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Pakistan: A Roadmap for Developing Agrifood System

Pakistan intricate agrifood system, encompassing farming, harvesting, livestock, and processing, plays a pivotal role in national food security and economic growth. However, climate change, water scarcity, and soil degradation cast a long shadow over its potential.

Rising temperatures, erratic rainfall, and extreme weather events linked to climate change are battering Pakistan’s agriculture sector. Water scarcity, a chronic issue exacerbated by population growth, further threatens food production. Soil degradation, fueled by overuse of chemicals and deforestation, adds to the woes.

Despite these challenges, glimmers of hope emerge. Embracing climate-smart agriculture practices like drought-resistant crops and water-saving irrigation can help farmers adapt and improve yields. Investment in irrigation infrastructure and promotion of sustainable land management practices, like crop rotation and composting, are crucial steps towards a resilient future.

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Technology offers another avenue for progress. Drones for precision agriculture and mobile apps providing weather, market, and best practice information can empower farmers to make informed decisions and boost efficiency.

Collaboration between federal and provincial governments, development organizations, and local communities is vital to achieve SDG 2 targets related to food security. Knowledge sharing platforms and addressing social inequalities in accessing food and resources through gender equality and community participation are key aspects of this shared endeavor.

By tackling these challenges and seizing the opportunities, Pakistan can build a stronger, more sustainable agrifood system, ensuring food security for its people and driving future economic growth.

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