PRINCE-II New Managers Development Program; PhD Postharvest technology; MSc (Hons) Food Technology; BSc (Hons) Agriculture
I work as the Senior Regional Director, Asia for CABI. I collaborate and build partnerships with Member Country governments, scientific research organizations, agricultural development organizations and development cooperation agencies, including development banks, which lead to the delivery of our organizational mission ‘Improving people’s lives by applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment.’ My objective is to work with Member Country governments to enhance cooperation and build better sustainable systems.
I am a post-harvest technologist and good agricultural practices expert with more than 20 years of professional experience. This includes intensive experience as an agribusiness specialist and extensive and diversified experience in food safety, Sanitary and Phytosanitary Systems, post-harvest, agribusiness, supply chain development, trade and investment promotion.
I also have experience developing agricultural markets through trade promotions and bilateral negotiations. Recent experience includes working with federal and provincial governments of various countries such as the World Bank, UKAID, ACIAR, ADB, RVO, GIZ, USDA and USAID.
I have extensive experience developing partnerships, at bilateral and multilateral levels, to promote horticultural commodities in Pakistan, UAE, Russia, Iran, China, Philippines, Singapore, Australia and the USA. Similarly, I possess vast experience in promoting public-private partnerships which help to direct poultry, dairy and food processing investments in Pakistan.
I have developed and implemented more than 17 partnership programmes worth over $50 million USD and have more than 20 scientific publications in peer reviewed journals.
CABI’s centre in Pakistan coordinates our activities in Central and Western Asia. Small-scale farming here is widespread, employing a large percentage of the population in many areas. Agriculture contributes heavily towards the region’s economy and its development.
Small scale vegetable farmers in Pakistan encounter a number of issues that compromise their sustainable livelihoods; particularly for women and youth. Through the project, an alliance of selected organisations is aiming to improve the livelihoods of rural communities in Sindh and Punjab through strengthening selected horticultural value chains, and promoting sustainable production and marketing opportunities.
Start: 16/02/18 -End: 31/12/22
Tackling agricultural pests in Pakistan in a safe and sustainable way will save crop losses and benefit Pakistan’s exports. We are strengthening the capacity of Pakistan’s systems to implement biocontrol programmes for agricultural pests that cause huge problems. We will also lessen the impact of post-harvest pests and aflatoxins, and improve the capacity of plant health regulators to certify exports of agricultural commodities.
Start: 01/09/14 -End: 31/08/19
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