PhD in “World economy and international economic relations”; MSc in Agricultural Economics; Prince 2
My current work assignments at CABI include working as a Master Trainer in two projects: Aflatoxin Control in Pakistan and Capacity Building for Improved Potato Production in Punjab, Pakistan.
In past projects at CABI, I have been responsible for stakeholders engagement in Pakistan in the Action on Invasives Programme and I played a key role in the development and testing of CABI South Asia’s (SA) Quality Assurance Protocol which evaluates establishment, organization, management and implementation of Farmer Field Schools (FFS), using a range of quantitative and qualitative criteria.
As Quality Assurance Specialist at CABI SA, my role is to ensure the quality of contents, processes and activities to enhance learning and capacity building of farmers through Training of Facilitators (ToF) and FFS approaches. Specific tasks include baseline surveys (knowledge and skills assessment of farmers), training expert master trainers in quality assurance and on-job coaching of expert master trainers.
From August 2004 to January 2006, before joining CABI SA, I led the Project for Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Cotton and Wheat Crops in District Khanewal under the Punjab Rural Support Programme (PRSP).
I have worked with a wide range of stakeholders, including farmers, agricultural extensionists, local and national government officials, private sector representatives and donors. I have practical knowledge of providing training in different languages (including Russian and English) and have worked in many countries in the region.
As an experienced FFS facilitator, I have practical knowledge of creating a learning environment using language and visual methods. My expertise in communication methods is complemented by CABI’s wealth of experience from other parts of the world in preparing training materials for FFS, for example, on IPM of winter wheat production in Kyrgyzstan.
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.
Aflatoxins are a group of toxins produced by certain fungi – Aspergillus flavus – found in crops such as maize and groundnuts. These aflatoxins are toxic and can cause serious health problems for humans and livestock. They can also cause problems within the food chain because they contaminate crops, cause food safety, nutrition and security issues and consequently affect a country’s ability to trade. Biological control is one way of sustainably handling aflatoxins in crops. In this project, CABI is working with USDA to test and register a native biocontrol product for Pakistan.
Start: 06/01/19 -End: 30/09/21
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