LAHORE (Staff Report) – The United States has showcased its longstanding support for Pakistan’s agriculture sector at the 5th Annual Dawn Food and Agri Expo in Lahore with a pavilion featuring its ongoing initiatives.
The Expo highlighted efforts to modernise the agriculture sector, improve market access, and increase crop yields.
The Expo’s US pavilion featured agricultural assistance programs supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
These programs promote advanced farming practices, enhance export capacity, build irrigation infrastructure, and introduce the latest in water management practices.
The United States has maintained a longstanding partnership with Pakistan to improve the livelihoods of farmers and increase access to nutritious food for millions of Pakistanis.
Since 2009, the United States, in partnership with the government of Pakistan and the private sector, has invested more than $550 million to fund projects that support economic growth and agriculture.
Over the past five years, USAID projects have helped increase exports from Pakistan by $59 million, increased sales by $153 million, and helped develop over $16 million in new investments.
More than 910,000 farming households have increased their incomes since 2010 utilising US-funded programs, and 45,000 more have received training in dairy-related operations.