About BRSP

A brief history

In 1983, a project “Pak-German self help initiative” was initiated with a joint collaboration of Government of Germany and Pakistan.

The project was implemented by the Local Government Department of Balochistan with the financial assistance of GTZ (German Agency for Technical Co-operation) advisory group. The initiative primarily aimed at developing the socio economic condition of poor rural areas of Balochistan. Later in 1991, it was transformed into a company limited by guarantee named as “Balochistan Rural Support Programme” under the new organizational and administrative structures. In 1991,

 BRSP was registered under the Companies Ordinance as a non-profit organization dedicated to rural development in the province.


BRSP aims to reduce poverty and improve the quality of life of the rural poor by harnessing the potential of people to manage their own development, through their own institutions;


  • To improve the living condition and quality of life of the disadvantaged rural population through social mobilization and grassroots institutional development;
  • To nurture and foster human resources at community level and enable them to plan, implement and manage development initiatives for sustainable development;
  • To organize and improve services in sectors i.e. health, education, rural enterprise, physical infrastructure, agriculture, livestock, water & sanitation and women empowerment in rural areas;

Thrusts and thematic areas

  • Community Mobilization and Capacity Building of Community Institutions to Undertake Pro-Poor Sustainable Development;
  • Development and rehabilitation of water supply schemes and construction and provision of sanitation services;
  • Provision of education services;
  • Improved Natural Resource Management (NRM)
  • Enterprise development (small and medium level enterprise development for Improved Livelihoods;
  • Employment Opportunities and Incomes for Men and Women; off and on farm employment/income generation;
  • Development and Rehabilitation of Rural and Community Physical Infrastructure;
  • Promotion of basic health services with special focus on reproductive health;
  • Gender mainstreaming at policies' and programs level;
  • Promotion of rights based interventions;
  • Child Protection & Empowerment of Adolescents;
  • Promotion of peace and interfaith harmony;
  • Youth development and empowerment;


Program philosophy

BRSP believes that poor people have a great deal of potential and willingness to work for their own development. BRSP's primary role in poverty alleviation and community development is to encourage self-help and, in the long term, guide the Community Organizations into becoming mature and self-reliant institutions. This is the route to community empowerment, which must arise organically from the COs themselves.

BRSP’s programme is holistic: multi-sectoral interventions achieve synergies which in return ensure sustainable outcomes.

BRSP acknowledges that unless the concept of 'gender' is understood and mainstreamed into every aspect of the organisation and the programme, the kind of development, poverty alleviation and community empowerment that it wishes to attain will not be possible. This must be done in culturally appropriate ways: the skill lies in finding the ways to do this while upholding the principle of equality.








 The population of Balochistan is approximately 7.8 million people i.e. 5% of total population of Pakistan but spread over 43% of land area of the country.

Mostly the population of the province lives in small and dispersed rural settlements with only 24 % urban population. Balochistan is the poorest of Pakistan’s four provinces, with standards of living and social indicators lagging substantially behind the rest of the country.

Education achievement in Balochistan reflects the province’s overall low development indicators. Literacy levels at 37 percent compared to the national average of 53 percent.

According to Multiple Indicators Cluster Survey 2004, about two thirds of population 68% aged 10 years and over have never been to school. 77% of the population 10 years and over have not completed primary school or higher.





Gross enrolment is much higher in urban compared to rural population (74% vs. 40%) and boys enrolment compared with girls is (56% vs. 35%). These abysmal statistics underlines the importance education interventions in the province.

Education is a prerequisite for combating poverty, empowering women, protecting children from hazardous and exploitative labor, promoting human rights, protecting the environment and influencing population growth.

Programmatic Mission:

Provision of capacitated, reformed and Quality child friendly environment in the schools so as to ensure improved educational systems;

Programmatic Portfolio

  • Quality education
  • Formal education
  • Non formal education
  • Literacy
  • Indigenous Life skills Based Education
  • Early childhood education and development

Current interventions

BRSP, with UNICEF support, is currently implementing “School WES project in the proposed 50 targeted girl’s primary/middle schools and 30 Boys Schools in district Zhob for the provision of safe drinking water and sanitation facilities, and promotion of improved hygiene practices among school children for building a child friendly environment in the schools. The ultimate goal of the project is to support education department by contributing to increased school enrollment and reduction in the high drop out rate in the district.

