• The Agriculture Sector Linkages Program (ASLP) Phase-II is a key program of the Australia-Pakistan Agriculture and Rural Development Strategy 2010-2015 which aims to: "Collaborate strategically to improve livelihood systems for the rural poor in Pakistan and build linkages between the agriculture sectors of the two countries".

    ASLP-II has a budget of $ AU -12.95 million over five years and has three components:
    • Pro-Poor Value Chains
    • Enabling Policy
    • Agriculture Capability

    Under agreement with AusAID, ACIAR will manage and implement ASLP- II that aims as follows:
    • Enhance selected value chains that benefits the rural poor through improved productivity, market and employment opportunities
    • Support analysis that improves economic and natural resource management
    • Build the capacity of government, private and civil sectors to service the needs of stakeholders across the program

    ASLP-II features:
    • Implementation of value-chain frameworks, with additional focus to benefit the poor and marginalized
    • Focus on the livestock (dairy) and horticulture (mango and citrus) and livestock (dairy) sectors, with scope for later to be extended to other industries
    • Attention to underlying policy, institutional and technical capacity building
    • Support for baseline assessment of the poverty and gender dimensions, and the modalities and technologies for modern communication within the industries, to broaden improvements and to enhance benefit flows to the poor and marginalised
    • Strengthening capacity for better targeting of effort and extension delivery, and enhancing intra-and inter-project collaboration and engagement with industry
    • Close liaison and coordination between ACIAR and AusAID and Pakistan partners in monitoring, evaluation and implementation of ASLP-II and other programs of the Australia-Pakistan Agriculture and Rural Development Strategy

  • Project team attended an international conference at Canberra, Australia (Sep 2014)

  • The project has developed 9th extension module on improved fodder agronomic practices module.

  • 9th extension worker training was conducted for extension workers from Sindh and Punjab provinces on improved agronomic module (21 Nov 2014)

  • Upcoming Event

    Final term forum for ASLP phase II will be organized on 14 October, 2015.

  • Project has organized third training workshop for veterinary officers from Baluchistan & Khyber Paktunkhwa on improved agronomic practices, milk marketing & value addition at UVAS, Lahore (28-29 July 2015)

  • The project has successfully organized a three days training workshop on improved dairy farm practices for veterinary officers from all districts of Khyber Paktunkhwa under Bill & Malinda Gates foundation in Peshawar (9-12 Aug. 2015)

  • Dairy team has translated all the extension material in Sindhi language. The aim if this translation is effective dissemination of key extension messages among farmers and extension workers.

  • In order to address the milk marketing issue, the project has introduced three Ice cream making and one cream extraction entrepreneurship models for women in Sindh and Punjab.

  • Six students (4 UVAS, 2 UAF) have completed their internship with project.

  • Four village based seed enterprise (VBSE) for berseem fodder have been developed in Okara, Pakpattan and Bhakkar.

  • Currently one PhD student Thomas William from Charles Strut University, Australia is conducting his research with project to find out the incidence of parasites in buffaloes in Pakistan.

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