CAS-AFS Overview

The fast changing demography, climate and international trade policies are impacting the economies of the countries. In this scenario, agriculture seems to be more important than what might have appeared as a source of food security only. In Pakistan’s economic systems, it is only the agriculture, which provides food for entire population and have the potential to provide employment to the growing number of unemployed youth. University of Agriculture-Faisalabad aspires to ensure food security through outstanding achievements in learning, discovery, innovation and community service with a clear focus on programs of significance to agricultural and rural development. USAID’s initiative to establish a U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Agriculture and Food Security (USPCAS - AFS) at UAF will greatly support Pakistan’s economic development by strengthening UAF in crucially important areas. It aims to establish the governance structures, improve curriculum and teaching practices, and upgrade the graduate programs and research to meet client (industry, civil society, and government) needs. This initiative will particularly benefit the talented but economically and culturally disadvantaged students to access higher education in agriculture and food security. The USPCAS-AFS will serve as a focal point for collaborative research and training among all nodes of agricultural sciences related to food security. It will build a cohesive scientific community and provide a suitable platform to enable cutting edge agricultural research to address current problems being faced by the society at large.

Historical Milestones

  • In 2011, USAID commissioned a feasibility study to identify institutions to host three centers for focused research in food security, water and energy. The study identified UAF, MUET, NUST and PUET to establish Center for Advanced Studies in Food Security at UAF, in Water at MUET, and in energy at NUST + PUET.
  • In April 2012, HEC signed an MoU with USAID to establish 4 Centers for Advanced Studies as described above
  • Upon direction from the then Executive Director HEC UAF Syndicate approved the establishment of Center for Advanced Studies for Agriculture and Food Security (CAS-AFS) at UAF.
  • On December 2014, USAID signed a 5 years Cooperative Agreement for CAS-AFS as a tri-partite partnership between USAID, HEC and UAF.
  • The Syndicate held on 29.12.14 approved the Cooperative Agreement along with all its provisions and conditions (Key personnel, salaries, durations).
  • Center started functioning by hiring faculty and staff through a competitive selection process as per the approved HR Manual. The staff was trained through USAID commissioned professional programs at LUMS
  • On October 21, 2017, USAID walked out of partnership by terminating funds effective 21.10.2017 due to reprioritization of USAID internal budgeting.
  • HEC immediately issued statement to sustain CAS and started salaries negotiation. HEC formally directed university to sustain CAS-AFS. and released 10m Rupees for salaries.
  • On the sidelines, Punjab Government also played a key role in CAS sustainability through a supplementary grant of 141m rupees to continue research projects of CAS
  • D-8 Organization approved CAS-AFS a D-8 designated Research Center in January 2019.
  • To revive CAS-AFS further, Governor Punjab/Chancellor inked a fresh Agreement of Cooperation between the University of California at Davis and UAF on 01.06.2021


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University of Agriculture, Faisalabad has a long and proud tradition as a distinguished education provider. It is from this strong foundation and experience in learning and teaching that we have a strength for reshaping the future of Agriculture. The University of Agriculture, Faisalabad not only focuses on investing in student’s experience but also on developing and expanding our range of academic programs, ensuring the high quality of our curriculum and its delivery with the skills for life and work in a global economy. The U.S.- Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Agriculture and Food Security is designed to support Pakistan’s economic development by strengthening the relevance and responsiveness of university products, including applied and policy research and skilled graduates, to the needs of the public and private sector. I am gratified to see that upon its formal launch; the project is now essentially proceeding to its execution and meeting its objectives of the innovative ideas and outcomes in the areas of research and curriculum reforms. The program objective is also committed to support in the area of financial assistance.

I prospect that this will be a source of knowledge sharing to the socio economic development of Pakistan, with the help of its Scholar’s exchange program. The program will work with its American Partner, University of California, Davis to share an extended outlook of innovative research ideas and exchange of best academic practices among young faculty and students. In the 21st century, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad will push across the frontiers of knowledge to create, in service to the public, unique interdisciplinary programs of teaching, research, and outreach essential for agricultural and rural development. I anticipate that this partnership will float its strong ways and will end up as a substantial outcome for a prosperous Agriculture and hence Food Security in Pakistan. While the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad will continue to enrich its capacity to achieve higher milestones success in future.

The Center for Advanced Studies in Agriculture and Food Security at the University of Agriculture-Faisalabad was jointly designed and established by HEC and USAID. The initiative aimed to build the capacity of UAF to find innovative solutions to national and global challenges related to food and nutritional security. The Centre’s new building houses state-of-the art research and teaching laboratories, fully equipped conference/lecture theatre, advanced computer and electronic labs and a dedicated library. In addition to conducting modern teaching and research, we are also convening policy dialogues, conferences, and training workshops for stakeholder consultation and broad dissemination of knowledge and technologies. The building has installed modern equipment (costing >$2m) to support campus wide research in areas of agriculture and food security. Twelve fully equipped specilized/commodity labs supervised by more than 20 faculty members from different departments of UAF have been estiblished.

Besides supporting academic programs and producing dozens of quality research publications from each lab, the CAS faculty is committedly working to develop new technologies and services to improve farm productivity and livelihood.