Asia / Climate Change / Environment / Pakistan / South Asia

Keep funding pots for climate change and development issues separate: both are needed–Potsdam scientist

Last month, the Ministry of Environment of Pakistan, in collaboration with One UN Joint Programme on Environment, based in Islamabad, which supports Pakistan in fulfilling its international obligations towards environmental treaties and agreements, organized an International Conference on Climate Change and Development, 21–22 October 2010, in Islamabad, Pakistan, to take stock of the unfolding effects of … Continue reading

Asia / Climate Change / Livelihoods / NRM / Pakistan / Water / WLE

Wealthy landowners part of the problem–not the solution–for Pakistan flood victims

‘Like millions of other farmers across Pakistan, Abdur Razzaq of district Kot Addu lost the majority of his crops and livestock to the floodwaters that swept through the country in August. He estimates his financial loss this year around $3,000 – a huge blow given the poverty in rural Pakistan. ‘But his problems are compounded … Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Animal Production / Asia / Pakistan / South Asia

Pakistan’s national livestock herds imperiled by flooding

Happy Herding, a picture taken by Benny Lin in Pakistan on 18 January 2010, a half year before the great floods came. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) says there is urgent need for animal feed in Pakistan to prevent further economic destruction in the aftermath of the disastrous flooding. ‘Millions … Continue reading

Livelihoods / Pakistan / South Asia

A lifetime’s work and livestock swept away in Pakistan

The flooding in Rajanpur, in Pakistan’s Punjab region, 14 August 2010. A man stranded with his remaining animals on a bit of unflooded ground waves for help (photo by Mudassir Ejaz Khan). An Op-Ed in today’s New York Times, written by Daniyal Mueenuddin, a Pakistani mango farmer and writer (author of the story collection ‘In Other … Continue reading

Pakistan / South Asia

UN launches broad appeal to aid Pakistan flood victims

In light of the continuing floods in Pakistan — which have caused widespread devastation and affected some 14 million people — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on donors to support a broad and potentially unprecedented aid campaign. UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs spokesman Maurizio Giuliano says that the number of people … Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Asia / Livestock / Livestock Systems / Pakistan / Pastoralism / South Asia

Pakistan: First-ever national rangeland policy on the cards

The long wait spanning more than 62 years for having the national rangeland policy is almost over. Alarmed by the rangelands and pastures’ degradation and adverse impacts of climate change on them coupled with growing loss of biodiversity, the Ministry of Environment has finally come up with a draft strategy to ensure sustainable development and … Continue reading

Animal Health / Asia / Disease Control / Livestock / Pakistan / South Asia / Vaccines

Pakistan accredits first veterinary disease diagnostic laboratory

The first-ever Veterinary Disease Diagnostic Testing Laboratory at the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS), Lahore has received “Certificate of Accreditation” from the Pakistan National Accreditation Council (PNAC), which has mutual recognition arrangements with the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC). The laboratory, established through the funding of … Continue reading

Asia / Dairying / Livestock / Markets / Pakistan / South Asia

Engro Foods launches Pakistan’s first Dairy Hub

Milk demand is growing by 15 per cent while supply has been increasing by only 3 to 4 per cent in the country. Managing Director Tetra Pak Pakistan, Azhar Ali Syed at the launching ceremony of the first Dairy Hub of Pakistan in Kassowal, district Sahiwal said Pakistan’s dairy sector is at an important crossroad. … Continue reading

Asia / Livestock / Pakistan / South Asia

Livestock sector significant in Pakistan

There are some sector experts who argue that it is due to the numerous, geographically dispersed and small-scale livestock producers who dominate the primary production side of the value chain that livestock productivity cannot realise its potential. The rural sector within the Pakistani economy remains vital due to the fact that it still employs a … Continue reading