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.

Ms. Minà Dowlatchahi, FAO Representative Pakistan

Ms. Mina Dowlatchahi

Ms Dowlatchahi, a national of Italy, holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from University La Sapienza, Rome, Italy, and a post‐graduate Certificate in Intermediate Microeconomics from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, University of London, UK. Ms Dowlatchahi started her career in 1987 as a Research Associate in the Faculty of Economics, Department of Agriculture Economics, University La Sapienza, Rome, Italy. She can speak English, French, Spanish and Italian.

From 1988 to 1992, she worked as an Economist and Project Manager in the private research institute Society for Applied Mathematics and Economics (SOMEA) on research and development projects in Italy and Sub‐Saharan Africa working with the CILSS (Comité inter‐ État de lutte contre la sécheresse au Sahel). In 1992, she joined the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) as Associate Economic Affairs Officer in the International Trade and Commodities Division, Geneva, Switzerland.

Ms Dowlatchahi joined FAO in 2000 as Programme Planning and Budget Officer in the Office of Programme, Budget and Evaluation (PBE) and was promoted to Senior Strategy, Planning and Budget Officer in 2003. In 2010, she was appointed Chief, Unit for Field Programme and Results based Monitoring in the Technical Cooperation Department (TCD). She served as Deputy Director, Office of Strategy, Planning and Resources Management (OSP) from July 2013 to April 2017. She is appointed as FAO Representative to Pakistan since May, 2017.