Reproductive Health


Deprivation, vulnerability and insecurity define poverty in Pakistan and it is estimated that at present 16 million Pakistanis are living in absolute poverty.

The cycle of poverty is exacerbated by ill health. This is perpetuated by a lack of awareness of the importance of rights associated with health, in particular to Women and adolescents.

The low levels of knowledge about health issues and availability of health services are illustrated in the high maternal mortality rates (MMR), 350-400 deaths per 100,000 live births nationally while in Balochistan it is 530-800 and Infant Mortality Rated (IMR) 90 deaths per 1000 live births nationally while the figure is abysmally 105 in Balochistan. Studies conducted confirm serious disparities in demand and supply of the RH services specifically in the areas of Emergency Obstetric Care (EmOC), Family Planning (FP), HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STls), and Sexual and Gender-based Violence (GBV).

In Balochistan, generally the health services have been provided through static health facilities like BHUs, RHCs and DHQs offering basic primary health care (PHC) services and to some extent basic and comprehensive EmOC services. Reproductive Health (RH) is recognized as a basic human right that applies to all, men, women, youth and adolescents. However, there is still an enormous gap in the provision of broadened Reproductive Health Care (RHC) in the areas of Emergency Obstetric Care (EmOC), family planning (FP), HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STls),

and Gender-based Violence (GBV). The shift of focus from primary health care to RH, the lack of financial, technical and community resources undoubtedly are impacting the communities living in Balochistan with low literacy levels, rigid tribal setups, and poor road infrastructure. Furthermore, key RH indicators for Balochistan are poorer in comparison to national estimates, reflecting low levels of awareness, gender disparities, poor capacity of service delivery system and also an unmet need for RH services amongst local populations.

Existing problems

BRSP aims to address the identified gaps in both the supply and demand for Reproductive Health services, such as: inadequately equipped and functioning facilities; weak referral systems; poor access to Emergency Obstetric Care (EmOC) services; poor Health Service Providers knowledge of modern contraceptive methods, safe sex promotion, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS transmission; limited access to safe blood transfusions; absence of addressing Gender-based Violence; lack of male involvement in RH issues; limited decision-making power of women; lack of adolescent RH services; lack of infection prevention protocols; and low community awareness of RH services.

Objectives of Reproductive Health program

  1. Mobilize communities for improved awareness of RH issues and rights, and enhanced demand for access to RH services;
  2. Improve access to standardized reproductive and sexual health services for women, men and adolescents;
  3. Strengthen governance and management of health sector for effective RH care through Skill Development;
  4. Ensure political commitment for advancing RH status of the communities in the province;

Program implementation strategy

Community Mobilization

  • Holding sensitization meetings with already existing COs (Community Organizations) and VOs (village organizations) of BRSP;
  • Establishing/strengthening male and female Village Health Committees (VHCs) at the community level through COs and VOs;
  • Establishing a referral system from the community level to the relevant health facility;
  • Sensitizing and educating communities including men, women, youth, adolescents and community gate keepers (decision makers) for improved awareness through community meetings, group counseling, peer education, life skills based education, IEC, Theatre, Popular music and other appropriate means of communication about a broad range of RH issues and rights, health care seeking behaviors, service provision etc.


Service Provision

  • Upgrading and equipping facilities with essential supplies including RH commodities, condoms, contraceptives, delivery kits, resuscitation equipment)
  • Establishing and strengthening a functional referral system and village based ambulance services for basic and comprehensive EmOC;
  • Recruiting Women Medical officers/LHVs to strengthen the facilities as per requirements
  • Strengthening the screening and supply of safe blood through DHQs
  • Establishing and strengthening community-based RH care services provided by LHWs, CHEs, TBAs and other Birth Attendants (BA); including provision of safe delivery kits, STI management kits, Contraceptives 


  • Trainings and capacity building activities
  • Establishing and building the capacity of Community Health Educators (CHEs) on counselling and communication about RH (including puberty, conception, STIs, FP, GBV etc)
  • Skill building of traditional birth attendants.
  • Skill Building of public and private medical doctors and LHVs on Safe Motherhood (including EmOC, tetanus toxoid (TT) vaccination, STI management, Modern Methods of FP, Counselling and Communication on RH issues, Youth Friendly Health Services etc.



