Publications for Agriculture and Food Section

Pakistan’s plant variety protection laws: balancing national food security with the rights of plant breeders.

Pakistan, as a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and a signatory to the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (‘TRIPS Agreement’), is obligated to protect new plant varieties under article 27.3(b) of the TRIPS Agreement.

Released on Apr 12, 2023

Regulation of the eco-marine system as a guide to sustainable development growth post Covid-19

Although 38 per cent of the world’s population live within a narrow fringe of coastal land, it occupies only 7.6 per cent of the Earth’s total land surface (UN Environment Programme 2006). These populations largely depend on coastal resources for their livelihoods.

Released on Jun 1, 2021

Harnessing SAATM and an Africa-UK trade agreement to enable agricultural development

The United Kingdom depends significantly on agricultural imports to meet domestic food demand importing more than 40 per cent of its total food requirements. Demand is expected to increase steadily in future due to anticipated population growth.

Released on Jun 1, 2021

The essential role of evolving technologies in securing a safe and sustainable food supply

Emerging tools enabled by nanotechnology, synthetic biology, and other innovative technologies are today increasingly supplementing the ploughs and tractors so emblematic of the agricultural community of the past. These precision farming tools are ensuring a sustainable food supply otherwise threatened by climate change and population growth, among other global challenges, while diminishing worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.

Released on Jun 1, 2021

Covid-19 and the risk to food supply chains

The food supply chain is still strong and is not suffering from contraction so far. We have also been informed of a strong increase in orders of food products (both commodities and processed goods) during the Covid-19 crisis.

Released on Apr 3, 2020