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Building resilience to drought in Pakistan: Promoting Climate Smart Agriculture
Promoting Climate Smart Agriculture
©FAO/Rafique Waqas
29 June 2018 - Pakistan has the fourth highest rate of water use in the world. Its agricultural sector is the largest consumer of fresh water resources in the country. Rainfall has steadily declined over the past decades and international experts warn the country will approach “absolute scarcity” of water by 2025. In the village of Azeezabad in the country's eastern Punjab province, the farming communities are being hit hard. The impacts of climate change are further intensifying the problem. With the financial support from UK Aid, the Food and Agriculture Organization has introduced a range of initiatives to build resilient farming systems in affected areas of Punjab province.

The organisations hope the funding will not only help alleviate the pressures of water scarcity, but also promote women's participation in farming activities. Greg Delaney has more.
5min. 25sec.
Topic(s): Desertification, Environment/Natural resources, Hunger & food insecurity, Rural or agricultural development, Water & Irrigation
Produced by: Anais Hotin/Rafique Waqas/Sound:Eric Deleu
 
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