  • Establish district advisory groups comprising politicians, tribal elders, government officials and religious leaders.
  • Organizing advocacy workshops and seminars at union council, district and provincial level
  • Commemorating international days i.e. Health Day, Youth Day, Women’s Day,
  • Establishing active linkages with provincial and district governments to advocate RH issues
  • Producing Radio and TV documentaries


BRSP’s current interventions in Reproductive Health

  1. European Commission funded project “Improved Reproductive Health Status of Women, Men, Youth and Adolescents in Pakistan”

    The project “Improved Reproductive Health Status of Women, Men, Youth and Adolescents in Pakistan” has been designed by BRSP for district Mastung and Pishin. It is a 42 month venture starting from January 2009 that focuses to improve the Reproductive Health and overall well being of women, men, youth, and adolescents in Balochistan province.

    BRSP envisages increasing access to, enhancing demand for and improving management of Reproductive Health particularly maternal and child health services in public and private sectors RH service facilities. The project aims to enhance community awareness of RH issues, including the right to RH services, and empower vulnerable people to exercise their right and responsibility to access quality RH services. It also strengthens the service delivery by enhancing the capacities of service providers and service delivery points. Furthermore, BRSP also advocates key policy makers and opinion leaders to ensure political commitment for developing an enabling environment for RH interventions.

Family Advancement for Life & Health (FALAH)

The project Family Advancement for Life & Health (FALAH) is implemented in 20 districts of Pakistan by a consortium led by Population Council and the other partners include Greenstar Social Marketing, HANDS-Health & Nutrition Development Society, JHPIEGO, Mercy Corps, RSPN-Rural Support Programme Network, Save the Children-USA and Balochistan Rural Support Programme (BRSP). BRSP is implementing the social mobilization component in two districts of Khuzdar and Jafarabad. The project primarily focuses on Repositioning of Family Planning/Birth Spacing as a health intervention, addressing unmet needs by increasing contraceptive choices and access to quality family planning services in public and private sectors and enhancing contraceptive security in 20 districts of Pakistan.










    Mal-nutrition is a major problem in Balochistan. Approximately 14% children in Balochistan are wasted (Low weight for Height). After the devastating flood in the June 2007, the situation further deteriorated. Poverty is endemic in the province; literacy rates less than 40 percent (only 20 percent for women) and health facilities extremely poor. Keeping in view the gravity of the problem, BRSP stepped in the Nutrition sector to prevent the mortality and morbidity caused by malnutrition. Therapeutic Feeding program in five district and Community-based therapeutic Care in five districts and Supplementary Feeding Program were started in one district of Balochistan. 











  Balochistan Rural Support Program has developed an integrated approach to improve poor nutrition conditions caused due to deficiency of micro and macro nutrients intake in poor rural areas of Balochistan. The strategy is to build its Program on recent initiatives undertaken by NGOs/donor agencies/government in order to address nutrition needs of the flood affected areas in Balochistan.

  1. Vision/ Goal

    To improve the nutrition statue of children under five and pregnant and lactating women the most vulnerable group of our society.

    Programmatic objectives

    • To prevent an increase in child mortality and morbidity after flood through life saving nutrition interventions;
    • To built the capacity of organization in the field of feeding program which has never addressed;
    • To built the capacity of the health care provider in the field of nutrition;
    • To build the capacity of community for prevention of malnutrition;

    Strategy for program implementation

    To intervene and address the issue of malnutrition in rural areas of Balochistan through social mobilization, community awareness and services delivery;

    Major components of Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM)



  1. Community Mobilization and Supplementary Feeding Program:


LHWs/ CHWs are oriented to screen children 6-59 months, pregnant and lactating mothers through MUAC in the community. All the identified moderately malnourished children and women are registered under the SF program and provided with their first ration of fortified blended food for two weeks with key messages. The team registers severely malnourished children/complicated cases and refers them to the OTP. Community mobilization, follow-up of the children and women registered under the nutrition program, promotion of IYCF practices are an on-going process conducted by the LHWs/ CHWs.

