1.3m euro project to benefit 8,000 small farmers

Post Source: By Dawn Reporter – 20 Feb, 2010

ISLAMABAD, Feb 19: Enhancement in productive capacities and promotion of sustainable agricultural practices among 8,000 small-scale farmers in eight food-deficient districts of the country would be carried out under a project being financed by the European Economic Commission (EEC).

ActionAid, an NGO, will implement the project in Toba Tek Singh, Bahawalnagar, Taunsa Sharif in Punjab, Dadu, Nawabshah and Sanghar in Sindh, and Sibi and Mastung in Balochistan where the NGO would work in close cooperation with local organisation to reach out to the poorest of poor farmers and their families.

The 22-month project worth over 1.3 million euros would benefit 8,000 small-scale farmers and their families, farmers’ networks: Pakistan Kissan Ittehad (PKI) and Sustainable Agriculture Action Group (SAAG) as well as local government departments. The project will focus on promoting sustainable and bio-diverse agricultural practices, enhancing productive capacities and enabling direct access to markets for small scale farmers affected by food deficiency.

The project also aims to achieve increased productive and holding capacities of small-scale farmers (men and women) leading to increased income, improved quality of life and reduced levels of poverty among the target groups.

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