Federal Secretary for National Food Security & Research at the ribbon cutting ceremony during the inauguration of Pakistan Subnational Food Systems Dashboard

  • To address food security challenges, Development of Pakistan Sub-National Food System Dashboard is crucial to address Food Security Challenges. Capt. (R) Muhammad Mahmood
  • Pakistan Agricultural Research Council will contribute its Role in making Pakistan “A Food Secure State”. Chairman PARC


Islamabad: (PR&P, PARC) the 4th September 2023. PARC launched Pakistan Sub-National Food System Dashboard formally during an august gathering where high level govt officials, heads of development partners including FAO, WFP, IFAD, CABI, ADB, CIMMYT, CABI, and other international organization, media personnel, and agricultural scientists participated.


This Dashboard has been developed in collaboration of PARC, FAO, WFP, IFAD, Johns Hopkins University, and the Columbia Climate School at Columbia University with the leading role of GAIN-Pakistan.

Federal Secretary M/o National Food Security and Research, Capt. (R) Muhammad Mahmood inaugurated the dashboard in front of all development partners and agricultural scientists and took keen interest in various sections of the dashboard. He appreciated efforts of all stake holders for their role in developing this dashboard and advised the scientists to maintain it on sustainable bases and to draw meaningful inferences from available data. He also advised PARC scientists to develop Pakistan Food Outlook biannually using data of the dashboard. He emphasized that data and information is vital in decision making and this dashboard will help policy makers in right decision making.


Chairman, PARC highlighted PARC contribution in strengthening Pakistan Food System. He appraised the efforts of all stakeholders and development partners especially GAIN, FAO and WFP for their contribution in developing this prototype Sub-national Food System Dashboard.


Country heads GAIN, FAO, IFAD, WFP and others ensured their technical and financial support to PARC for maintaining and updating this dashboard. Representative from Pakistan Bureau of Statistics also endorsed their role in provision of relevant data timely for further strengthening the Dashboard. Dr. Ghulam Sadiq Afridi, Member Incharge, Social Sciences, PARC ensured to expand scope of the dashboard horizontally and vertically to bring this dashboard at par with other developed countries.


A diverse range of participants from government, academia, research, civil society organizations, and the development sector participated in the event. Key representatives highlighted the importance of the Pakistan Sub-national Food Systems Dashboard in bridging the evidence gap in the country by collecting national and local (city/district) data across a range of key food systems indicators to support stakeholders with the data they need to better understand and take actions for national, provincial, and local food systems.

Leading partners from the federal government and development partners agreed that the way forward is a commitment to using data and evidence for decision-making, policy formulation and multi-sectoral collaboration to transform Pakistan’s food systems.

The Pakistan Sub-national Food Systems Dashboard holds the potential to track the progress and accountability of action plans that support food systems transformation, support policymakers in strengthening the country's policy landscape, and ultimately benefit people at risk of hunger, malnutrition, economic and climate shocks, and environmental degradation.