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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.

About

CABI’s centre in Pakistan was established in 1957, and coordinates CABI activities in Central and Western Asia. This is a region where small-scale farming is widespread, employing a large percentage of the population in many areas. Agriculture contributes heavily towards the GDP of countries in Central and West Asia, and is highly important to the development of the region.

The centre works to help farmers in the region increase yields, improve the quality of crops and access markets, in a sustainable, environmentally-sensitive way. Access to knowledge, and farmer involvement and participation are key to the centre’s work. The centre pioneered the Farmer Field School approach and has delivered training on subjects including good agricultural practice (GAP), sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures, integrated pest and crop management, and business and marketing skills.

The centre’s horticultural expertise helps local smallholder farmers improve their production and profitability by providing them with access to better quality seeds, and encouraging farmers to adopt good, sustainable soil and production practices. Integrated crop management is encouraged, including managing agricultural pests and diseases through safe biological means. Regional plant clinics give farmers the information they need to lose less of their crops to pests and diseases.

The centre also helps farmers overcome barriers to getting their crops to market. Post-disaster agricultural support is provided by the centre. Individuals and groups are encouraged to plan for, and thus minimise the impact of such disasters.

The centre works with a large number of donors and organizations in order to facilitate its work, including national and regional governments, private sector bodies, foundations, NGOs, and other experts in the field. Looking to the future the centre will focus on the delivery of agricultural knowledge, using plant clinics and innovative ICT methods to reach greater numbers of farmers and give them the knowledge to make positive choices and decisions about the way they farm.

Contact us

Babar Bajwa

Senior Regional Director, Asia

CABI, Opposite 1-A, Data Gunj Baksh Road, Satellite Town, Rawalpindi, Pakistan

T: +92 (0) 51 9292063

E: b.bajwa@cabi.org

CABI - Pakistan

CABI, Opposite 1-A, Data Gunj Baksh Road, Satellite Town, PO Box 8, Rawalpindi, Pakistan

T: +92 51 929 2062, +92 51 843 4979

Centre staff

Shakeel Ahmad

Coordinator, Development Communication and Extension (DCE)

Abdul Rehman

Deputy Director Programme

Ejaz Ahmed

Field Assistant

Khalid Rashid

Associate Research Officer

Muzammil Farooq

Project Manager

Yasar Saleem

Provincial Team Manager

Rehan Riaz

Research Officer – Vegetable Value Chains

Muhammad Naeem Aslam

Country Coordinator Plantwise, Pakistan

Kauser Khan

Agricultural Economist

Muhammad Asif

Project Manager

Kazam Ali

Biocontrol Research Officer

Fazl Ullah

Farmer Trainer

CABI Blog

‘Sowing the seeds’ of better potato production in the Punjab

20th December 2022
Invasive Blog

Can beneficial insects control parthenium weed in Pakistan to safeguard crops?

6th December 2022
CABI Blog

“Through the gender lens, invisible women farmers can finally be seen”

11th November 2022
Invasive Blog

ADB Story highlights fight against desert locusts

26th October 2022

Documents

CABI News Bulletin Asia - Issue 7

July - September 2022

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CABI News Bulletin Asia - Issue 5 & 6

January - June 2022

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CABI News Bulletin Asia - Issue 4

September - December 2021

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CABI News Bulletin Asia - Issue 2 & 3

April - August 2021

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CABI News Bulletin Asia - Issue 1

January - March 2021

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Project impacts - Evidence from CABI's on-the-ground interventions in Pakistan

This report summarizes the key impacts and activities of our projects which were published as news and blogs on the CABI website (CABI.org) in 2020

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Related projects

CABI Project
Aflatoxin control in Pakistan

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