Australia announces new agricultural projects in Pakistan to improve livelihood of rural communities
ACIAR has launched several new projects in Pakistan.
Australia has announced new agricultural projects in Pakistan that will uplift people from the perils of poverty and improve the livelihood of the rural community. The Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research (ACIAR) Professor Andrew Campbell, made the announcement during his recent visit to Pakistan.
ACIAR is an Australian agency which specialises in research and development in the agricultural sector. It is currently pursuing 13 projects in Pakistan.
A statement issued by the Australian High Commission in Islamabad stated that ACIAR’s agricultural and development projects hold great significance because they are a key component of Australia’s engagement with Pakistan’.
“As a leading agricultural exporter, with world-class expertise in agricultural research, we see great scope to cooperate in building Pakistan’s agricultural capacity,” Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan Dr Geoffrey Shaw said.
Shaw added that with Australia’s world-class expertise in research, Pakistan’s capacity will increase. He further added that these projects will transform the lives of farmers.
Following new initiatives have been introduced by ACIAR:
- Starting a new research project to deepen understanding of rural transformation in China, Indonesia, Myanmar and Pakistan whose results will inform policymaking.
- Initiating a new project aimed at developing competitive and socially inclusive value chains for the development of pulses production in Pakistan.
- Starting a 10-year long programme for salinity management and building capacity of stakeholders.
- Projects to improve the lives of farmers and coastal communities.
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