Commercialisation of BDS through an NGO, AKRSP Pakistan, 2000
This case study considers how the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) has promoted the development of markets for BDS in the remote areas of Northern Pakistan. As part of a wide range of development activities in the Northern part, AKRSP facilitates and provides services to farmers cultivating fruit and vegetables (to develop agriculture), the mainstay of the local economy. Due to their isolation, farmers often face problems in accessing markets and securing a reasonable price for their produce. Two contrasting models have been reviewed, which have been evolved in AKRSP in this context.