BSc (Hons) in Agriculture (Entomology); MSc (Hons) in Agricultural Entomology; PhD in Entomology
I have more than eight years of research and developmental experience and have contributed 21 scientific publications in the field of agriculture. My recent experiences include working with the government at the federal and provincial level, the US Department of Agriculture, USAID and key agriculture associations in Pakistan.
I have been trained in project management and implementation through “CABI Future Leader Program – Pembroke College, University of Oxford, UK” and “Strategic Account Management – Malaysia”. Currently, I managed the “Aflatoxin Control in Pakistan” project which aimed to introduce biocontrol technology for aflatoxin mitigation in Pakistan, acting as a pioneer project in South Asia.
In recent years, I have been involved in the management and delivery of projects related to biological control for pests of commercial interests, food safety, sanitary and phytosanitary system (SPS) compliance, post-harvest handling and supply chain development for the provision of safe and healthy food.
As a professional, I have taken up a challenge to promote sustainable farming in the agriculture sector with the conservation of natural ecosystems through biocontrol techniques, which will bring improved food access, sustainable income and social benefits for the agro-food chain.
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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