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Provincial Stakeholder Consultation of In-House Research Study towards Rural Transformation in Pakistan discussed

March 26, 2019

Karachi, March 26, 2019 (PPI-OT):Center for Rural Economy (CRE), Planning Commission of Pakistan in collaboration with Sindh Planning and Development (P and D) organized a consultative meeting on In-House Research Study towards Rural Transformation in Pakistan at Tughlaq House P and D Karachi on Tuesday. Provincial Secretary P and D Dr. Sheerin Mustafa chaired the meeting and highlighted the importance of rural economy and the role of P and D Sindh to eliminate poverty, reduce unemployment, improve livelihood, enhance rural skills, rural-urban migration, and farm and non-farm sector of the rural economy of the province.

She appreciated the efforts of CRE, Planning Commission for preparing the national level study towards the rural transformation in Pakistan. In the meeting, the participants from different departments were divided into two groups to come up with suggestion after having brainstorming on the given questions pertaining to the study on the rural transformation. The aim of the consultation was to seek first-hand information to develop in-house research study towards rural transformation in Pakistan by taking all the relevant stakeholders on the board.

In the meeting CRE Experts Syed Amjad Hussain, Group Head-I, Dr. Qaiser Rafique Yasser, Group Heads, and Mushtaq Ur Rehman, Senior Research Follow, gave detailed presentations on CRE, aims and objectives of the stakeholder consultation, and on the research study on “Towards Rural Transformation in Pakistan”.

The experts in their presentations shared that CRE is working on the knowledge based policies that can effectively choose investments to strengthen rural infrastructure and institution, enable profitable opportunities, and facilitate the advance of skills crucial to steer development in rural areas and providing quality evidence based policy recommendations associated with all aspects of Pakistani rural economy.

They said that rural economy in Pakistan has been a powerful source of economic growth and substantially reduced poverty, but the remarkable processes of Rural Transformation in Pakistan are an underexplored, underappreciated and largely untold story. They were of the view that the CRE proposes to conduct an in-house research study to assess the current status of rural transformation in Pakistan to provide an empirical basis for answering the question by analyzing the farming and non-farming sectors.

The aim of the study is to historical review and investigates the issues, challenges of farming and non-farming sector and innovative solution for rural areas of Pakistan. The specific objectives of the study is to prepare farming and non-farming profile of the country, to review inter-dependency of farming and non-farming sectors and their mode of interaction, to review and analyze household income and expenditure profiles, and also develop an action plan for rural transformation in Pakistan.

The expected outcome of the study will be able to know the farming and non-farming structure of the country, compilation of household income and expenditure profiles which will be updated regularly. The consultation meeting ended with the vote of thanks by the Secretary P and D and CRE Team for taking provinces on board for conducting such important studies for uplifting rural economies of the country.

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