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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

Ejaz Ahmed

Field Assistant

Kauser Khan

Agricultural Economist

Kazam Ali

Biocontrol Research Officer

Shakeel Ahmad

Coordinator, Development Communication and Extension (DCE)

Yasar Saleem

Provincial Team Manager

Abdul Rehman

Deputy Director Programme

Sabyan Faris Honey

Project Manager

Syed Azeem Hayder Shah Naqvi

Research Officer (Marketing)

Rehan Riaz

Research Officer – Vegetable Value Chains

Riaz Mahmood

Sr Biological Control Specialist

Hafiz Mahmood Rehman

Research Officer/Leader in the Potato Value Chain

Muzammil Farooq

Project Manager


Using compost to grow better cotton in Pakistan: a farmer's story

13th June 2022

Better livelihoods sought for smallholder onion farmers

9th June 2022

CABI contributes to infographic revealing impacts of COVID-19 on farm households in Pakistan

25th May 2022

Dutch ambassador to Pakistan receives update on country’s potato capacity building project

23rd May 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
Promoting sustainable organic cotton production and supply in Pakistan

Certified organic cotton production contributes to less than 1% of global cotton cultivation. This is because access to organic cotton seed is so difficult. In Pakistan, the lack of policies, availability of non-Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) seed and weak links with input suppliers and supply chains makes organic cotton farming demotivating and uninteresting for famers. This project will create a conducive ecosystem for organic cotton and contribute to the long-term availability of non-GM cotton seed and organic inputs for farmers with a self-sustaining approach.

Start:01/09/19 -End:31/08/20