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Message from Vice Chancellor UAF


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.


Message from Chief of Party / Director


The U.S. Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Agriculture and Food Security has successfully completed its one year. The center is meant for flourishing the culture of research and opening up tangible dialogues on food security, agriculture and curriculum reforms, climate changes, precision agriculture and bio technology to head towards agrarian revolution which is directly linked to poverty alleviation. It is depressing to know that 60 percent of our population is facing food insecurity, and almost 50 per cent women and children are malnourished in Pakistan.
Keeping in view these challenges, USPCAS-AFS organized many events, stakeholder’s workshops and seminars in order to refurbish the capabilities of researchers and other stakeholders and improve the varsity curriculum at par with international standards. These initiatives will help address agriculture and food security challenges of the 21st century.
The USPCAS-AFS plans to host a number of activities – seminars, conferences, dialogues in 2016 that will bring various stakeholders together to engage in conversations about current Agricultural and Food Security issues and debates. Last year we received more than 100 Research proposals from all over Pakistan and 20 were selected for the funding with the consultation of UCDAVIS scientists. During the year, 10 important areas including seed technology, tree dieback, vaccine development, insect management, development of stress tolerant germplasm, mechanization of farm operations, reverse engineering of agricultural equipment/machinery small farm producer marketing cooperatives and policy matters on key issues have been identified for commissioned research. USPCAS-AFS has awarded 72 merits and need based scholarships to
M.Phil. /Ph.D. students and this process will continue in years to come UAF faculty, students, farmers and other stakeholders will visit UCDAVIS during 2016. Five program chairs established (i.e. Climate Change, Precision Agriculture Biotechnology, Agriculture Policy and Outreach, have planned to conduct research, workshops, training programs and establish public private partnership to boost the agricultural sector.
We are striving hard to ensure efficient governance and leadership, effective curricular reforms and high quality applied and policy research so that objectives of UAF capacity building could be achieved through education, research, outreach and policy support. It will help to find innovative solutions for national and global agricultural challenges.
The initiation of Ag-Mag Newsletter is a step forward towards bridging the gap between USPCAS-AFS and various stakeholders through effective communication strategies.

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.

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