I am a Life Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and have been teaching Investments at the Lahore School of Economics since 2011; but about 18 months ago I decided that what I really want to do at this stage in my life (I will be 76 later this week) is to “combat, simultaneously, poverty and climate change.”

I became aware that “regenerative, organic farming” provides mankind the opportunity to convert atmospheric carbon into soil carbon. Increasing soil carbon raises fertility of soils to combat poverty and the simultaneous withdrawal of carbon from the atmosphere slows and will eventually reverse climate change.

I also realized that Pakistan, with the highest nominal level of poverty in the world next to India, has an excellent opportunity to become a global leader in slowing and reversing climate change.

I therefore decided to reduce my teaching load and to create a Society named Combating Poverty and Climate Change Foundation (CPCCF) through which to undertake what is now my life’s work.

CPCCF is now in existence and attached herewith is a copy of its profile. As you can see, I am at the very beginning of what will be a long and eventful journey.

Warm regards,
Ahsan Rashid
Lahore

A Profile of

Combating Poverty and Climate Change Foundation (CPCCF)

CPCCF is dedicated to moving carbon from the atmosphere to the soil through promoting the adoption of simple, yet profitable techniques of Regenerative Organic Farming (ROF). While CPCCF’s services will be available to all, a special focus of CPCCF’s effort will be to target these services at small holder farmers through an extensive program of training internships.

 

CPCCF believes that adoption of Regenerative Organic Farming by small farmers will, potentially, double their incomes while reducing carbon in the atmosphere to combat climate change.

 

Pakistan, the country with the highest nominal level of mass poverty in the world, next to India, has a real opportunity to rapidly transform itself and become a global leader in reversing climate change by helping its small farmers double their incomes through adoption of Regenerative Organic Farming practices.

 

Our first project is to establish an Accredited Hub of the Savory Institute in Pakistan. The Hub will provide training, monitoring and consulting services to reverse widespread degradation of soils in Pakistan by restoring grasslands through the application of Award-winning Holistic Management and Holistic Planned Grazing methods developed by the Savory Institute and already practiced, successfully, on more than 40 million acres of land since the 1980s in North and South America, Africa and Australia. Reference: savory.global

 

CPCCF has already established a pro-forma Hub at the Pattoki Campus of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences in Lahore (UVAS) and is conducting a one-year ‘pilot project’ to develop formal protocols for application of Savory methods in the Pakistan environment. It is expected that this Hub will receive Savory Institute’s formal accreditation by May 2017, becoming the first such Hub in South Asia and the second Hub in the whole of Asia. Savory Institute plans to have 100 such Hubs to support one billion acres of grasslands by 2025. Meantime, CPCCF’s pro-forma Hub is featured as a Hub Candidate on Savory Institute’s global map of its Network at the bottom of the page on: savory.global/network

 

Beyond this first project, CPCCF is working to create an institution to teach regenerative organic farming technologies to small farmers of limited education to raise the productivity of their respective farms by between 50% and 100%.

 

The technologies taught will include: (i) bio-char making; (ii) mulching & composting; (iii) remineralization, inoculation and bio-stimulation of land; (iv)seed conservation and growing of nutrient dense foods and (v) systematic crop intensification. Substantial experience in bio-char making and composting has already been acquired and is being passed on through consulting. A program to train small farmers in these technologies will be launched in October 2017 on land recently donated to CPCCF.

 

The third project CPCCF has identified is to convert up to 6 million acres of wastelands in Punjab and Sindh into productive grasslands through the use of moderately saline water abundantly available in the extensive aquifers of the Indus Valley. With CPCCF’s access to Savory’s Holistic Management and Holistic Planned Grazing experience and the experience and technology already available within Pakistan, this conversion of wastelands into productive grasslands is now possible.

 

CPCCF has sufficient funds available for its expenses for 6 months beyond its accreditation as a Savory Hub. Thereafter, through its UVAS project, CPCCF will have sufficient hard data to earn revenues from creation of Business Plans and offering of Implementation Advice for the following activities: –

 

  1. Regenerating soil through “raising of grass fed livestock” on relatively cheap marginal lands, in harsh environments, without access to canal irrigation;

 

  1. Development of production units for “grass fed beef, lamb and milk” on irrigated, leased lands. CPCCF’s UVAS pilot project will demonstrate that the cost of production of these “premium products” will be “significantly” lower than the costs of standard products produced “conventionally.”

 

At this time, it will be helpful for CPCCF to receive an injection of US$ 250,000 to establish a financially self-sustaining Information and Training Center, duly supported by a Demonstration Farm, to vigorously pursue all the initiatives identified in this note. Given this, CPCCF will be able to play a transformative role within and outside Pakistan when US$ 100 billion per year of funding committed by developed countries for climate action in developing countries, becomes available in 2020.

 


 

References:-

 

  1. “Allan Savory: How to Green the World’s Deserts and Reverse Climate Change,” Allan Savory’s celebrated 22-minute TedTalk in 2013, already viewed by more than 3 million viewers worldwide, may be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpTHi7O66pI

 

  1. “The Seeds of Vandana Shiva” a 4-minute video that chronicles the emergence of Vanadana Shiva as a global icon of regenerative agriculture; available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wZcTnDd30o

 

  1. “Soil Solutions to Climate Problems – narrated by Michael Pollen,” a 4-minute video available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxqBzrx9yIE

 

  1. French government’s official global call urging all nations to adopt the target of raising soil carbon by 0.4% annually, already approved by USA and most countries of the world. 8-page text available at : http://4p1000.org/understand

 

  1. Soil Carbon Restoration – Can Biology do the Job? 16-page text of a White Paper, available at: http://www.nofamass.org/sites/default/files/2015_White_Paper_web.pdf

 

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