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Shakeel Ahmad Coordinator Development Communication and Extension

T: +92 (0)51 8434979

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CABI, Opposite 1-A, Data Gunj Baksh Road, Satellite Town, Pakistan

I have worked for CABI for 17 years. My professional experience  includes projects/programs development and implementation on capacity building in ICM/IPM for high value crops through participatory approaches. Integrated Pest Management protocols development using augmentative and conservation of biological control options. Facilitation and development of ICM/IPM curricula for farmers and agriculture professionals training activities for vegetables, fruits and field crops. 


My role and responsibilities as coordinator DCE includes; Coordinate and build relationships with the governments and other actors/stakeholders in the region to develop strategies to improve DCE performance. Plan in the area of DCE and communicate and possibly to influence and motivate all the stakeholders nationally/internationally. Act as focal point on assigned focus area; provide relevant inputs to project development, and coordinate and consolidate inputs from projects and programmes with in CABI CWA. Explore and identify opportunities for business development in line with DCE. Seek grant funding and financial support for DCE programs of the Centre. Participate in DCE related conferences and forums.

Project image: Controlling Japanese knotweed in Great Britain

Training facilitators and farmers in Pakistan

Farming in the Skardu valley is very important to the local economy. So, with funding from the Aga Khan Foundation, the CABI team are training facilitators and running Farmer Field Schools. Ultimately, we want to improve the food security and livelihoods of the area through increased productivity and...
Project image: Controlling Japanese knotweed in Great Britain

Tackling Pakistan’s pests

Tackling agricultural pests in Pakistan in a safe and sustainable way will save crop losses and benefit Pakistan’s exports. We are strengthening the capacity of Pakistan’s systems to implement biocontrol programmes for two pests that cause huge problems. We will also lessen the impact of post-harvest pests...
  1. Compost making event completion report in year 2007 funded by German Agro Action
  2. Implementation of Best Agricultural Practices through Training of Facilitators and Farmer Field School, a project Funded by Govt of Pakistan (2006)
  3. Implementation of Best Agricultural Practices through Training of Facilitators and Farmer Field School, a project Funded by Asian Development Bank (2005)
  4. Integrated Pest Management of Fruits in Chitral, in collaboration with AKRSP, Pakistan (2001-2004)
  5. Production of fruits and Vegetables with minimal use of synthetic chemicals, in collaboration with UNDP, Pakistan (2000)
  6. Integrated Crop Management of fruits and Vegetables in North West Frontier Province in Pakistan in collaboration with Swiss development Corporation (1999)

  7. Cassanelli, S.; Ahmad, S.; Duso, C.; Tirello, P.; Pozzebon (2015) A single nucleotide polymorphism in the acetylcholinesterase gene of the predatory mite Kampimodromus aberrans (Acari: Phytoseiidae) is associated with chlorpyrifos resistance. Biological Control, 90 : 34-37.

  8. Ahmad, S., Pozzebon, A., Duso, C. (2015) Predation on heterospecific larvae by adult females of Kampimodromus aberrans, Amblyseius andersoni, Typhlodromus pyri and Phytoseius finitimus (Acari: Phytoseiidae) Exp Appl Acarol 62:391–414.

  9. Pozzebon, A., Ahmad, S., Tirello, P., Lorenzon, M., Duso, C. (2014) Does pollen availability mitigate the impact of pesticides on predatory mites? Bio Control  34: 44-5.

  10. Duso, C., Ahmad, S., Tirello, P., Pozzebon, A., Klaric, V., Baldessari, M., Malagnini, V., Angeli, G. (2014)The impact of insecticides applied in apple orchards on the predatory mite Kampimodromus aberrans (Acari: Phytoseiidae). Exp  Appl Acarol 62: 391-414.

  11. Shah, R., Ahmad, S., Poswal, A. (2013) Population dynamics of insect pests, parasitoids and predators in cabbage and cauliflower agro-ecosystem. J. Ent. Res.37(2) 129-137.

  12. Ahmad, S., Pozzebon, A., Duso. (2012) Augmentative releases of the predatory mite Kampimodromus aberrans in organic and conventional apple orchards. Crop Protection 52  47-56.

  13. Nawaz Khan, A., Ahmad, S. (2013) Assessing the threat posed to forest and horticultural plants by an invasive insect in Northern Areas of Pakistan: a field survey of a giant scale insect (Drosicha sp.) (Hemiptera, Monophlebidae) outbreak in Baltistan. XIII International Symposium on Scale Insect Studies ISSIS, Sofia, Bulgaria.

  14. Ahmad, S., Hussain, Z. (2002) Effect of soil type and vegetation cover on occurrence of Entomopathogenic nematodes in Pakistan. Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences 5 (6): 640-642.