In November 2014, the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) conducted two seminars to promote sharing of knowledge and networking among national partners. The first seminar took place on 27 November on the occasion of ‘Pakistan-ICIMOD Day’ and focused on pro-mountain policies and legislation. The second event on 10 November was about the impact of climate change on agriculture in Pakistan and its implications for food security.
Discussion on pro-mountain policies and legislation on Pakistan-ICIMOD Day
The seminar was organized in collaboration with the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and the Ministry of National Food Security and Research (MNFSR). Apart from knowledge-sharing and learning, the event aimed to mobilize support for sustainable development challenges and regional cooperation in the Hindu-Kush Himalayan region.
“The Hindu Kush-Himalayan region of Pakistan is one of the world’s hotspots for global warming. Vulnerable mountain communities are managing their living with great limitations,” said Mr. Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan, Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research in his welcome statement. Acknowledging the excellent work by ICIMOD with national partners in Pakistan, Mr Khan assured of the country’s maximum possible support to mountain people.
The occasion also saw the launch of two books titled ‘Understanding the Transboundary Karakoram Pamir Landscape’ and ‘Towards a Framework for Achieving Food Security in Mountains of Pakistan’. The meeting envisioned strengthening the collaboration between ICIMOD and Pakistan for implementation of the medium-term Action Plan to address sustainable development challenges in the Hindu-Kush Himalayan region. The event helped strengthen the partnership and promoted new linkages between ICIMOD and national institutions in keeping with national priorities.
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Mr. Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan, Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research addresing the participants
at Pakistan-ICIMOD Day on Pro-Mountain Policies and Legislation at NARC
Learning about the impact of climate change on agriculture in Pakistan and its implications for food security
Pakistan is facing major risks related to climate change including rising sea levels, glacial retreats, floods, higher average temperature and higher frequency of droughts. “Climate change is a serious issue in the region,” stated Dr. Amir Muhammed, Founding Chairman, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) while speaking as chief guest during the ‘Seminar on the impact of climate change on agriculture in Pakistan: Implications for Food Security’.
Dr. Muhammed urged the agricultural scientists, environmental experts and policymakers to develop a comprehensive economic policy in the agriculture sector. Rapid changes in the sector are happening at the international and national level with direct and indirect implication on local communities. Many factors such as economic crisis, trade distortions, shifting cultivations, natural resource degradation and technological advances are affecting agricultural productivity and wellbeing of the rural communities. Coordinated efforts are therefore needed to tackle the issues of climate change at grass-root levels.
The seminar was jointly organized by Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) and Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) with the support of International Development Research Centre (IDRC).
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