I have been working for CABI since April 2018 as a Research Associate on the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACAIR) funded project entitlted ‘Strengthening vegetabe value chains in Pakistan for greater community livelihood benefits.’ My responsibilities include the facilitation of project partners for the smooth running of project activities. Previously, I have been involved in USPAK-CAS and PARB funded projects focused on genomics study of indigenous mango germplasm and mango quick wilt disease.
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