PhD Tropical Agricultural Sciences (majoring in horticulture)
I have been working for CABI since April 2018 as a Research Associate within a project funded by the ACIAR (Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research) project entitled “Strengthening vegetable value chains in Pakistan for greater community livelihood benefits”. My responsibilities include the facilitation of project partners to ensure the smooth running of project activities.
Previously, I have been involved in The Australian National Mango Breeding Project during my PhD fieldwork (2014-17). I also volunteered in another project entitled “The Small Tree High Productivity Initiative” by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland. The project’s aim was to develop sufficient scientific understanding and management strategies that could be put together into a practical system and adopted by growers.
Furthermore, I have worked on ACIAR and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) projects related to supply chain management, development of codes of practices and horticultural export consignment preparation. During my masters, I was involved in research related to supply chain and value chain management, post-harvest physiology and disease management of horticultural commodities such as mango and citrus. I have also been involved in research activities regarding mango pre and post-harvest disease management in collaboration with private enterprises such as Syngenta and Bayer CropScience.
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.
Start: 16/02/18 -End: 31/12/21