  1. Out-Patient Care (OTP) at Community Level:
    Medical Officers are mobile with Field supervisor. The doctors are responsible for taking MUAC and weight for height and clinically examine the child. Severely malnourished children with no complications are registered under the OTP program. The children are provided with one or two weekly rations of RUTF and necessary medicines. The complicated cases are referred to the in-patient facility in the district and field supervisor monitors all screening process and health sessions and she also insures 100% participation of the community in SFP an OTP.

  1.  In-patient care for complicated malnourished children:
    The community based Supplementary feeding (SFP) and the facility based Out-patient care program (OTP) refers all the complicated malnourished children to the facility based in-patient care at the TFC or the stabilization center. A medical officer (preferably government staff) is trained to follow the protocols of the in-patient care. The child’s weight for height and necessary information is noted and the child admitted in the program for a week (phase one of TFC). Once the complications have been treated the child is referred back to the OTP or community site from where the child was initially referred. The child is given his/her further treatment at the OTP or the SFP site in his/her community.


Establishment of three component of the CMAM:

  1. Community Mobilization
  2. Supplementary Feeding Program
  3. Outpatient Therapeutic Care


BRSP’s current intervention in Nutrition

BRSP is implementing a project in collaboration with UNICEF Quetta in three districts of Balochistan i.e. Khuzdar, Kharan and Nushki. The project spans over for a period of six months (May-Nov 08). The project will build local capacities of LHWs, CHWs, medical technicians, doctors, Community health Promoters, Social Mobilizers in nutrition related activities including supplementary feeding and therapeutic feeding. BRSP will also facilitate the provision of supplies including Unimix, Plumpy Nuts, necessary medicine and anthropometric equipments for the project.

Project objectives:

  • To facilitate the improvement in nutritional status of moderately malnourished children, pregnant and lactating mothers through supplementary feeding points at community level
  • To facilitate treatment of severely malnourished children with no complications at community level through OTP
  • To facilitate treatment of severely malnourished children through in-patient care facility or TFC in the district
  • To provide health and nutrition related information including breastfeeding, complementary feeding, health, hygiene, hand washing, clean drinking water to mothers and community members.

Direct Beneficiaries in Ongoing Project:

  • Severely malnourished children with complications: 334
  • Severely Malnourished Children with no complications: 1895
  • Moderately Malnourished Children: 8486
  • Pregnant/Lactating mothers: 4554

Indirect beneficiaries:

  • Women provided health and nutrition education
  • Community health promoters, social mobilizes, local NGOs, doctors, paramedics working in the areas.
  • Staff who are involved in the implementation of the project as they will gain technical expertise in nutrition intervention.


Expected outcomes

The project is expected to achieve the following outcomes upon its completion:

  • Contribute in reducing the child mortality and morbidity in the flood affected areas in district Khuzdar, Kharan and Noushki by saving lives of severely malnourished children through the provisions of facility based and community-based therapeutic care facilities.
  • Prevent further deterioration of the nutritional status in the mild and moderately malnourished children (six to fifty nine months) pregnant and lactating mothers by providing them with immediate access to fortified supplementary food.
  • Share key messages on infant and young child feeding, hygiene and sanitation
  • Build capacity of doctors, community health promoters and social immobilizers in providing nutrition related services including general screening, Supplementary feeding, OTP and facility based treatment.



 Water & Sanitation






Balochistan has the lowest water and sanitation indicators in Pakistan. The poor are particularly vulnerable in this context. The urban poor spend a disproportionately large part of their income buying water from vendors while in rural areas fetching water from long distances is the responsibility of women and children. Inadequate sanitation facilities lead to a prevalence of disease especially among the poor who, as a result, spend a significant proportion of their income on requisite medical care. Insufficient attention to wastewater treatment and disposal is also causing severe environmental problems in the province. There are no solid waste management facilities in rural areas and households simply dump solid waste either in their lanes or in adjacent open plots. The increased use of plastic bags has made it very difficult to use the solid waste as manure.






