$90M USAID agribusiness project in Pakistan under way

By Jenny Lei Ravelo 04 January 2012

 

A new project by the United States Agency for International Developmentand the Agribusiness Support Fund — a locally registered development organization in Pakistan — aims to boost the country’s agricultural sector.

 

The Agribusiness Project worth $90 million is expected to increase the competitiveness and productivity of the country’s horticulture and livestock subsectors, which generate the largest share of revenues worldwide.

 

The project, which will span five years, will help improve productivity and product quality through technical assistance programs meant for 62,500 farmers and 2,500 agribusiness stakeholders, and create 1.3 million jobs. It will also leverage $320 million by the private sector through cost-sharing support to 45,000 Farmer Enterprise Group members, 100 associations and cooperatives, 250 individual and corporate farmers, 40 extension providers, 140 small and medium enterprises, and eight companies.

 

 

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About the author

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Jenny Lei Ravelo@JennyLeiRavelo

Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex senior reporter based in Manila. Since 2011, she has covered a wide range of development and humanitarian aid issues, from leadership and policy changes at DfID to the logistical and security impediments faced by international and local aid responders in disaster-prone and conflict-affected countries in Africa and Asia. Her interests include global health and the analysis of aid challenges and trends in sub-Saharan Africa.


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