marginalized, have become the primary beneficiaries of the policy and funding mechanism of development programs in the region,” he said.
The World Food Organization said that in the past, some development projects had been started with a view to provide subsidies and investment to those who were poor.
And in Pakistan’s case, many of the poorest rural households were poor because of the absence of adequate financial means.
A 2011 report from the United Kingdom’s Office for National Statistics showed that the poorest 20 percent of households in Pakistan had incomes of $1,000 or less.
However, a 2016 report by the World Development Council found that rural-oriented development in the country has also been effective in raising incomes for millions of people, particularly those living in remote areas.
Since 2014, the World Resources Institute has worked with Pakistan’s government and private sector to build rural-centric development strategies.
At a recent seminar hosted by the Pakistan Rural Development Development Commission, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif told the gathering that the goal of the government was to create an environment conducive to the growth of the rural economy and its ability to create jobs.
According to Sharif, a country-wide approach to rural development would be a good first step.