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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.

About

CABI’s centre in Pakistan was established in 1957, and coordinates CABI activities in Central and Western Asia. This is a region where small-scale farming is widespread, employing a large percentage of the population in many areas. Agriculture contributes heavily towards the GDP of countries in Central and West Asia, and is highly important to the development of the region.

The centre works to help farmers in the region increase yields, improve the quality of crops and access markets, in a sustainable, environmentally-sensitive way.

Access to knowledge, and farmer involvement and participation is key to the centre’s work. The centre pioneered the Farmer Field School approach and has delivered training on subjects including good agricultural practice (GAP), sanitary and phyto-sanitary (SPS) measures, integrated pest and crop management, and business and marketing skills.

The centre’s horticultural expertise helps local smallholder farmers improve their production and profitability by providing them with access to better quality seeds, and encouraging farmers to adopt good, sustainable soil and production practices. Integrated crop management is encouraged, including managing agricultural pests and diseases through safe biological means. Regional plant clinics give farmers the information they need to lose less of their crops to pests and diseases. The centre also helps farmers overcome barriers to getting their crops to market.

Post-disaster agricultural support is provided by the centre.  Individuals and groups are encouraged to plan for, and thus minimise the impact of such disasters.

The centre works with a large number of donors and organizations in order to facilitate its work, including national and regional governments, private sector bodies, foundations, NGOs, and other experts in the field.

Looking to the future the centre will focus on the delivery of agricultural knowledge, using plant clinics and innovative ICT methods to reach greater numbers of farmers and give them the knowledge to make positive choices and decisions about the way they farm.

Contact us

Babar Bajwa

Regional Director - CABI Central and West Asia

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

T: +92 (0) 51 9292063

E: b.bajwa@cabi.org

CABI - Pakistan

CABI, Opposite 1-A, Data Gunj Baksh Road, Satellite Town, PO Box 8, Rawalpindi, Pakistan

T: +92 51 9292062, +92 51 8434979

Centre staff

Zeeshan Butt

Finance Coordinator

Zakria Faizi

SPS Country Coordinator

Daud Hussain Anjum

Farmer Trainer

Zohra Sultana

Research Officer - Marketing

Saqib Ali

Communication Assistant

Khalid Rasheed

Farmer Trainer

Muzammil Farooq

Project Manager

Rehan Riaz

Research Officer – Vegetable Value Chains

Riaz Mahmood

Sr Biological Control Specialist

Kauser Khan

Agricultural Economist

Hafiz Mahmood Rehman

Research Officer/Leader in the Potato Value Chain

Umair Safdar

Development Communication Executive and Project Manager

Documents

CABI News Bulletin Asia

Issue 1, Jan-Mar 2021. The latest news and updates from the CABI Asia-Pacific centres.

Download PDF Type: Document
CABI Pakistan Blog Report 2020

Project impacts: Evidence from CABI’s on-the-ground interventions in Pakistan

Download PDF Type: Report

Related projects

CABI Project
Aflatoxin control in Pakistan

Aflatoxins are a group of toxins produced by certain fungi – Aspergillus flavus – found in crops such as maize and groundnuts. These aflatoxins are toxic and can cause serious health problems for humans and livestock. They can also cause problems within the food chain because they contaminate crops, cause food safety, nutrition and security issues and consequently affect a country’s ability to trade. Biological control is one way of sustainably handling aflatoxins in crops. In this project, CABI is working with USDA to test and register a native biocontrol product for Pakistan.

Start:06/01/19 -End:30/09/21