FAO in Pakistan

Project list

FAO implements a wide range of development and emergency assistance projects in Pakistan. Projects are funded by organization’s own funds, bilateral and multilateral aid agencies, and governments including the Government of Pakistan. Below is the list of currently implemented projects grouped by the type of funding.

Feasibility Study and Piloting of Farming of new Shrimp/ Prawn and Fish species in Punjab and Sindh Provinces

 

Fisheries resources offer opportunities for sustainable development and exploitation of various varieties of edible fish in the process generating both employment opportunities and economic benefits, largely for rural communities. The country's fisheries sector is comparatively small. It contributes only 0.8 percent to overall Gross Domestic Product (GDP), 3.7 percent to Agriculture GDP and less than 1 percent to national employment. Aquaculture is an important fisheries sub-sector that has substantial potential to significantly contribute to food security, poverty reduction, employment creation and reduction of pressure on capture fisheries resources. The Government of Pakistan has recognized the importance of the fisheries and aquaculture sector and is supporting the sector for import substitution and production of exportable surplus. Recently, the Government has launched a comprehensive 309 billion rupee “Agriculture Emergency Programme”, under which three of its thirteen development projects would be executed in fisheries which include projects on incubating shrimp farming, cage culture for fish species and trout culture in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

In an effort to support the government, this project seeks to conduct a feasibility study identifying new shrimp/prawn and fish culture species in Punjab and Sindh provinces with good aquaculture practices. Site selection and zonation mapping would be covered under the feasibility which is critical for promoting aquaculture in Pakistan.Duration: August 2019 to December 2020


Resource Partner(s): Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations (FAO), Pakistan

 

Budget: USD 195,000


Implementing Partner(s): Ministry of National Food Security & Research through the Fisheries Development Board (FDB), Islamabad


Alignment to SDGs


Alignment to FAO Strategic Objectives
 
Two model demonstration units will be setup for new shrimp and fish species with best management aquaculture practice and financial feasibility to motivate the private sector for investment in this sector.

Restoration of Livelihoods in FATA (Phase II)

 

This three-year initiative, with the financial assistance of the Government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), is helping returnee families resume agricultural production and restart normal economic activities, reduce poverty and economic inequalities through sustainable agriculture development in the two selected tribal districts – Kurram and Khyber of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The project focuses on improving agricultural productivity through innovative farming practices, technologies and value addition in agriculture through the establishment of value chain and functional markets. The project also aims to achieve adoption of climate smart and resilient agriculture; dissemination and adoption of practices for increasing livestock, poultry and inland fisheries production. With the decade long abandonment of land, the project is introducing water harvesting methods and rehabilitation of irrigation structures. An innovative approach of development and implementation of Integrated Natural Resource Management (INRM) in both districts is being adopted. The project is developing agricultural and livestock value chains by establishing a linkage between farmers and market.

Duration: April 2018 – March 2021


Resource Partner(s): Japan International Cooperation Agency-JICA


Budget: USD 4.9m


Implementing Partner(s): FAO


Beneficiaries (approximate number):32 651 Households


Alignment to SDGs



Alignment to FAO Strategic Objectives:

 

  1. Help eliminate hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition
  2. Make agriculture, forestry and fisheries more productive and sustainable
  3. Reduce rural poverty
  4. Enable inclusive and efficient agricultural and food systems

Restoration of Livelihoods in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Tribal Districts

 

The tribal districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province have a predominantly agrarian economy, based primarily on arable agriculture, livestock, fisheries and forestry. FAO, with partner agencies, has provided agriculture/livestock related support to the Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs) who have returned to their homes, engaging them in market oriented and commercial agriculture to help stabilize the area.


The project is assisting about 42 000 households in four selected tribal districts designated as high priority areas for Food Security, and Health and Protection – the target districts include Kurram, Orakzai, North Waziristan and South Waziristan of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The project focuses on providing holistic support to the families returning to the area. This approach covers a significant range of sustainable development activities including introduction of climate smart resilient practices and technologies in return areas; value chain development, water management, Integrated Natural Resource Management and capacity development. Through this project, the agricultural productivity of the region will be improved through climate resilient practices and developing value chains by linking farmers with the local and national markets. 

