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Workshop on Climate-Smart Agriculture Policies

Islamabad (March 16, 2017). The Ministry of National Food Security and Research (MNFS&R) Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), World Bank, UKaid, CGIAR, CCAFS and International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) have jointly organized a workshop on Enabling Institutions and Policies for Climate-Smart Agriculture here on Thursday at a local hotel in Islamabad.

Addressing on the occasion Acting Chairman of Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) Dr. Nadeem Amjad said that climate change is no more a speculation; it is now a reality all around the world. No one can exactly predict as to how the future climate will be and what resultant consequences will be on all of us especially in the developing countries like Pakistan who’s one fifth of GDP depends on Agriculture Sector alone.

Acting Chairman PARC said that no other sector is more vulnerable to climate change than agriculture. Thus it is imperative to develop a climate-smart agriculture country profile in order to feed a growing Pakistan’s population in a sustainable and to adapt the suitable changes in agriculture sector. Pakistan with a population around 200 million is being represented by around 60% rural population that depends directly or indirectly on agriculture.

He said that it is a well-established fact that one of the biggest off-shoots of climate change is as to how to enhance food security. Food security of Pakistan is linked to sustainable agricultural production whereas agriculture sector is dependent on prevailing climate. Any short term and long term changes in climate can have serious consequences to our preparedness to feed our nation with high quality, affordable and accessible staple foods.

He said that Pakistan contributes very little in the green house gases (GHGs) emissions but is among the highest victims of adverse impacts of climate change. It is high time for global community to act for the resource-poorest, their agriculture, and livestock to save them from extreme weather events. He said that we believe that the investment in rural development enables small farmers to adapt to climate change and in turn increase food security. All countries including Pakistan are incorporating sustainable development and climate change perspective into the policies, objectives and action plans. Govt is committed to adapt agriculture in various ways by using state of the art climate-Smart technologies, through sustainable natural resource management, especially improved integrated water resource management and creating climate resilient communities.

He further said that we need to find ways to make agriculture resilient so that farmers can adapt to climate change and fluctuating markets. He said the workshop has laid an important foundation for strengthening the climate-Smart agricultural approaches in Pakistan. He said that working together we can make our country food secure on sustainable basis and can meet development goals of our country.

On this occasion Member Food Security and Climate Change, Planning Commission of Pakistan, Dr. Mubarik Ali, CIAT Project Leader Dr. Godefroy Grosjean, Senior Policy Advisor Dr. Shakeel Ahmad Khan and other national and international climate policy experts also shared their views and experience with the participants of the workshop to finalize the strategy.

Source: Pakistan Agriculture Reasearch Council

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