Najam Ahmed Shah, Additional Secretary in Government of Punjab, served as the Director/CEO of the Food Directorate prior to coming to USA on Eisenhower Fellowships* last month.
The Punjab Food Directorate is responsible for food security for 9 million people of Punjab and oversees the operations, finances, procurement, storage, and sale and export of millions of tons of wheat stocks. Mr. Shah will discuss the issue of food security in the Province of Punjab in Pakistan, and the issues he faced in connecting farmers to the marketplace. Mr. Shah will discuss issues around market failure and the arrangement of funds for procurement of wheat at support price, storage issues, post harvest losses, logistics, subsidies and flour prices. We will end the discussion with a Q&A session where we hope to discuss broader policy and execution-related issues faced in feeding Pakistan.
The discussion will be moderated by Robert Paarlberg, Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.