Highlights of recent IFPRI food policy research in Pakistan

PSSPIn the wake of the food crises of the early 1970s and the resulting World Food Conference of 1974, a group of innovators realized that food security depended on more than just making yield-enhancing technologies available to farmers. These pioneers discovered that it was also essential to ensure that public policies and investments provided the enabling environment for a more productive and innovative agricultural sector and rural economy. The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) was founded in 1975, in response to these needs, providing evidence-based policy options to end poverty, hunger, and malnutrition.

IFPRI has engaged with Pakistan on these topics since the mid-1980s, including through a series of studies on agricultural productivity, agricultural markets, and water resource management in the country, carried out from 1986 to 1994. Prompted by a request for technical support from the Pakistani government’s Planning Commission, IFPRI launched the Pakistan Strategy Support Program (PSSP) in 2011, a country-led and country-wide policy analysis and capacity strengthening program, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Since 2012, the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets, led by IFPRI, has provided additional funding to the PSSP.

This brochure presents some of the highlights of IFPRI’s research, which has impacted Pakistani policies related to food rations and storage, energy subsidies, water management, poverty reduction, and other areas over the past 30 years.

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