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Opening Pakistan's fruit and vegetable produce to global market

Summary

CABI and partners have implemented an online SPS training programme in Pakistan to teach people how to model an agricultural import-export system and a ‚ÄėGo to Market‚Äô tool kit to analyse the performance of food value chains. The CABI team has also helped national partners survey crop pests and rear and release natural enemies of pests, like insects, to help control infestations and ensure farmers have safe food to eat and trade. The project has already helped improve papaya production by 22%, leading to a 15% increase in the income of papaya farmers in Pakistan‚Äôs southeast province of Sindh.

The story

Funded by USAID via the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the project has already helped improve papaya production by 22% and led to a 15% increase in the income of papaya farmers in Pakistan’s southeast province of Sindh.

¬†CABI and partners have implemented an online SPS training programme in Pakistan to teach people how to model an agricultural import-export system, while the ‚ÄėGo to Market‚Äô tool kit is being used to analyse the performance of food value chains. This ensures the production of high quality fruit and vegetables and increases production per acre, making food more available for trade with global markets.

¬†The CABI team has also helped national partners survey crop pests and rear and release natural enemies of pests, like insects, to help control infestations. Called ‚Äėbiocontrol agents‚Äô, these natural enemies reduce the spread of pests and, because they provide an alternative management tactic to toxic chemicals and pesticides, ensure farmers have safe food to eat and to trade.

 So far, the team has established six laboratories for mass-rearing natural enemies, developed 14 technologies to tackle pests of concern, and released 40 million biocontrol agents to control the spread of pests like papaya mealybug, fruit flies, apple codling moth, and spider mites.

 Muhammed Sohail Mazhar, CABI’s project manager in Pakistan, says:

‚ÄúBiocontrol is a sustainable way of tackling pests on a wide scale. In total, we have trained 4,035 farmers and 1,031 technical experts on biocontrol and SPS compliance.‚ÄĚ

 Future work will include developing links with markets. This will ensure Pakistan’s trading system is streamlined to integrate with international markets, improving opportunities to export produce and increasing the livelihoods of the country’s many smallholder farmers.

Sustainable Development Goals


Decent work and economic growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Responsible Consumption and Production

Helping grow more from less land by introducing higher-yielding and environmentally responsible food production techniques.

Related projects

Phytosanitary Risk Management Programme in Pakistan

Tackling agricultural pests in Pakistan in a safe and sustainable way will save crop losses and benefit Pakistan’s exports. We are strengthening the capacity of Pakistan’s systems to implement biocontrol programmes for agricultural pests that cause huge problems. We will also lessen the impact of post-harvest pests and aflatoxins, and improve the capacity of plant health regulators to certify exports of agricultural commodities.

Start: 01/09/2014 End: 31/08/2019