Area Development Programme in Balochistan

What is the Project About

 Girl feeding her egg-laying chickens provided by UNDP in Balochistan to boost livelihoods and reduce poverty. Photo: UNDP Pakistan/Satomi Kato

Balochistan is the largest province of Pakistan in terms of land area, comprising 44 percent of the national territory. It is, in contrast, the smallest in terms of population. Most of the population lives in scattered, sparsely populated settlements, around water sources amid an arid, inhospitable terrain. Over 50 metallic and non-metallic minerals have been found in Balochistan, of which 41 are currently being mined. Balochistan province has the world's eighth largest herd of cattle and third largest herd of goats. The province is however the least developed among the four federating units of Pakistan in terms of social and economic indicators. Overall, 56 percent of Balochistan's population falls in the category of 'multi-dimensionally

The Area Development Programme Balochistan project is a community-based development programme co-financed by the Government of Balochistan and United Nations Development Programme. Though phase-II of the project was initiated in July 2006, its field activities started in May 2007.

The objective of the project is to contribute to poverty reduction and food security through increased incomes and productive assets in the target areas.

What Have We Accomplished So Far

  • Community Mobilization - 1069 community based organizations; 644 for men and 408 for women, have been formed. More than 5,938 persons have been trained in the effective management of these community organizations.
  • Crops and Livestock Productivity - Improved variety of seeds has been provided for 200 acres of land. Around 0.24 million animals have been vaccinated, 7000 persons trained in livestock management and extension services, 481 improved breeds of goats and bulls introduced. Household ownership of small livestock has increased by 10.73 percent in the project areas.
  • Water Availability - Rain water harvesting structures at 6272 acres of land built, 268 small projects on water reservoirs and channel lining, 108 schemes for karez rehabilitation, 67 demonstration plots on high efficiency irrigation systems, 624 persons trained on improved irrigation practices.
  • Skills Development - 440 women trained in embroidery, 347 in tailoring and 1762 in basic health and hygiene. Due to skill training for the women, the annual income of the beneficiaries has increased from PKR 5,880 to PKR 25,200 in embroidery and related skills. Due to project interventions, the female productive skills sets have increased by five percent thereby increasing employment and income and saving opportunities for the poorest families.
  • Physical Assets - Drinking water schemes benefited an estimated 780 households, irrigation schemes more than 2,000 households, and water harvesting structures about 1,500 households. Approximately 1,300 households benefited from improved breeds of poultry, small ruminants and cattle.

Who Finances it?

Government of Balochistan, Government of Australia and the World Food Programme

Delivery in Previous Year

Delivery in 2012 was USD $1,376,000.

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