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College of Agricultural Sciences hosts delegates from Pakistan

July 18, 2014

In June, nine policymakers and farmers traveled from Pakistan to Fort Collins to take part in a 12-day tour of Colorado focused on water management techniques in use on farms.

USAID Pakistan training professionals visit a lavender farm in Palisade, Colorado.The visit was hosted by the Institute for Global Agriculture and Technology Transfer (IGATT), a center housed within the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture.    

The tour was funded in part by a USAID grant secured by Assistant Professor of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Ajay Jha, who serves as IGATT Director.

Sustainable agriculture

USAID Pakistan professionals observe the diversion dam on the Colorado River.“Our goal is to help promote sustainable agriculture by exchanging information about effective water management practices and technologies, watershed development, soil and water conservation practices, high-value horticulture crops and sustainable agriculture enterprise models that can help improve agricultural production system at the grassroots level,” Jha said.

USAID Pakistan professionals observe an efficient water management system at a small farm on the Western slope.Pakistan’s limited water resources have been impacted by a growing population, recurrent floods, prolonged droughts, and climate change. In Pakistan, as in Colorado, efficient water resource management at all levels is the only way to reduce losses and stresses to the system. Training and exposure to effective irrigation and water management systems can help Pakistani producers and policymakers to implement their own management solutions and contribute to water security in that nation.

Internationally-recognized experts

The group visited areas of Colorado with similar topographical and climatic conditions to certain areas in Pakistan including the Western Slope, San Luis Valley, Weld County and Rocky Ford.  Because of these geographic similarities, participants could readily visualize how the systems would work in their home country. CSU faculty members and researchers are nationally- and internationally-recognized as experts in water management and irrigation techniques.  The tour included meetings with and presentations from various CSU water and high-value horticulture faculty members, both on the campus and at four different experiment stations.

USAID Pakistan professionals tour an irrigation system on the Western slope.'Critical to food security'

“Helping rural farmers manage efficient use of water and produce nutritional food in agricultural settings is critical to food security and the sustainable livelihoods for the people of Pakistan,” said Stephen Wallner, Head of the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture.  “This visit is just one of tangibles ways that CSU and the College of Agricultural Sciences demonstrate our global impact.”

Participants also learned about the conservation planning process and the survey, design, construction, operation and maintenance of several soil and water conservation systems and practices such as furrow, sprinkler, center pivot irrigation and drip techniques.