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Pakistan: Priority areas for investment in the agricultural sector

Pakistan has enormous potential in agriculture, yet in the past three decades most subsectors of agriculture have remained static or declined. A working paper entitled “Pakistan: Priority areas for investment in agriculture” has been published by FAO’s Investment Centre in collaboration with the World Bank, identifying key areas that require priority intervention within Pakistan’s agricultural sector. The four priority areas, which came out of the International Roundtable on Agriculture and Water Resources Management in Islamabad, are agriculture research and extension, rural finance, the seed sector, and water resources. Within the water resources sector great attention is being paid to participatory irrigation management and irrigation management transfer, drawing from case studies in six countries to analyze the best way to improve and maximize water resources, cost and sustainability by allowing water users to be actively involved in, and in some instances manage, irrigation systems.