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December 25, 2013

Rana Muhammad Amir, Babar Shahbaz and others have published a paper in Pakistan Journal of Agri. Sciences.

Amir, R. M., B. Shahbaz, T. Ali and M. I. Zafar (2013). Analysis of household food security concerns and coping strategies of small farmers in northwestern highlands of Pakistan. Pak. J. Agri. Sci., Vol. 50(3), 505-510; 2013 308 KB

December 25, 2013

The book "Forests, livelihoods and power relation in Northwest Pakistan" edited by Babar Shahbaz, Urs Geiser and Abid Suleri has been published by Sung-e-Meel Pubs. Lahore.

Shahbaz, B., U. Geiser and A. Suleri (2013). Forests, livelihoods and power relation in Northwest Pakistan. Sang-e-Meel Pub., Lahore 1.2 MB

October 22, 2012

Safdar Umair has completed his master thesis on livelihoods, food security and climate change in the Kaghan Valley, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Umair, Safdar (2012). Securing livelihoods in the realm of climate change and food insecurity: a case study of Kaghan valley. MSc Thesis. Institute of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan. 2.7 MB

October 21, 2012

Dr. Ghazanfar Ali Khan and Dr. Babar Shahbaz have published an essay on 'Reviving traditional ideas for sustainable agriculture' in the Pakistan Observer.

March 22, 2012

Mr. Martin Kienzler from Institute of Geography, University of Würzburg, Germany has successfully completed his Master thesis under the supervision of Prof. Heiko Paeth and Prof Ulrike Mueller Boeker (DSGZ). He conducted his research in the Kaghan valley of Northwest Pakistan in cooperation with Dr. Babar Shahbaz and SDPI.

Kienzler, Martin (2012). Linking climate change with food security in the highlands of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Northwest Pakistan. MSc, Institute of Geography and Geology, University of Würzburg, Germany. 2.7 MB

January 13, 2012

Urs Geiser has published a new article on political contestation in Pakistan’s Swat valley in Geoforum.

Geiser, Urs (2012). Reading political contestation in Pakistan’s Swat valley – From deliberation to ‘the political’ and beyond. Geoforum (2012), doi:10.1016/j.geoforum.2011.12.007.  

October 11, 2011

Mr. Waqar-ul-Hassan Tareen, M.Sc. student (RP2 - Livelihood Futures) has succesfully defended his Master thesis. His thesis explored different kinds of Social Safety Nets (SSNs) and farmers perceptions regarding access and usefulness of these SSNs in Battagram district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.

text Waqar-ul-Hassan, Tareen (2011). An exploratory study of social safety nets (SSN) in Battagram district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province: implications for food security of small farmers. MSc Study. 2.5 MB

October 3, 2011

"AGRICULTURAL extension service is under criticism in Pakistan. Let us have the viewpoint of an extension officer: “I have meagre time for the fanners. Few months back we were assigned the duty to work with the police to grab the kite flyers in city, and then we monitored Sasti Roti Scheme Tandoors and during Ramazan we have to take care of Ramzan Bazaars. I may be deputed any time at any place for a job I am not trained for and was not selected for”, a senior officer of Department of Agriculture (Extension), Government of the Punjab said. Read full article in 'Daily The Nation" by Dr Babar Shahbaz And Dr Tanvir Ali

September 24, 2011

Mr. Mushtaq Ahmad Jan. M.Phil Student NCCR WP2, has defended his M.Phil Thesis.

text Jan, Mushtaq Ahmad (2011). Socio-economic Analysis of Timber Trade in the NWFP, with Special Reference to Stakeholder Analysis in Malakand Region. M.Phil Thesis, Institute of Social Work, Sociology and Gender Studies, Univeristyh of Peshawar. Pakistan. 1.5 MB

August 17, 2011

The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) is holding its Fourteenth Sustainable Development Conference (SDC) from 13—15 December 2011 in Islamabad, Pakistan. This year’s Conference is titled ‘Redefining Paradigms of Sustainable Development in South Asia’. The NCCR (North-South) researchers from Pakistan and Nepal (Babar Shahbaz, Bishnu Upreti and Abid Suleri) are organizing a specific panel “Livelihood options in conflict affected areas”.

For details please visit

July 30, 2011

The recent issue of the Pakistan Forest Digest covers the forest related news published in leading Pakistani newspapers from January to March 2011. For an Urdu version or hard copies, please contact SDPI.

text Quarterly Pakistan Forest Digest. A selection of clippings on forest issues. Vol.01, No. 04, January - March 2011. SDPI and NCCR N-S. 749 KB

July 4, 2011

Babar Shahbaz, Tanvir Ali and Abid Suleri have published a new peer-reviewed article on forest conservation and development interventions in Northwest Pakistan.


Shahbaz, B., Ali, T., Suleri, A.Q. (2011). Dilemmas and challenges in forest conservation and development interventions: Case of Northwest Pakistan. Forest Policy and Economics (13)6: 473-478.


June 27, 2011

The last roundtable of the series under PAMS “Forest policy dialogues” was held in Islamabad on June 27, 2011. The event was attended by a large group from civil society organizations, media, foresters and social activists. The participants were briefed about the recommendations and findings of peoples’ forest assemblies and roundtable organized under the PAMS in Hazara and Malakand regions of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. T
he roundtable received wide coverage by the national newspapers, including Dawn, The News, and The Pakistan Observer, and EnvoInfo.

May 24, 2011

A forest assembly held on May 18, 2011 in Peshawar was attended by the members of civil society, NGOs, academia and politicians including members of parliament. The participants discussed various issues such as royalties, the forest policy, the ban on timber harvesting, as well as unemployment in the forest areas. The members of parliament assured to raise the stakeholders' concerns in the parliament and make necessary amendments in the constitution.
See the reporting by 'The Dawn'.

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