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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.


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 is 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 phyto-sanitary (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


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

Muhammad Asif

Project Manager

Babar Bajwa

Senior Regional Director, Asia

Muhammad Naeem Aslam

Country Coordinator Plantwise, Pakistan

Saqib Ali

Communication Assistant

Khalid Rashid

Associate Research Officer

Umair Safdar

Development Communication Executive and Project Manager

Muhammad Imran

Project Development Officer (PDO)

Abdul Rehman

Deputy Director Programme

Rehan Riaz

Research Officer – Vegetable Value Chains

Muhammad Danish

Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator – Asia

Daud Hussain Anjum

Farmer Trainer

Noor Nabi Bhutto

Project Region Coordinator


Onion farmers embrace value chain approach and ‘best practice’ interventions in rural Sindh

2nd September 2022

Boosting socio-economic gender equity for smallholder potato farmers in Pakistan

31st August 2022

Vegetable project in Pakistan build capacity of agriculture extension staff on value chain approach in Punjab and Sindh

15th August 2022

Women and youth play key role in nutritional aspects of Pakistan’s potato value chain

11th August 2022


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 ( in 2020

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Related projects

CABI Project
Improving Pakistan’s food value chains through certification and quality assurance

Despite sufficient availability of natural resources, in Khyber Pakhtunkwa, Pakistan, constraints are faced throughout the value chain. Growth opportunities provided by domestic and global agriculture markets can therefore not be met. The aim of this project is to help create stronger food value chains in Pakistan by introducing certification facilities, improved market linkages, and a move towards more innovative, technology-based agriculture that makes better use of the natural resources.

Start:22/07/19 -End:21/06/20