The project is a direct follow-up to the “Food Security/Poverty Alleviation in Arid Agriculture Balochistan - Pilot Project Phase”, which began activities in 2004 and was completed by December 2008. The current project used the same overall approach as the original project in five districts instead of the three districts included in its precursor project. The current project examined the districts of Killa Saifullah, Loralai, Zhob, Quetta and Mastung. It aims at directly contributing to the Government of Pakistan’s (GoP) Poverty Reduction Strategy by reducing poverty in the border areas and contributing directly to the GoP’s ongoing National Food Security Program. At a more general level, it supports the ongoing government efforts to foster economic growth and stability in the border areas.
The overall development objective of the project is to increase the incomes of poor rural men and women in the 5 districts in the border areas of Balochistan. The immediate project objectives are:
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