Duration: November 2018 - April 2020


Resource Partner(s): DFID


Budget: USD 13.38m


Implementing Partner(s): FAO, UNICEF, UNWOMEN


Beneficiaries (approximate number): 42,000 HHs


Alignment to SDGs


Alignment to FAO Strategic Objectives:

  1. Help eliminate hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition
  2. Make agriculture, forestry and fisheries more productive and sustainable
  3. Reduce rural poverty
  4. Enable inclusive and efficient agricultural and food systems 

Technical support for designing Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (ANR) related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) programmes/plans

The project will contribute to the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition in Pakistan.
A brief analysis of the 17 global SDGs and their targets reveals that seven SDGs are entirely related to the generic thematic areas of agriculture and natural resources management (ANR). To address this vital subject, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in Pakistan initiated the support to the Government of Pakistan in designing a road map for ANR SDGs process.

Duration:  1 year (May 2019- April 2020)


Resource Partner(s): TCP, FAO


Budget: USD 50,000


Implementing Partner: Ministry of National Food Security & Research, Government of Pakistan

 

Alignment to SDGs


Alignment to FAO Strategic Objectives:
The TCP project is fully aligned with the Sustainable Development Framework for Pakistan, the Vision 2025, 12th Five Year Plan 2018-23 and the FAO’s Country Programming Framework and following Strategic Objectives (SOs).


SO1- Help eliminate hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition
SO2 - Make agriculture, forestry and fisheries more productive and sustainable;
SO3 - Reduce rural poverty;
SO4 - Enable inclusive and efficient agricultural and food systems


Restoring Subsistence and Commercial Agriculture in FATA

 

The tribal districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, previously known as FATA, are one of the most underdeveloped regions of Pakistan. The vast majority of the population resides in rural areas, and livelihoods are based on subsistence level agriculture and livestock. Due to the security insurgencies, thousands of people became Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs) for decades who have now returned to their region. FAO is assisting in revitalizing the livelihoods of the returning TDPs through various interventions. The project aims to significantly contribute to the stabilization of the region by reducing poverty and economic inequalities through:

 

  • Resumption of food production and restoration and improvement of agriculture-based livelihoods in target areas;
  • Restoration or establishment of market structures and services; and,
  • Capacity development of the communities and partners, an integral component of the project.


The project  addresses both the short-term recovery and rehabilitation needs of those who have remained in the area as well as those returning or who have recently returned, and focusing on the long-term agricultural development needs of the target communities. The project will result in: increased availability of land, water, seeds, and other quality inputs; improved quality and exchange of agricultural knowledge; and, the introduction of technologies leading to greater agricultural production.

Duration: July 2017 – June 2020


Resource Partner(s): USAID


Budget: USD 10 Million


Implementing Partner(s): FAO


Beneficiaries (approximate number): 42,763 HH (316,446 individuals)


Alignment to SDGs

 

Alignment to FAO Strategic Objectives:

  1. Help eliminate hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition.
  2. Make agriculture, forestry and fisheries more productive and sustainable.
  3. Reduce rural poverty.
  4. Enable inclusive and efficient agricultural and food systems.

Support in Implementing the Agriculture and Livestock Policies in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

 

Support in Implementing the Agriculture and Livestock Policies in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa project focuses on strengthening planning capacities in the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) to develop needs-based Action Plans and Implementation Strategies for Agriculture and Livestock policies.

The project is supporting key staff in the Departments of KP Livestock and Dairy Development and Agriculture Extension to strengthen their policy planning skills. These enhanced capacities will support the process to develop and revise comprehensive and effective Action Plans leading to successful policy implementation. These policies aim to benefit the farming communities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by improving food security and nutrition and increasing their income.

Project Profile

Resource Partner: FAO


Budget: USD 50,000


Duration: May/June 2019 – 2020


Beneficiaries: KP Agriculture Department and Livestock Department, KP farming community


Implementing Partners: KP Agriculture and Livestock Departments


Geographic Coverage: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province

Government Counterparts: KP Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperative Department


Relevant SDGs

Support to develop a National Policy and Implementation Plan for Fisheries & Aquaculture sector

 

