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

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