A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Ministry of Climate Change and UN-FAO to boost Pakistan’s efforts to enhance climate resilience of the country’s agriculture and water sectors on Friday in a ceremony at Ministry of Climate Change.
Secretary Ministry of Climate Change Naheed Shah Durrani and Country Representative of Un-FAO to Pakistan Ms. Mina Dowlatchahi signed THE MoU in the presence of Prime Minister’s Advisor on Climate Change, Mr. Malik Amin Aslam and UN-FAO Director General in Pakistan Mr. Qu Dongyu.
Speaking at the occasion Mr. Malik Amin Aslam said, the clean Climate fund will help Pakistan acquire $37m that would be spent on the farmers affected by climate change in Pakistan. He further said new projects will be initiated to provide the farmers with new seed and effective ways to use water will also be launched. Initially this project will be introduced in eight districts of Sindh and Punjab. Around 3 million farmers will benefit from the projects that would result from this MoU. After the initiation of pilot projects, the sphere of these projects will be increased. Farmers will also be facilitated by launch of mobile Apps to assist and educate them about the projects.
The project objective is to transform agriculture in the basin by increasing resilience among the most vulnerable farmers and strengthening government’s capacity to support their communities to adapt. To do this, the project will develop, the country’s capacity to get and use the information it needs to cope with the impacts of Climate Change on Agriculture and water management, by putting in place state of art technology.