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Seminar on agriculture policy analysis
May 7, 2013
School of Professional Advancement (SPA), organized a seminar on "Agriculture Policy Analysis - tools for practitioners". Dr Mahmood Ahmed (Ex Head Technical Division FAO) was invited as special guest to present the audience. The participants of the seminar were invited from academia and industry. The topic which was first of its nature to be presented to Pakistani audience created very productive debate. The gravity of issues pertinent to distorted agricultural prices and eroding competitiveness were focus of the discussion. Dr Mahmood presented many case studies from Egypt, Iran, and other countries regarding their agricultural policies.

At the end of the session, the audience asked many questions regarding the prospects of Pakistan agricultural polices scenarios in future. Looking at the importance of the policy analysis the audience at the end unanimously agreed to the needs of a policy research institute which can provide guidelines to Government on future agriculture policies.

Speakers Profile
Dr Mahmood Ahmad is an expert trainer and agro-economist with over 40 years of diverse experience working and consulting with multilateral and development agencies. He has been working as an international consultant, advising on Value Chains and Agribusiness development, trade and competitiveness, agriculture policy, rural development, poverty reduction and water policy for organizations like UNO, ADB, JICA, Mercy Corps and FAO. Dr Mahmood has also advised the governments of Pakistan, Yemen, Oman, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq Tajikistan and others in the Central Asian region on agricultural policy and related development issues.
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