PRINCE-II; New Managers Development Program; PhD- Postharvest technology; MSc (Hons), Food Technology; BSc (Hons), Agriculture
I am a postharvest technologist and good agricultural practices expert. I am the Regional Director for Central and West Asia where I have a number of ongoing projects and programmes. I also perform financial and performance management of the organisation, and deliver performance as per various bilateral and multilateral donor commitments.
I have around 20 years of professional experience. This includes, intensive experience as an agribusiness specialist while extensive and diversified experience in areas of food safety, SPS, post-harvest, agribusiness, supply chain development, trade and investment promotion. I have also worked for developing agricultural markets through trade promotions and bilateral negotiations. My recent experiences include working with federal and provincial governments of various countries, the World Bank, UKAID, ACIAR, GIZ, USDA and USAID. Throughout my career I have made collaborations with various implementing partners in order to mobilise resources.
I have extensive experience of in partnership development at bilateral and multilateral levels for the promotion of horticultural commodities in Pakistan, Afghanistan, UAE, Russian Federation, Iran, China, Philippines, Singapore, Australia and USA. Similarly, I possess vast experience in promoting public-private partnerships to tap poultry, dairy and food processing investments in Pakistan. During the last few years, I have developed and implemented more than 17 partnership programmes worth 50+Million US Dollars.
As a professional, I have taken up the challenge to promote sustainable farming in the agriculture sector which will bring improved food access, sustainable income and social benefits for the agro-food chain. I also have more than 20 scientific publications in peer reviewed journals.
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.
Small scale vegetable farmers in Pakistan encounter a number of issues that compromise their sustainable livelihoods; particularly for women and youth. Through the project, an alliance of selected organisations is aiming to improve the livelihoods of rural communities in Sindh and Punjab through strengthening selected horticultural value chains, and promoting sustainable production and marketing opportunities.
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 agricultural pests that cause huge problems. We will also lessen the impact of post-harvest pests and aflatoxins, and improve the capacity of plant health regulators to certify exports of agricultural commodities.
Start: 01/09/14 -End: 31/08/19