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Funded by the USAID, the U.S. Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Agriculture & Food Security (USCAS-AFS) is a five year Agribusiness Project, between the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad and the University of California at Davis.
The objectives of the program are:
•To strengthen the capacity in horticulture and livestock value chains to increase sales to domestic and foreign markets;
•To strengthen the capacity of smallholders and farmer enterprises to operate autonomously and effectively; and,
•To increase agriculture efficiency and productivity through adoption of new farming techniques and technological innovation among beneficiaries.
The project aims to address critical challenges for agriculture and food security in Pakistan
•Bioinformatics based strategies for crop and livestock improvement
•Development of transgenic germplasm with herbicide tolerance
•Gene editing for trait improvement and/or bio-fortification in crops
•Research and Development on barley from production to value addition
•Adoption of agriculture technologies/practices to reduce green-house gas emission and increase carbon sequestration/carbon credit earning in rice and livestock production.
•Management of recently emerged weeds under changing climate scenarios
•Integrated pest management of pink bollworm, rodents, wild boars, birds posing increasing economic threat to crops and eco-systems
•Residue management for improved soil and environmental health
•Development of small-scale planters and pruning machinery
•Development of liquid fertigation technologies for improving cost efficiency and production
•Development of harvesting and picking machinery for crops
•Identification of opportunities, challenges and approaches for improving agricultural exports via CPEC
•Food insecurity, diet diversity and consumption habits
Farm and enterprise productivity improved through technical assistance programs targeting 62,500 farmers and 2,500 agribusinesses.It leveraged investment of up to $320 million by the private sector through the provision of cost-sharing support to:
•45,000 Farmer Enterprise Group members
•100 associations and cooperatives
•250 individual and corporate farmers
•140 SMEs, and
•8 Lead companies
The project aims to generate employment for 1.3 million persons under the various project initiatives.