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Pakistan Wheat Production Enhancement Program

The Wheat Productivity Enhancement Program aims to enhance the productivity of wheat in Pakistan by supporting research leading to the identification, adoption and agronomic management of new, high-yielding and disease-resistant wheat varieties. The major objective is to facilitate efforts of scientific institutions in Pakistan in efforts to minimize adverse effects of wheat rust through surveillance and genetically resistant varieties.

The U.S. Development Agency and the Pakistan Ministry of Agriculture consider the process of developing wheat varieties that are resistant to virulent strains of rust disease as one of the goals for improving food security and related agricultural production challenges.


Strengthen Pakistan’s own wheat rust surveillance and facilitate maximum synergies between Pakistan and international rust surveillance efforts

Provide cereal rust protection for wheat production in Pakistan

Enhance access and contributions to the increasingly sophisticated and diverse set of genetic and laboratory technologies available in pre-breeding

Develop high-yielding, farmer-desired candidate wheat varieties with durable rust resistance; as well as to strengthen the capacity of Pakistan to develop, test, and rapidly promote such varieties.

Accelerate seed multiplication and enhance access to new cereal rust-resistant varieties

Enhance the productivity and sustainability of rainfed and irrigated wheat in wheat-based systems in Pakistan

Project Date: 2010 to 2015

Project Leader: Muhammad Imtiaz, M.Imtiaz@cgiar.org, CIMMYT

Funding Organization: United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Area (ICARDA)

Project website: http://wpepforpakistan.org/