USAID-funded project improves income of 16,000 households


Staff Reporter

Islamabad—The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) held a joint function here on completion of a $32 million, USAID-funded Balochistan Agriculture Project that was implemented by the FAO. The project encompassed agricultural development activities in eight districts of Balochistan and FATA. Speaking on this occasion, USAID Pakistan Mission Director John Groarke hailed the government for cooperation in making the project a success in improving livelihoods of the people in the project areas. Through this project, USAID established 826 community organizations, improving incomes of 16,000 households. The project helped communities and individual farmers increase the production, sale, and revenues from crops and livestock. The farmers learned about new approaches for farming, better breeds of livestock, better seeds, and more efficient water management techniques.