|Women discussing citrus value chain issues |
at a workshop in a citrus-growing village near Faisalabad
The workshops featured the use of many photos taken in Pakistan to promote discussion. Photos typically depicted best-practice examples of every stage of the agricultural value chain, such as soil preparation and irrigation, pruning and harvesting, postharvest processing and transport, marketing and banking.
|Men's workshop rating training needs in |
the dairy value chain in a dairy-farming village, Lahore
Project co-leader Prof Barbara Chambers with photos
of mango value chain prioritised by village women
based on their training needs
For example, women in a Sindh village in the Mirpur Khas region said they needed training on commercial mango pickling and juice preservation, and how to best feed their cattle. Men in the same village prioritised training in pesticide management, furrow irrigation, nursery management and mango harvesting. Both women and men expressed interest in working in groups to buy inputs (seeds, fertiliser, etc).
The social project's results have been shared with each commodity team in the AusAID-supported ASLP (for dairy, mango and citrus) to help inform their future biophysical and market research. A program of recommended interventions that address the villagers’ identified priorities has been designed. The ideas will be funded from the project and trialled over the coming years, and baseline survey work will then be repeated to judge the adoption, adaption and success of new tools and practices.
ACIAR Project HORT/2010/003 Social research to foster effective collaboration and strengthen pro-poor value chains
Australia–Pakistan Agriculture Sector Linkages Program (ASLP) (supported by AusAID)
Pakistan medium-term research strategy
Fact sheet: Improving market opportunities for mangoes in Pakistan
ABC Rural News article: Pakistan's mangoes improving thanks to Australia
By Dr Wendy Henderson, ACIAR's Science Communicator
Photos provided courtesy of the Social research project team