Monday, February 26, 2024

UN FAO Unveils 40 Transformative Projects to Revolutionize Agriculture in Pakistan

Introduction:


The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has embarked on a groundbreaking mission in Pakistan, unveiling a robust portfolio comprising 40 diverse projects strategically spread across the nation. These initiatives, varying in scope, financial parameters, and target audiences, underscore the FAO’s dedicated commitment to fortify Pakistan’s agriculture and enhance food security.

Exclusive Insights from FAO Representatives:


In an exclusive panel interview with the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP), Country Representative Florence Rolle and Assistant FAOR (Programs) Dr. Aamer Irshad shed light on the proactive role of the FAO in numerous initiatives aimed at strengthening Pakistan’s agriculture and food security sectors.

Diverse Initiatives for Agricultural Transformation:


The FAO’s initiatives cover a broad spectrum, including enhancing agricultural productivity and sustainability, supporting livestock and fisheries development, and implementing food security programs to alleviate hunger and malnutrition.

2023–2027 Priorities:


Rolle outlined the FAO’s priorities for 2023–2027 in Pakistan, focusing on enhancing food availability, strengthening climate-responsive planning, and improving agricultural value chains. These priorities encompass nutrition policy, climate frameworks, support for enterprises, disease control, and women’s empowerment in agriculture.

Thorough Consultative Process:


Project selection is based on a thorough consultative process, aligning with the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) 2023–2027. The FAO’s Country Programming Framework (CPF) for 2023–2027 involves consultations with relevant ministries, departments, academia, UN agencies, and resource partners at both federal and provincial levels.

Beyond Traditional Support:


The FAO’s involvement extends beyond traditional agricultural support, actively engaging in sustainable natural resource management, providing humanitarian assistance during emergencies, and collaborating closely with the Pakistani government on policy development.

Monitoring and Evaluation:


Rolle emphasized the FAO’s commitment to accountability, highlighting the presence of a robust monitoring and evaluation system with units in Islamabad and across provinces. This system plays a pivotal role in shaping program effectiveness based on lessons learned.

Utilizing Modern Scientific Tools:


Dr. Aamer Irshad discussed the efficiency and accuracy of modern scientific tools, particularly satellite technology, in evaluating crop damage. Rolle acknowledged challenges in assessing areas adjacent to large riverine regions and reiterated the FAO’s advantage in utilizing satellite technology in such scenarios.

Collaboration with Governments and Stakeholders:


As a UN agency, the FAO collaborates closely with governments worldwide, operating primarily in partnership with government entities at federal and provincial levels. The organization also engages with academic institutions, research organizations, and NGOs, employing a versatile approach tailored to the specific context and needs of each project.

Empowering Youth in Agriculture:


Rolle emphasized the crucial role of youth in driving economic growth in agriculture. She highlighted the need to attract educated youth to the sector, noting its evolution toward precision farming, digital technologies, satellite monitoring, and research-based practices. Dr. Aamer Irshad emphasized the necessity of modernizing the sector to make it more appealing to the younger generation.

Challenges and Proposed Solutions:


Despite agriculture contributing significantly to the country’s economy, challenges persist, particularly for smallholder farmers. Rolle proposed a comprehensive plan involving specialized education, financial incentives, rural infrastructure improvement, awareness campaigns, and technology adoption to make agriculture more attractive to educated youth.

Contributions to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):


In a broader perspective, Rolle highlighted the FAO’s contributions to all Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly those closely related to six key sub-sectors within agriculture: zero hunger, water resources, fisheries, climate change mitigation, livestock management, gender, and food losses.

Conclusion:


As the FAO continues to spearhead initiatives in Pakistan, its comprehensive approach aims at transforming the agricultural landscape and contributing significantly to the achievement of the SDGs. The organization’s unwavering commitment to collaboration, innovation, and youth empowerment signifies a bold step towards revolutionizing agriculture in Pakistan.

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