July 2, 2015 Leave a comment
Contributed by Madeleine Kaufmann, CABI Switzerland, with information from CABI Pakistan.
Agriculture is the mainstay of Pakistan’s economy. It engages nearly half of the country’s workforce and accounts for over 20% of GDP. Together with agro-based products, agriculture contributes 80% of the country’s total export earnings.
But despite the economic importance of agriculture, many young people and women have little access to information that could help them improve their future farming careers and livelihoods. Each year, the number of young people and women choosing to farm for a living is going down. Left unchecked, this reduction in the farming workforce will affect the future of sustainable food production and, ultimately, food security in Pakistan.
Working directly with local communities, the CABI team has been working to enhance the skills of young people and women in particular, enabling them to get better jobs or generate income through self-employment. It develops capacity in kitchen gardening along with vocational skills. The project also focus on improving basic literacy and enterprise based skills. Also good links with local markets are created so that those in the training group can sell their produce and improve their livelihoods. Read more of this post