On January 25, 2017, IFPRI will launch a new book on Pakistan's agricultural transformation in Washington, D.C. IFPRI's cutting-edge evaluations and capacity building activities have helped shape a policy research agenda for the country to achieve economic growth and poverty reduction.
For 30 years, IFPRI engaged with the government of Pakistan on public policies and investments towards a more productive and innovative agricultural sector and rural economy. More recently, prompted by a request for technical support from the Pakistani government’s Planning Commission, IFPRI launched the Pakistan Strategy Support Program (PSSP) in 2011, a country-led and country-wide policy analysis and capacity strengthening program, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). IFPRI’s cutting-edge research and policy work supports the government of Pakistan as it strives to ensure food and nutrition security, and encourage a thriving rural economy.
More information on IFPRI’s research that impacted Pakistani policies can be found in this brochure.
Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on Foreign Affairs, recalled IFPRI's partnership that championed evidence-based research and policy options to end poverty, hunger and malnutrition.
MOTIVATION Human capital is one of the most vital resources to achieve economic development and ensure food security. In the late 1980s in Pakistan, growth in the supply of educated workers was higher than the demand for them in urban areas, while at the same time, a marked increase of educated workers emerged in post-Green >> Read more
MOTIVATION Since the 1950s, agricultural credit (a type of loan that helps farmers to undertake new investments or adopt new technologies) has been a mainstay in helping farmers bridge the gap between income and expenditures. Agricultural credit has been a basic component of the Pakistan agricultural policy strategy to improve investments in the rural sector. >> Read more
"[There] was absolutely no need to continue the ration system to 1980s, and yet it continued. But for the IFPRI’s study, it may have continued even now." - Dr. Zafur Altaf, Secretary of Pakistan's Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Food Policy in the Dynamics of Global Agriculture, a documentary video by AGCOM International.
This program has contributed to pro-poor economic growth and enhanced food security through a strengthened national capacity for designing and implementing evidence-based policy reforms.