Agriculture is a key sector in Pakistan, a country struggling in transition between low and middle income status, and politically instable. Outside the Indus Valley irrigated grain basket, many Pakistani farmers practice low-yield rainfed farming, facing frequent droughts. Poverty and malnutrition are high, especially in rural areas. ICRISAT works with Pakistani agricultural research partners to improve smallholder farming productivity. Research includes crop improvement (especially chickpea) and climate change adaptation.
60% - Share of Pakistan's territory classified as rangelands
25% - Pakistan’s irrigation water losses through leakages
75% - Irrigation water that is brackish in Pakistan
2nd - Pakistan’s global rank in chickpea production