Islamabad, 19 October 2022 (TDI): The Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, Andrew Schofer, visited the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) in Pattoki.

He was accompanied on his visit by the Acting Director USAID (US Agency for International Development) Economic Growth and Agriculture Officer Stephen Berlinguette, Public Affairs Office-US Embassy Islamabad Paul Garr, and Senior Economic Growth and Energy Adviser Kamran Masood Niazi.

The purpose of the visit by the US mission was to discuss the challenges faced by the livestock. The mission also learned about the flood-affected areas of Pakistan. The recovery of the livestock and farms were an important part of their discussion.

The recent floods have impacted smallholder farmers. The livestock has been affected, the recovery of which is an essential task for food security in the country.

The discussion between the US mission and UVAS faculty highlighted the challenges of climate change to the livestock sector and the way forward. The proposal is underway to upgrade livestock farms and build their capacities by transforming them into climate-smart livestock farms.

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USAID and Pakistan

US and Pakistan have worked on several issues for over 70 years and collaborated in education, peace, health, energy, and economy. Through USAID, the US has been investing in the development sector with the help of the government of Pakistan.

The current cooperating strategy of USAID for Pakistan includes focusing on peace and stability for a prosperous future.

This strategic plan has been helping Pakistan by increasing the writ of its government and investing in sectors essential for a stable, peaceful environment in the state.

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USAID and Pakistan share a mutual commitment to establish peace and security in the country by cooperating in several fields.