The first meeting of the Advisory Council for the project “Saving Lives and Livelihoods by supporting Food Security, Small and Medium Enterprises and Universal Social Protection Mechanisms to cope with COVID-19 Impacts in Pakistan” was started by Dr. Moeed W. Yusuf, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Security & Strategic Policy Planning.
The project is a joint collaboration with the International Development Research Center (IDRC) and the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). It aims to support the Pak Govt amidst the COVID-19 pandemic in ensuring essential economic activity and safeguarding workers and smaller producers, the report said.
Dr. Moeed Yusuf said that the project can feed into real-time data at both national and provincial levels. This is essential to the security of food and economic prosperity. Both of these aspects are important by the government for national security.
The committee was informed by Dr. Abid Suleri, Executive Director SDPI through the multi-sectoral the thematic focus of the project. It explores food security, small to medium enterprises (SMEs), and social protection systems.
The important elements of the project were elaborated by Dr. Vaqar Ahmed, Joint Executive Director, SDPI. These elements are documenting evidence on the impact of COVID-19, input informing response evidence-based during the relief and recovery phases, and local research strengthening.