Agricultural and Natural Resource Issues and Policy Reform

Tuesday, April 14, 2015  | Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Inaugural Session:  Addressing Needs for Sustained and Rapid Agriculture Sector Growth in Pakistan

Welcome Address: Prof. Steve Davies, Program Leader, PSSP

Distinguished Panel:  

  • Dr. Shenggen Fan, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute
  • Mr. Richard Olson,  United States Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
  • Mr. Sikandar Bosan, Federal Minister of National Food Security and Research
  • Prof. Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister of Planning Development and Reforms
  • His Excellency Mr. Mamnoon Hussain, President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Session I:  The Role of Agriculture in Pakistan’s Growth and Rural Development: A Discussion
Chairperson: Mr. Sikandar Bosan, Federal Minister, Ministry of National Food Security and Research

Moderator: Dr. David Spielman, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI, Washington DC

Distinguished Debate Panel:

  • Dr. Hafiz Pasha, Managing Director, Institute for Policy Reforms (PPT)
  • Prof. John Mellor, President, John Mellor Associates, Washington DC

Session II:  Agriculture and Economic Development in Pakistan: Using Evidence to Craft Strategies for Reform
Chairperson: Mr. Sikandar Bosan, Federal Minister, Ministry of National Food Security and Research

Moderator: Dr. Akmal Hussain, Distinguished Professor, Forman Christian College University (FCCU)

Distinguished Panel of Presenters:

  • The Role of the Small Commercial Farmer in Growth and Development– Prof. John Mellor, President, John Mellor Associates, Inc. (PPT)
  • Putting the Constraints to Agriculture Growth within the Poverty Reduction Agenda for Pakistan – Dr. Sohail J. Malik, Chairman, Innovative Development Strategies (Pvt) Ltd. (PPT)
  • Policy Reform for Increasing Agricultural Productivity led Inclusive Growth in Pakistan - Dr. Madhur Gautam, Lead Economist, World Bank
  • Agriculture Productivity Growth and Rural Welfare – Insights from Economy-wide Analysis – Dr. Paul Dorosh, Director – DSG, IFPRI (PPT)

Session III:  Using Resilience for Food Security, Growth and Poverty Reduction
Chairperson: Mr. Seerat Asghar Jaura, Federal Secretary, Ministry of National Food Security and Research 

Moderator: Dr. Sohail J. Malik, Chairman, Innovative Development Strategies (Pvt) Ltd.

Distinguished Panel of Presenters:

  • International Perspective: What have we learnt from IFPRI’s international initiative? - Dr. Shenggen Fan, Director General, IFPRI (PPT)
  • Civil Society: Putting the Community in the Center - Mr. Shoaib Sultan Khan, Chairman, Rural Support Network of Pakistan (PPT)
  • Macroeconomic Resilience- Mr. Sakib Sherani, Chief Executive, Macro Economic Insights and Former Principal Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance (PPT)
  • Science and Resilience - Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad, Chairman, Pakistan Agriculture Research Council

Session IV:  Implications of Devolution for the Agriculture Sector

Chairperson: Mr. Wasim Sajjad, Former Chairman Senate and Former Acting President of Pakistan

Moderator: Mr. Daniyal Aziz, Member National Assembly and Adviser GINI

Presentation: Dr. Nuzhat Ahmad, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI (PPT)

Distinguished Panel of Discussants:

  • Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad, Chairman, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council
  • Mr. Muhammad Humayun Khan, Provincial Secretary, Department of Agriculture, KPK
  • Mr. Rashid Mehmood, Provincial Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Punjab
  • Mr. Hidayatullah Chhajro, Director General, Agriculture Extension, Sindh
  • Dr. Aamer Irshad, Chief Food and Agriculture, Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms (PPT)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Session V:  The Human Dimension of Pakistan’s Economic Growth:  Poverty, Resilience and Inclusivity
Chairperson: Ms. Marvi Memon, Minister of State and Chairperson, Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP)

Moderator: Mr. Rizwan Bashir, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms

Key Presentations:

  • Food Consumption Patterns and Nutrition – Dr. Sohail J. Malik, Chairman, IDS (PPT)
  • Access to Public Services, Dr. Madiha Afzal, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland (PPT)
  • Gender Empowerment, Dr. Nuzhat Ahmad, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI (PPT)

Special Comments:

  • Dr. Sania Nishtar, CEO, Heartfile
  • Mr. David Fournier, Head of Aid, Canadian High Commission
  • Mr. Sakib Sherani, Chief Executive, Macro Economic Insights

Session VI: Actionable Policy Reforms

Chairperson: Dr. Shujat Ali, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Finance

Moderator: Dr. Javed Ashraf, Vice Chancellor, Quaid-i-Azam University

Key Presentations:

  • Review of Fertilizer Sector Policies and Reform Status, Dr. Mubarik Ali, Senior Research Fellow, PSSP (PPT)
  • Taxes and Subsidies on the Agricultural Sector – Prof. Steve Davies, Program Leader, PSSP (PPT)
  • Wheat Prices, Procurement and Stocks: Options for Reducing the Cost of Price Stabilization – Dr. Paul Dorosh, Director DSG, IFPRI (PPT)

Special Comments: Dr. Abid Suleri, Executive Director, Sustainable Development Policy Institute

Session VII:  Agricultural Science and Innovation

Chairperson: Dr. Kauser Abdulla Malik, Dean of Post Graduate Studies, Forman Christian College University

Key Presentations: 

  • Some Examples from Pakistani Agriculture – Dr. Shaukat Hameed Khan, Coordinator General, OIC Standing Committee on Science and Technology (PPT)
  • Current Activities of the Agricultural Innovation Program - Dr. Muhammad Imtiaz, Chief of Party, Agricultural Innovations Program (PPT)
  • The Role of Private Sector in Promoting Agriculture Innovations in Pakistan – Mr. Jawed Salim Qureshi, Chairman, Four Brothers (PPT)
  •  Insights into Agricultural Innovation: Global Evidence and Lessons for Pakistan– Dr. David Spielman, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI (PPT)

Closing Session: Strategic Prioritization of Policy Research Needs

Chairperson: Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs

Moderator: Mr. Hassan Nawaz Tarar, Federal Secretary, Planning Commission

  • Summary of Conference Proceedings: Prof. Steve Davies, PSSP
  • Ms. Nancy Estes, Senior Deputy Mission Director, USAID
  • Dr. Shakeel Ahmad Khan, Ministry of National Food Security and Research
  • Dr. Aamer Irshad, Chief of Food and Agriculture, Planning Commission