The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Agribusiness Project (UAP) is an initiative of the USAID in collaboration with the Agribusiness Support Fund (ASF), a Section 42 Company registered under the Companies Ordinance, 1984. The project aims at enhanced competiveness of agricultural value chains in Pakistan with a focus on horticulture and livestock including dairy, meat and fisheries. Since Pakistan’s economy is agrarian in nature, at primary, secondary and tertiary levels of production, the overriding objective of USAID's Agribusiness Project is to support and create improved conditions for broad-based economic growth in Pakistan and to create employment opportunities for poverty alleviation.
In the first year of this five year project, UAP is focusing on providing technical assistance in order to ensure agribusiness capacity building and towards developing a partnership window through cost-sharing grants for innovative farmers. Currently UAP has issued expressions of interest (EOIs) for its various categories of grants and is conducting Global G.A.P. and other standardized certifications for farmers and growers. Various environmental assessment scoping (EAS) exercises are also being conducted for mitigation measures to be adopted in the grants proposals.
The project has developed various publications to outline project objectives such as the Brochure. There is also a Project Quarterly that has articles by leading experts on Livestock and Horticulture. To get a snapshot of the project, the standard presentation can also be viewed.
The USAID’S Agribusiness Project was well covered by the media when it was launched in September 2011, by both the leading Urdu Newspapers and English Dailys. The project is ably assisted in taking its mission forward by the media that also highlights the goals of the donor USAID and implementing partner ASF.