Many climate-smart technologies exist in Pakistan to help farmers adapt to climate change, including both commercially available tools and those developed locally. However, a new report by the International Trade Centre (ITC) finds that uptake of these technologies is restricted, limiting climate resilience.
The main obstacles are insufficient funding for research and development, inadequate information about the benefits of climate-smart technologies, a shortage of finance and a lack of robust support services to reach farmers, according to Pakistan: Climate-Smart Technologies for Horticulture and Livestock. The report also identifies a lack of financial incentives for farmers to adopt some technologies – for example, to conserve water.
‘Climate-smart technologies are available in Pakistan [but] few farmers adopt them because of financial constraints and limited understanding about their benefits,’ said ITC Executive Director Pamela Coke-Hamilton. ‘This study offers pathways to make indigenous and commercial climate technologies both affordable and available.’