TANDO JAM: The FAO Resource Centre was inaugurated on Sunday at Sindh Agriculture University, Tando Jam, in collaboration with United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). It aims to promote the use of latest technology through the development of a strong relationship between farmer groups and research scholars.
FAO’s representative in Pakistan, Mina Dowlatchahi, said, “This centre will improve delivery to agriculture sector and help encourage combined investment and strategies for sustainable agriculture development in the province.”
To ensure food security and eradication of malnutrition, FAO is working to implement a land tenure system that can sustainably improve the equitable access to, and governance of, land and natural resources, allowing for improvements in agricultural production, food security and nutrition under the project ‘Improved Land Tenancy in Sindh Province (ILTS)’ with the financial assistance of the European Union in eight districts of Sindh.
Another project, to help small farmers in selected districts of Indus basin build resilience and adapt to climate change, has also been finalised which will directly benefit 1.5 million people in the area.
In addition, efforts are being made to reduce the risk of emergency in drought-like situations by improving resilience of crisis-affected communities through risk assessment, planning, mitigation, preparedness measures and emergency response. These initiatives are linked and integrated into the FAO programme in Sindh to provide a holistic service to the community.