Lok Sanjh promotes strategies for socially and environmentally sound agriculture through focused research, policy advice and advocacy. It promotes networking and linkages with a wide range of institutions and individuals through seminars, workshops and exchange visits.
Lok Sanjh has launched Better Cotton Initiative and is working with 12,500 farmers.
LAHORE: All-Pakistan Textile Mills Association (Aptma) is preparing a proposal for funding the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) from the Export Development Fund (EDF)...
By The Newspaper's Staff Reporter
Published Jun 25, 2014 06:27amLAHORE: All-Pakistan Textile Mills Association (Aptma) is preparing a proposal for funding the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) from the Export Development Fund (EDF).
Pakistan is a leading producer of BCI cotton as around 163,000 metric tonnes of cotton is grown and processed with BCI standards as of Dec 2013.
Aptma Punjab chapter acting chairman Syed Ali Ahsan said on Tuesday that sustainability-led initiative would help boost textile exports across the textile value chain from farm to fashion to foreign trade.
He said the BCI was aimed at promoting measurable improvements in key environmental and social impacts of cotton cultivation worldwide and Aptma has been among founder members of the BCI Steering Committee since last four years.
He said the farmers have reduced water use by 20 percent, pesticide use by 50pc and fertiliser application by 33pc after BCI. Similarly, farmers have also increased their overall net revenue by 35pc.
Published in Dawn, June 25, 2014
National Conference on "Building Communities : Cultivating Peace" June 18th
- 19th 2014
The world's population is projected to reach more than nine billion in 2050 with demand for food expected to increase by 60 per cent under business-as-usual assumptions. Competitions for land, water,...
National Conference on "Building Communities : Cultivating Peace"
June 18th - 19th 2014
The world's population is projected to reach more than nine billion in 2050 with demand for food expected to increase by 60 per cent under business-as-usual assumptions. Competitions for land, water, and food are believed could lead to greater poverty and hunger if not properly addressed and with potentially severe environmental impacts. Already, global food systems are being affected by extreme weather events, including historic droughts, which are leading to higher food prices and greater food insecurity. The negative impacts of global climate change on agriculture are only expected to get worse. Ensuring an expanding, stable and secure food supply capable of meeting the challenges of climate change requires more resilient crops and agricultural production systems than we currently possess in today's world. This is without a doubt the chief agricultural challenge of our time.
In Pakistan almost 70% or more of the population lives in rural areas. In that context, agricultural development of small farmers and landless people provides a livelihood for people allowing them the opportunity to stay in their communities. Increased unemployment coupled with high population growth and out migration of educated young people is among other several factors responsible for the increase in poverty, particularly for the small farmers and landless families. Deterioration of natural resources and falling farm incomes has further exacerbated the situation.
Therefore, there is a need to make some efforts to develop a wide range of strategies to achieve sustainable livelihood for marginalized and deprived rural families. It is important to engage the poor in making these strategies and to promote farmer's self-initiatives and involve community in the decision making process which directly affect their livelihood.
In light of this, we propose several solutions. In particular, we argue that the solutions for building global agricultural resilience will come only from expanding the innovation and adoption of next-generation crops and agricultural practices. We need new and improved crop varieties that use less water, deliver increased yields and improved nutrition, and have built-in means for repelling insect pests, resisting disease, and withstanding extreme heat, cold, rain and drought. This will need every existing tool in the box as well as the development of new ones.
Lok Sanjh is striving to bring South Asian communities together for enhancing people to people interactions and linkages in order to augment knowledge, experience sharing and to ensure sustainable livelihood. Ecological farming models that South Asian Network on Food, Ecology and Culture (SANFEC) has developed through its member organizations in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are being replicated in selected agro-ecological zones. These are used to showcase ecological farming technologies.
Lok Sanjh facilitates institutions and individuals in developing research priorities and in conducting research on the issues and problems relevant to communities particularly in the fields of biodiversity, indigenous knowledge, and ecological farming. It is dedicated to reduce poverty, hunger, improve human health/nutrition, and enhancing ecosystem resilience through agriculture development models.
In this context to dialouge on the issue and providing small farmers a sustainable livelihood for a stronger harmony and peace, a national conference "Building Communities - Cultivating Peace" has been planned on June 18th-19th , 2014 in Islamabad. This conference will engage senior researchers, the private sector, civil society, donors, development practioners and others committed to food and nutrition security to debate on the situation with following objectives;
a. Large scale mibilization of small farmers.
b. Experience sharing of all the stakeholders.
c. Pecifying the general frustation to minimize local conflicts.
This will help us all to see the bigger picture of what is needed to set priorities and make the best decisions to formulate policies and set up some doable models of sustainable agriculture.
