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n Inclusive economic growth is a priority in the new round of collaborative research between Australia and
Pakistan---the Agriculture Value Chain Collaborative Research (AVCCR) program.
n The new program is shaping agriculture to become a leading engine to lift the population out of poverty.
Chain Collaborative Research (AVCCR) program,
created by ASLP, which draws heavily on the
relationships between the Pakistani and Australian
Governments, scientists, and farmers.
In common with its predecessor, AVCCR is a
program geared towards development in the
livestock, agriculture and horticulture sectors, but
it is setting out on a new track, with increased
emphasis on promoting social equity and
empowerment of women.
The AVCCR Program has been planned to
run for five years from 1 October 2015 until 30
September 2020, with total Australian funding
of $10.5 million. Of that, $9 million is from the
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
and $1.5 million from ACIAR.
The AVCCR program is concentrated on the
Sindh and Punjab provinces. These adjoining
provinces were selected as having the largest
populations of poor and food-insecure rural
households. In addition, they have the public
and academic capacity to collaborate in research
programs, as well as a level of security that allows
effective participation of both Pakistani and
Australian research personnel.
The overall goal of AVCCR is that rural poor,
particularly women, living in the Punjab and
Sindh significantly and equitably benefit from
improvements in strategic value chains. This goal
is to be achieved through four objectives:
n quality research
n acceptability for smallholder adoption
n acceptability for private-sector engagement
n institutional capacity for R&D or
Extensive consultation was undertaken in the
design of the program to identify value chains
where new knowledge can assist in stimulating
inclusive growth and alleviating poverty. That
included two team missions that visited Islamabad,
Faisalabad, Lahore and Karachi in 2015 and were led
by ACIAR with representation from DFAT.
The mission teams met with potential
stakeholders including federal and provincial
government ministers and departmental
secretaries, the Pakistan Agricultural Research
Council, private-sector groups, university research
bodies, donors, and representatives of the
agricultural value-chain programs of other donors.
Twenty-two agriculture value chains were
identified for potential investment, assessed
and ranked against agreed criteria.
The prioritised list was then presented to
stakeholders to assess their confidence in the
rankings, to identify gaps, and to discuss specific
value-chain characteristics. Based on these
discussions, the design team selected the following
six value chains for further consideration:
n goat meat
A new Australian investment is getting under way in Pakistan that
brings together the findings, impacts and aspirations garnered over
a decade of cross-sector, multi-disciplinary and collaborative
OF THE FUTURE
BY DR RICHARD BRETTELL
ASLP implementation manager
W ith the majority of Pakistan's
population living in rural
areas---and almost half of
Pakistan's labour force employed
in agriculture---great opportunities for poverty
alleviation arise from innovation in rural industries
and natural resource management.
Australia and Pakistan have sought out
opportunities for mutual benefits through
investment in agricultural production systems
and supply chains during the life of the now-
completed Australia--Pakistan Agriculture Sector
Linkages Program (ASLP), launched in 2006.
ASLP targeted priority areas in agricultural
industries already important to Pakistan's
economy, such as the dairy and horticulture
sectors. It had more than 27 partners in the public,
academic and private sectors working on three
synergistic components that focused on pro-poor
value chains, agricultural capability, and enabling
It was a program that delivered positive
impacts, including how to better help Pakistani
smallholder farmers alleviate poverty.
Now, those learnings are being integrated
into a new strategy called the Agriculture Value
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