SAFBIN Program in Pakistan is implemented in 20 villages of district Sargodha and Khushab districts in close coordination with community partners, government agriculture departments and research partner. SAFBIN is focused around six project outcomes i.e. 1. Doubling farm production and income; 2.Access to balanced diet; 3. Control over land and access to entitlements; 4. Resilience to climate change; 5. Multi-level co-operation and partnership; and 6. Sustainable food production and consumption of small farm agri foods.
In Pakistan during year I, activities were organized around all outcomes except outcome 6 pertaining to sustainable food production and consumption of small-farm-agri-foods for urban middle class consumers. However much of the work was done around outcome1 (doubling farm production and income), outcome 2 (Access to balanced diet), outcome 3 (control over land and access to entitlements) and outcome 4 (resilience to climate change).
Main activities carried out during the first year (1st April 2018-31 March 2019) included PRA and baseline orientation training; PRA exercise in the villages; focused group discussions; household survey; launching of SAFBIN program at country/district/village level; capacity building sessions on recycling of farm products; PRA and household data cleaning; distribution of seed for wheat, canola, gram, fodder, and vegetables; formation of district forums; meetings of district forums; distribution of material for cowshed; linkage building with agriculture extension and livestock departments at district level; mapping of available entitlements; meetings with research partner; honey bee training to farmers and distribution of honeybee boxes etc. The number of community partners reached till March 31st2019 is 7095 including farmers, school children and women. About 25% of the total community partners are women.
Some considerable impacts like promotion of local seed varieties, good relation building and networking between farmers and agriculture line departments, and sharing of indigenous practices among farmers were observed during the project period.