To celebrate the phase-II conclusion, an event was held to showcase the program’s achievement and introduce future plans. The event was held in Serena Hotel, Islamabad. Key attendees included the Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan, H.E. Mrs Margaret Adamson and the Federal Minister of National Food Security and Research, Mr Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan. There were also many dignitaries from Government, embassies and the private sector who attended this event.
ASLP has three synergistic components that focus on pro-poor value chains, agricultural capability and enabling agricultural policy. ASLP has had over 27 active partners including the public sector, universities and private-commercial operations in Pakistan.
|Left to right: Munawar Kazmi, Dr Peter Horne, Dr Richard Brettell, David McGill. Source: Fariza Kamran|
|Left to right: Fariza Kamran (ACIAR), Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan (Federal Minister-MNFSR), Mahroo Arshad (PRO-MNFSR). Source: Ministry for National Food Security and Research|
Australian High Commissioner H.E. Margaret Adamson shed light on Australia’s strategy by talking about key areas of interest in Pakistan such as poverty alleviation, water resource management, fisheries, agricultural best practice, market system development, governance and technology up-scaling. She highlighted that 72% of working women are associated with agriculture, which is why Australia is strongly focused on engagement of women in economic development.
All government dignitaries were pleased with the outcomes of ASLP, and commended not just the outcomes, but the way the program was run. The program has created strong ties between Pakistan-Australian Governments, scientists and farmers/growers of both countries. These collaborations have led to the successful completion of ASLP.
By Fariza Kamran, ACIAR Pakistan Office
Further information about ASLP can be read on the ACIAR website: http://aciar.gov.au/aslp
Local media of the event can be read online:
- ASLP Phase-II to help alleviate poverty, improve farmers’ condition: Bosan (Business Recorder, 13 October 2015): http://www.brecorder.com/pakistan/politics-a-policy/257061-aslp-phase-ii-to-help-alleviate-poverty-improve-farmers-condition-bosan.html
- Bosan lauds Australian Govt for improving agriculture sector (Daily Times, 14 October 2015): http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/business/14-Oct-2015/alsp-phase-ii-bosan-lauds-australian-govt-for-improving-agriculture-sector
- Food minister lauds Australian contribution to agri sector (The News 14 October 2015): http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-3-345489-Food-minister-lauds-Australian-contribution-to-agri-sector
- ASLP Phase-II to help alleviate poverty, improve farmers condition (Nation, 14 October 2015): http://nation.com.pk/business/14-Oct-2015/aslp-phase-ii-to-help-alleviate-poverty-improve-farmers-condition