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This paper critically examines the legislative and institutional framework that governs seed provision in Pakistan, underscoring the need for policy reform in key areas of variety release procedures, intellectual property rights and quality control. The paper also systematically documents the current state of seed provision for various major and minor crops.
Irrigation is central to Pakistan’s agriculture; and managing the country’s canal, ground, and surface water resources in a more efficient, equitable, and sustainable way will be crucial to meeting agricultural production challenges, including increasing agricultural productivity and adapting to climate change. The water component of the International Food Policy Research Institute’s Pakistan Strategy Support Program (PSSP) is working to address these topics through high-quality research and policy engagement.
Despite rapid economic growth in South Asia, its rates of child undernutrition remain the highest in the world, with nearly half of children stunted or underweight. Progress to reduce these rates is extremely slow. Ironically, most people in the region make their living from farming, which researchers say, offers great potential for improving nutrition.
The marketing of farm inputs and outputs has become a major problem for farmers in Pakistan. Farm input supplies are irregular, characterized by shortages and high prices at critical times. This report reviews the input and output policies for cereals implemented in Pakistan during the period 1996–2010. Pakistan has a long and varied history of intervening in farm input and output markets, going back decades before the period under review. Most significantly, in the wake of economic reforms launched during the 1980s, it has withdrawn from most of the commodity markets except wheat.
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IFPRI’s new flagship publication, the Global Food Policy Report, presents a broad picture of 2011’s major food policy issues and areas that require future attention. Based on rigorous research, it is designed specifically for policymakers, NGOs, development implementers, and other non-technical audiences.
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