Sustainability in livelihoods is a key to food security and poverty reduction. Agriculture is a key livelihood in Pakistan and also a main source of food security in the country. Despite the fact that Pakistan is still known as agriculture country, agriculture produce is declining rapidly in the country to the level of threatening the very food security of the local communities.
With the growing impacts of Climate Change and the level of natural disasters rising, the vulnerable communities in Pakistan have been fully at risk. In this regard PDI under its Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Program is actively engaged with the vulnerable communities of Sindh and Balochistan, in the areas frequently hit by the disasters i.e. droughts, floods and cyclones and earthquakes for prevention, mitigation and adaptation awareness.
PDI Humanitarian Response Program is an active response program for any type of natural or man-made disasters in Pakistan. The program team highly trained in strategic techniques of relief and emergency response are engaged in vulnerable communities hit by the disasters.
PDI Education & Literacy Program is engaged in policy advocacy as well as capacity building of different stakeholders including teachers and school management committees. Besides Program team also has been managing a number of education and community literacy centers.
Land and water are the key assets for the local communities for their empowerment. PDI Land Rights focuses on contributing towards land rights and equitable landownership of the poor and vulnerable groups especially women in Sindh (Pakistan) for their socio-economic and livelihoods empowerment.
Microenterprise is a key to creating diversity in the local livelihoods, unleashing the potential of local skills and capacities, marketing of the community based local products and decreasing poverty and food security while increasing the access of the local poor communities to the markets.
Pakistan is rich in natural resources including oil, gas, coal, gold, copper and other resources. At present, about one dozen multinational oil and gas, coal copper and gold exploration and production firms are engaged in Pakistan especially in its Sindh province.
Some two thirds of the estimated 6,500 languages still spoken throughout the world are in danger of disappearing within the next one to two generations. The UNESO Atlas has classifies at least 27 Pakistani languages as endangered including Brahui language , the only proto Dravidian language being spoken in Balochistan as well as in some parts of Sindh provinces of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran .