Exploring the implications of agricultural extension services to combat food insecurity in district Tharparkar Sindh, Pakistan

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Exploring the implications of agricultural extension services to combat food insecurity in district Tharparkar Sindh, Pakistan

Nadeem Abbas Shah, Ejaz Ashraf, Zaheer ud Din Mirani, Raees Abbas
Int. J. Biosci.18( 5), 174-181, May 2021.
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Pakistan is a developing country with diversified ecological zones. However due to low percentage of forests and high percentage of emission, climate change is causing natural disasters like floods and droughts. Predominantly, drought has been a frequent spectacle in the districts of Tharparkar and Umerkot. Keeping in view the severity of food insecurity in drought hit regions, the present study was carried out in the Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, University of Sargodha during 2017. The study aimed to find out the role of public and private agricultural extension services in provision of secure food in the selected study area. Additionally, it tried to identify the implications of agricultural extension to combat food insecurity as perceived by respondents. Results showed that respondents get extension services from private NGOs with the mean value of 2.83 which lies between sometimes to usually on Likert type scale. Public extension services and self-help groups are playing less active role than NGOs with the mean values of 1.85 and 2.01 respectively. Respondents highly recommended that Kisan Cards (4.47), drought resistant verities (4.33) and maintenance of RO plants (4.17) can help combat food insecurity. Hence, it is recommended that area specific strategies should be adopted to ensure food security under climate changing scenarios.


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