Pakistan is endowed with fishery and aquatic resources that have significant potential to make a bigger contribution to economic growth and social development. At present, fisheries contribute modestly to the national and local economy. The underlying potential of Pakistan’s fisheries and aquatic resources is not reflected in current production, growth, and value. The sector has much more to offer in terms of boosting export revenues, creating decent jobs, supporting livelihoods in coastal communities, improving domestic nutrition and food security, and closing Pakistan’s significant economic gender inequality. The Government of Pakistan recognizes these opportunities and has signaled its desire to increase the contribution of the fishery sector towards these goals. The development of fisheries sector is a key priority within the country’s Poverty Reduction Strategy as well. Recently, the Government has launched a comprehensive 309 billion rupee “Agriculture Emergency Program”, under which three of its thirteen development projects would be executed in fisheries which include projects on incubating shrimp farming, cage culture for fish species and trout culture in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.


In order to strengthen the implementation of these development projects, there is an urgent need to conduct a holistic sectoral analysis of the fisheries and aquaculture sector in Pakistan to identify the missing gaps and constraints hindering the sector and opportunities for its development. Building on this premise, the Government of Pakistan intends to conduct a sectoral analysis of the fisheries and aquaculture sector of the country and to frame a National Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy, Strategy and Action Plan with the assistance of FAO, to create an enabling environment for speedy development and promotion of fisheries sector on a sustained basis.

Duration: August 2019 to July 2020


Resource Partner: Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations (FAO), Pakistan   


Budget: USD 68,000


Implementing Partner: Fisheries Development Board, Ministry of National Food Security & Research, Islamabad


Alignment to SDGs

 

Alignment to FAO Strategic Objectives:

  1. To prepare draft National Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy, Strategy and Action Plan
  2. To review the existing federal and provincial fisheries legislations and propose revision/ updating to incorporate the international fisheries instrument’s obligations.

 

FAO’s Technical Assistance to the UK/DFID-funded “Building Disaster Resilience in Pakistan” Programme

 

The United Kingdom Department for International Development (UK/DFID) – funded “Building Disaster Resilience in Pakistan (BDRP)” Programme aims to increase Pakistan’s capability to reduce disaster risk though better planning, preparedness and response at the government and community levels. BDRP works through two main delivery areas: (a) Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM); and (b) Strengthening disaster management bodies at the federal, provincial, district and community levels in line with the Government of Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Plan (2012-2022) while contributing towards the achievement of the overall goal and outcome of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

(a) Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM); and (b) Strengthening disaster management bodies at the federal, provincial, district and community levels in line with the Government of Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Plan (2012-2022) while contributing towards the achievement of the overall goal and outcome of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Duration:  September 2018- August 2020


Resource Partner(s):  UK-DFID


Budget:  USD 3,901,170 (GBP 3,000,000)


Implementing Partner(s):  FAO, UNDP and WFP


Beneficiaries (approximate number):  5, 400 beneficiaries


Alignment to SDGs



Alignment to FAO Strategic Objectives:
SO2 - Make Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries more Productive and Sustainable
SO5 - Increase the resilience of livelihoods to threats and crises


Multi-Year Humanitarian Program (MYHP)

 

In view of the constraints faced by vulnerable communities in the aftermath of localized and large-scale disasters, the Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations (FAO), together with development partners, launched a five-year program under the umbrella of the Natural Disasters Consortium (NDC), set up under Pillar 1 of the Department for International Development (DFID)-funded Multi-Year Humanitarian Program (MYHP) in Pakistan.

Since the establishment of the consortium, FAO continues to deliver a wide range of food security focused inclusive, coherent and good-value preparedness, response and recovery support to vulnerable communities across Pakistan. Local capacities built, life-saving needs have been provided and community-based recovery structures are strengthened. FAO’s objective is to contribute to enhancing resilience-building measures across the disaster affected/disaster prone areas.
Additionally, while adhering to its strict mandate, the FAO (under NDC) established initiatives which feature innovative, resilient and inclusive solutions for underprivileged farmers; thereby, supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Pakistan.

Duration: Five years (2015 - 2020)

Resource Partner(s): Department for International Development (DFID)

Budget: USD 6,703,725


Implementing Partner(s):

  • Agha Khan Rural Support Program
  • Relevant Government Line Departments 


Alignment to SDGs:




Alignment to FAO Strategic Objectives:
MYHP has been designed and implemented in alignment with strategic objective 5 (SO-5) of globally agreed FAO’ objectives. Therefore, project contributed to the increased resilience and preparedness by reducing the risks to the food and agricultural systems of local communities.

