Areas of support:
- Support to food and nutrition security policy
- Support to Pakistan new growth strategy through sustainable agricultural economic growth
- Disaster risk reduction and emergency response including natural resource management
- Capacity development for agriculture sector under devolution
Support to food and nutrition security policy: Support includes reducing household food insecurity and malnutrition in rural and urban areas; enhancing productive safety nets and support to the Pakistan Integrated Nutrition Strategy; and implementing the FAO Disaster Risk Management/Disaster Risk Reduction Programme targeting post-emergency acute food insecurity and promoting agricultural livelihood early recovery in areas affected by floods, earthquake and displacement.
Support to Pakistan new growth strategy through sustainable agricultural economic growth: FAO supports provincial agricultural investment projects and programmes linking small farmers to markets; raising productivity of crops, livestock, fisheries, aquaculture and forestry through sustainable intensified production using ecosystem services to reduce fossil fuel dependence; promoting productive and decent rural employment through value addition and market linkages; facilitating more “Food for Cities” actions; and encouraging public/private partnerships to strengthen value chains.
Disaster risk reduction and emergency response including natural resource management: We support vulnerable rural populations to adapt to fragile ecosystems, climate change, man-made and natural disasters; we collaborate with international, national and provincial partners to improve their capacity to monitor and assess national emergencies and trans-boundary pest and disease outbreaks; and we design and implement programmes to assist vulnerable rural populations impacted by such events.
Capacity development for agriculture sector under devolution: Support includes collection of gender and age disaggregated data to create reliable databases and information systems to provide a solid basis for policy making on food security; enhanced capacity for policy making on relevant regulatory and legal issues such as land tenure, water governance, food safety and seed certification; adaptation of international standards and agreements into national systems; strengthening food safety and quality control and management systems; and support to the federal and provincial Governments to strengthen post-devolution policies and institutions.
Mr. Patrick T. Evans FAO Representative Pakistan
Before coming to Pakistan, Mr. Patrick Evans, a US national, served in Sri Lanka for five years as the FAO Representative for Sri Lanka and the Maldives. In 1981 he moved to Paraguay as a Peace Corps Volunteer where he worked until 1984. In 1988, he joined FAO in Nepal, working on community forestry development programme for the Terai region. Mr. Evans also worked in community based development in Jamaica (1992-1996), Tonga, Bhutan and Cambodia from (1997-2004). In 2005 he was awarded FAO’s prestigious B.R. Sen Award as the outstanding field staff member of the year. Subsequent assignments took him to East Timor and Mongolia.
Mr. Evans earned a B.S. from Pennsylvania State University, after which he undertook forestry research in Australia and United States. While pursuing his M.S. in International Forestry at the University of Idaho, he worked with USAID on land use planning both in the US and India.