Water Policy and Development: Here and Abroad

Monday, February 22, 2016 (All day)
Dean’s Smart Room, 5th floor, SSE Building

Topic: Water Policy and Development: Here and Abroad

Speaker: Dr. Mahmood Ahmad

Date: Monday, February 22, 2016 

Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm 

Venue: Dean’s Smart Room, 5th floor, SSE Building 


Pakistan has the world’s fourth highest rate of water use. Its water intensity rate — the amount of water, in cubic metres, used per unit of GDP — is the world’s highest. This suggests that no country’s economy is more water-intensive than Pakistan’s. This aggressive water consumption portends catastrophic consequences. According to the IMF, Pakistan is already the third most water-stressed country in the world. The session will be about water policy issues, water scarcity trends and magnitude of the problem: Growing Supply demand gap. The session will conclude with measures that should be taken to close the water demand gap, lessons from the past and way forward.

About the Speaker

Dr Mahmood Ahmad is an expert trainer and agro-economist with over 40 years of diverse experience working and consulting with multilaterals and development agencies.
After retiring from heading the technical division of the FAO for the RNE region, Dr Mahmood has been working as an international consultant, advising on Value Chains and Agribusiness development, Trade and competitiveness, agriculture policy, rural development, poverty reduction and water policy for organizations like One UN, ADB, JICA, Mercy Corps and FAO, among others. Dr Mahmood has also advised the governments of Pakistan, Yemen, Oman, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq and others in the Central Asian region on agricultural policy and related development issues. Dr Mahmood completed his PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Massachusetts.