The Australia Balochistan Agri Business program (AusABBA II)

 

The Australia Balochistan Agri Business program (AusABBA II) is financed by The Australian Government and implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in collaboration with the Government of Balochistan. The program covers 6 districts of South West Balochistan, near the Afghan/Iranian border, Chaghai, Kech, Kharan, Nushki, Panjgur and Washuk districts.


AusABBA is helping households engaged in agriculture in South Western Balochistan to adopt sustainable, profitable and diversified strategies in an enabling environment to increase their incomes, food security and nutritional status. AusABBA II trains male and female farmers and strengthens their supply chains and livelihoods and connects farmers with markets for Balochistan specific commodities such as onions, fruit trees, goat and sheep meat, seed, wool and dates.


AusABBA II targets (organized) male and female subsistence and commercial farmers and mothers and young children in the Districts, but also input suppliers, traders and middlemen.

Duration: 6 years (2017 – 2023)


Resource Partner(s): Australian Government (DFAT)


Budget: USD16.9 million


Implementing Partner(s): Government of Balochistan Livestock and Dairy Development Department, GoB Department of Agriculture and Cooperatives and GoB Planning and Development Department.


Beneficiaries (approximate number):
5,000 farmers and their households (total 6 Districts, 1st 3 years only)


Alignment to SDGs:



Alignment to FAO Strategic Objectives:
SO 2 - Increase and improve provision of goods and services from Agriculture, forestry and fisheries in a sustainable manner 
SO 4 - Enable inclusive and efficient agricultural and food systems 

The Alternative Livelihood Option Project explores potential alternative livelihoods options in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by engaging the communities to develop agricultural value chains by increasing capacities of value chain actors, service providers, and prom

 

The project identifies alternative high value crops which will contribute to increasing livelihood opportunities and economic growth for the Tribal and Torghar Districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.


ALOP is introducing viable fruit, vegetable and flower production options, develop linkages to markets and promote value addition. The beneficiaries are selected based on baseline assessment/GIS mapping and in collaboration with the provincial secretariat and district administration. The key areas of influence will be diversification into high value crops, increased productivity, reduced post-harvest losses, value addition, improved marketing and diversification of markets, Farmer Marketing Collectives (FMCs) and Farm Business Schools (FBSs). Women Enterprise Groups (WEGs) will be organized to help build strong market linkages.

The project aims to contribute to improved and increased access to on-farm and off-farm livelihood opportunities, identify and introduce alternative high value crops in Bajaur, Khyber and Mohmand Districts and in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Tor Ghar District) in order to substitute poppy cultivation.

Duration: December 2018 -  July 2020


Resource Partner(s): U.S. Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL)


Budget: USD 793 000


Implementing Partner(s): FAO


Beneficiaries (approximate number):
1023 ( 900 producers, 53 market intermediaries, 20 women processors, 50 Government staff and facilitators)


Alignment to SDGs:




Alignment to FAO Strategic Objectives:

  1. Make agriculture, forestry and fisheries more productive and sustainable
  2. Reduce rural poverty
  3. Enable inclusive and efficient agricultural and food systems

The Horticultural Advancement Activity (THAzA)

 

THAzA increases access to on-farm and off-farm income opportunities, leading to sustainable economic growth.  As an agribusiness investment venture it enhances competitiveness along stone and pome fruits, grapes, vegetable, and potato value chains, from production clear up to markets.  It works along select Districts of the highlands of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, and across a vast stretch of the Province of Balochistan.

THAzA addresses critical issues within these value chains such as high post-harvest losses, low profitability, low levels of value addition, and disregard of quality standards and thus inability to meet corporate buyers’ requirements.  It also augments capacities of agriculture extension and business advisory services. THAzA particularly focuses on improving technical skills, advancing innovative technologies, and improving agricultural production practices through building skills of all value chain actors.

Duration: 5 years (July 20018 – June 2023)


Resource Partner(s): USAID


Budget: USD 16.2 million


Implementing Partner(s):  Private sector, government agencies, academic community


Beneficiaries (approximate number):  22,126


Alignment to SDGs:

 

Alignment to FAO Strategic Objectives:
SO 4 - Enable more inclusive and efficient agricultural and food systems