PhD in Tropical Agricultural Sciences (James Cook University, Cairns, Queensland, Australia); MSc (Hons) Agriculture (Post-harvest horticulture) (University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan)
I have been working for CABI since 2018 as a research officer on the “Strengthening vegetable value chains in Pakistan (SVVCP)” project.
In the SVVCP project, we are employing a value chain approach to solve research for development problems such as enhancing smallholder farmers’ income and gender inequality in the Pakistani horticulture industry.
I am leading the onion value chain team in Sindh province, Pakistan which is a multi-disciplinary team consisting of production, postharvest, marketing and social science experts from different public and private organizations in Pakistan. My key responsibilities include facilitating project partners to plan, execute, and collaborate effectively on the project activities.
I trained as a production horticulturist with a focus on value chain development and have a PhD degree in tropical agricultural sciences from James Cook University, Cairns, Australia, and an MSc degree in horticulture from University of Agriculture Faisalabad.
Previously, I have been involved in the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research and United Nations Industrial Development Organization funded projects related to value chain management and the development of codes of practices. During my Masters, I was involved in research related to supply chain and value chain management, post-harvest physiology and disease management of horticultural commodities such as mango and citrus. I have also been involved in research activities regarding mango pre and post-harvest disease management in collaboration with private enterprises such as Syngenta and Bayer CropScience in my Master’s research work.
My areas of interest include production and postharvest horticulture, fresh produce value chain development and management.
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.
Sectoral approaches to land management (increasing production, for instance) are no longer viable to meet global challenges such as poverty alleviation, biodiversity conservation and food production due to mounting pressures from population increases and climate change. Organic production, however, is a more profitable, sustainable and environmentally-friendly approach to agriculture that alleviates problems. This project will focus on integrated landscape approaches and will use CABI’s strong in-country partnerships to integrate agricultural policy change, strengthen market linkages and ultimately enable business model change for organic produce production in the Balochistan province of Pakistan.
Start: 02/08/21 -End: 31/07/24