The conference recommendations may help to alleviate poverty by enabling those on the lowest incomes to be part of social and economic networks and so increase their income and employment opportunities. Besides, how we can contribute to improve people's access to basic services like water and sanitation, energy and education by strengthening local organisations.
The farmers working with Lok Sanjh would be encouraged to showcase good examples and demonstrate alternative agricultural development technologies and models. The event may prove to be a powerful tool to mobilize the farming communities. Here farmers will be able to make some collective decisions and thus organize themselves accordingly for future strategies to cope with forthcoming threats.
Promoting gender equity and transparent public sector leadership will be at the heart of all this exercise to help build the stronger and peaceful rural communities.
The Lok Sanjh Foundation organized a stakeholder's meeting titled "Food Security in Changing Climate" at head office Islamabad chaired by Dr. Wasim-ul-Hassan ( Food Security Commissioner), the Ministry of National Food Security and Research, Islamabad.
The Lok Sanjh Foundation organized a stakeholder's meeting at head office Islamabad.The title of the meeting was "Food Security in Changing Climate". This meeting was chaired by Dr. Wasim-ul-Hassan ( Food Security Commissioner), the Ministry of National Food Security and Research, Islamabad.
In this meeting, representatives of Pakistan Agriculture Research Center (PARC), National Agriculture Research Center (NARC), Action Aid and C2D participated.
LSF Visits AJK University
LokSanjh Foundation - a leading non-governmental organization of Pakistan (pioneer in organic agriculture) and AJK University signed an MOU on February 11, 2013 in Muzafferabad to train university staff and grassroots level farmers in Azad Jammu and Kashmir...
Lok Sanjh Foundation - a leading non-governmental organization of Pakistan (pioneer in organic agriculture) and AJK University signed an MOU on February 11, 2013 in Muzafferabad to train university staff and grassroots level farmers in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
Delivering the speech about the MoU, Dr. Dilnawaz Gerdezi ( Vice Chancellor ) praised the agreement with Lok Sanjh as a "shining example of AJKU-NGO cooperation between the educational and social development. He said that "My University is committed to learning from Lok Sanjh's experiences in promoting the organic agriculture at its lands of AJK University Chella Bandi Campus. And these will transform the present campus into a GREEN Campus soon.
Mr. Farooq Khan, Deputy Executive Director of Lok Sanjh at this occasion said that “both the organization will benefit particularly students of the AJK University would intern in rural development organization like Lok Sanjh to learn how organic agriculture can help the AJK people toface up the socio-economic challenges with small scale agriculture.
Stakeholders' Meeting in Toba Tek Singh
The stake holders meeting was conducted on Climate change and food security in Toba take Singh office at dated 28-02-2013...
The stake holders meeting was conducted on Climate change and food security in Toba take Singh office at dated 28-02-2013.The meeting was start at 12:15 pm with recitation of Holy Quran. After the recitation of Quran, all participants were introduced in meeting. In this stakeholders meeting the following are the major persons who were participated.
Prof. Dr. Zia ur rehman principal from AUF TTS campus
Mr.Haji Rauf Hussain District food Controller officer
Muhammad Rashid President of Kisan Board
Sadaqat Srdar Area Coordinator from Caritas Pakistan
M Waseem from Pakistan Kisan Trust
M Usman from WWWF Pakistan
Muhammad Haneef President AlKhidmat Foundation
Muhammad Iqbal Doctor MBBS
Over all 28 Persons were participated in this meeting included farmer. They were all discussed on Climate change and food Security
Dialogue for Development
Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) invited Dr. Shahid Zia, Managing Director, Lok Sanjh Foundation, as a key note speaker...
Developing Manifesto for Democracy and Sustainable Development
Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) invited Dr. Shahid Zia, Managing Director, Lok Sanjh Foundation, as a key note speaker in a 'Dialogue for Development (DfD) seminar entitled" Developing Manifesto for Democracy and Sustainable Development " on 5th November 2012. A large number of students, researchers and faculty members of the university participated in the seminar.
While speaking on the subject Dr. Shahid Zia said that " people believe that manifesto for democracy is developed by political parties in Pakistan and normally democracy and sustainable development are discussed in separate frameworks. The current system of democracy is based on poor levels of participation and engagement of peopole. It depends with short termisim in which politicians try to develop and deliver with their own agenda to win the next election. As a result various other aspects of the economy and society are neglected and marginalized people become more poor and rich more richer. Hence they are poorly prepared for other challenges like climate change, resource scarcity, good governance, an aging and growing population etc. A well structured democratic system based of full participation of people is essential for dealing with such challenges in Pakistan.
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