B.Sc Agri. (Hons) Entomology
M.Sc Agri. (Hons) Entomology
PhD (Nematology) enrolled
Master Trainer of Training of Facilitator (ToF) & Farmer Field School (FFS)
BSAFE (UNDSS Security Course)
I am an Entomologist and have more than 12 years’ professional diversified experience of field implementation programs/projects of biological control of insect pest of crops and horticultural fruits, good agriculture practices (GAPs), Better Cotton Standard System, non-GMO cotton seed multiplication, Organic cotton policy following PRINCE2 project management.
I have been contributing towards CABI’s mission since 2008 during which I have performed different roles in multiple projects. Currently, I am working as Project Manager for the integrated natural enemies field reservoir technology project for controlling of the 12 targeted insect pests of the cotton, okra, mango, guava and sugarcane crop through mass rearing of beneficial insects (predators and parasitoids) on the farms to reduce the pesticide application and impact of climate change at Sindh province of the Pakistan. Another project, Cotton Advocacy for Policy and Seed managing for ensuring the availability of non-GMO cotton seed to grow organic cotton in Balochistan province of Pakistan and work with government on organic cotton policy for Pakistan. Federal, provincial government departments and private stakeholders/partners are also being engaged in this project.
Better Cotton Project-Sindh is being supported as Technical Training Specialist, in this role, supporting in the implementation of the project through enhancing the capacity of the 140 project field staff (Project Coordinators, Producer Unit Managers, Women Trainers, Field Facilitators) on better cotton standard system focus on (crop protection, water stewardship, health of soil and land use, biodiversity conservation, Fibre Quality, Decent work and Management), Assurance Program, Data collection, Data Analysis and good agriculture practices.
Have good working collaboration and linkages with federal and provincial government’s departments, academia, research, project donors, stakeholders/partners (private), farming communities, supply chain actors, input suppliers. I have expertise in development of project proposals, curricula for different crops and training material on the GAPs, and crop production technologies for every level of audience, I also have good number of scientific publications in peer reviewed journals.
As a professional, I have taken up the challenge to promote sustainable farming with focus on the social and economic wellbeing of farming communities and environmental/biodiversity conservation on the farm contributing towards the sustainable development goals.
CABI’s centre in Pakistan coordinates our activities in Central and Western Asia. Small-scale farming here is widespread, employing a large percentage of the population in many areas. Agriculture contributes heavily towards the region’s economy and its development.
Certified organic cotton production contributes to less than 1% of global cotton cultivation. This is because access to organic cotton seed is so difficult. In Pakistan, the lack of policies, availability of non-Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) seed and weak links with input suppliers and supply chains makes organic cotton farming demotivating and uninteresting for famers. This project will create a conducive ecosystem for organic cotton and contribute to the long-term availability of non-GM cotton seed and organic inputs for farmers with a self-sustaining approach.
Start: 01/09/19 -End: 31/08/20
Protecting crops from pests and diseases in Pakistan is still reliant on unsustainable pesticide practices. Between 1980 and 2004 the use of pesticide increased by over 6,600 percent, despite yields remaining stagnant over the same period. Since 2004, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods have proved successful for reducing pesticide use and protecting human health and the environment. This project aims to establish 50 Natural Enemies Field Reservoirs (NEFRs) to tackle crop pests directly and train over 31,500 farmers and extension staff on implementing IPM technologies in Sindh province.Protecting crops from pests and diseases in Pakistan is still reliant on unsustainable pesticide practices. Between 1980 and 2004 the use of pesticide increased by over 6,600 percent, despite yields remaining stagnant over the same period. Since 2004, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods have proved successful for reducing pesticide use and protecting human health and the environment. This project aims to establish 50 Natural Enemies Field Reservoirs (NEFRs) to tackle crop pests directly and train over 31,500 farmers and extension staff on implementing IPM technologies in Sindh province.
Start: 21/01/19 -End: 21/01/21
Cotton is Pakistan’s largest industrial sector. In total though, the industry is losing around 10-15% through poor traditional practices. Using the Better Cotton Standard System, we are encouraging farmers to implement Better Cotton production principles and criteria, Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) by providing participatory training to 22,024 small, medium and large-sized farmers and their 38,000 farm workers in ‘Learning Groups’ and medium farmer’s fields.
Start: 01/04/17 -End: 31/03/18