New agricultural research projects have been announced by Australia in Pakistan. The aim of these projects is to improve the livelihoods of rural communities.
During a visit by Professor Andrew Campbell, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research (ACIAR) this announcement was made. ACIAR is a government agency that specializes in agricultural research for development. Presently it supports 13 projects in Pakistan.
Australian High Commission in Islamabad, High Commissioner to Pakistan Dr. Geoffrey Shaw issued a statement and said that the work of ACIAR in the agriculture sector is an important component of Australia’s engagement with Pakistan.
Shaw said, “As a leading agricultural exporter, with world-class expertise in agricultural research, we see great scope to cooperate in building Pakistan’s agricultural capacity.”
The new initiatives include a 10-year program for salinity management to develop adaptive capacity of stakeholders and improve the livelihoods of farming and coastal communities, a research project to better understand rural transformation in China, Indonesia, Myanmar, and Pakistan along with a project whose goal is to develop competitive socially inclusive value chains for the growth of pulses production in Pakistan.
Campbell said, “ACIAR projects can change the lives of farmers across Pakistan,” Campbell said. “We look forward to developing our long-term partnership with Pakistan for research and development that will improve the productivity and resilience of agriculture in Pakistan.”
In another article, we informed our readers that Australia is ending all bilateral aid to Pakistan. This includes support for successful programs including helping poor women, girls. The funds for the development assistance will be shifted to the Pacific.