Access to safe water and sanitation and solid waste disposal are basic human rights. They are an essential component of primary health care and are important for poverty alleviation. Provision of safe water supply and sanitation services are an effective health intervention that reduces the mortality caused by water-borne diseases by an average of 65% and the related morbidity by 26%. Inadequate sanitation and water result not only in more sickness and death, but also in higher health costs, lower worker productivity and lower school enrolment.

WATSAN as a sector in BRSP

BRSP has been providing WATSAN facilities to the marginalized communities as a Health and Hygiene component in its CPI (Community physical infrastructure) program. The program extended in the June 2007 floods when water supply sources and sanitation facilities were damaged and as a result BRSP took lead and started provision of WATSAN activities to the affected population partly living in IDP camps and partly without better shelter facilities under scorching heat. After its rich experience in the emergency, BRSP has now initiated WATSAN as a sector in its regular programs.


Programmatic Mission

Provision of safe drinking water, improved sanitation facilities and basic hygiene education to the marginalized communities in Balochistan;

Leading Provincial Sanitation Policy and Action Plan

BRSP took a lead role in the development of the Balochistan Provincial Sanitation policy and Action Plan. The Sanitation Policy has been framed in the context of its overarching National Sanitation Policy and guideline 2006 and National Environment Policy 2005.

The goal of the Provincial Sanitation Policy is to ensure that the entire population of Balochistan has access to a safe sanitary environment.

The sanitation policy has been drafted to meet the MDGs whereby the " proportion of people without sustainable access to improved sanitation will be reduced by half (50%), by the year 2015 and all (100%) population will be served by the year 2025 with improved sanitation".


Contribution in WATSAN in Flood affected areas

Access to water supply and sanitation is a fundamental need and a Human right. It is vital for the dignity and health of all people. In order to ensure clean drinking water and sanitation facilities in the flood affected areas of District Bolan and Khuzdar following contributions were made:

  • 300 Hand Pumps (150 HPs in Tehsil Nall (Khuzdar) and 150 in Tehsil Urnach (Khuzdar)) were repaired,
  • 13 wind mills were rehabilitated
  • 497 latrines were constructed,
  • Water tankering with 15000 gallons per day provided to affected population

After floods, some of the affected communities were moved in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps. As water borne diseases were affecting increased number of affectees and solid waste was not disposed off properly therefore BRSP took a strong step of sensitization and training communities and providing them materials to help them in this regard. In District Khuzdar and Bolan BRSP provided hygiene relevant supplies including water purification material, Personal Hygiene Kit, Family Hygiene Kit, water, adequate sanitation facilities etc.

Current Activities of BRSP in WATSAN Sector:

BRSP in collaboration with UNICEF-Balochistan, is currently implementing “WASH project in the proposed 03 targeted Tehsils of District Khuzdar by installation of 70 New Hand pumps and construction of 400 VIP latrines for provision of safe drinking water and sanitation facilities, further more hygiene education is also provided for promotion of improved hygiene practices among flood effected population. BRSP is working in 15 BHUs of Khuzdar district regarding improvement of health facilities and water testing facilities.

BRSP is also engaged in the provision WATSAN facilities in 50 Girls and 30 boys schools in District Zhob in collaboration with UNICEF. This is the first step of BRSP towards a regular WATSAN program in this sector.


Geographical Coverage:

  1. Khuzdar
  2. Bolan
  3. Zhob

Profile of Water and Sanitation Situation in Balochistan
Indicator (%)1995/96
2004, MCS
Access to improve Drinking Water848644468438
Access to excreta Disposal485740409129
Access to Waste Water disposal595117105201
Access to Solid Waste collection & disposalN/A19N/A05260











Livestock plays an important role in Pakistan's economy, and contributes about 9.3 per cent to the GDP of the country and it contributes 52 per cent in the GDP of the province, Balochistan. Its share in agriculture is 38.4 per cent while it's net foreign exchange earnings at Rs. 51.5 billion in 2001-02 accounted for 11.4 per cent of the overall export earnings. The northern range lands are considered better in grazing, because of better average rainfall. They constitute 38 per cent of the total area but carry about 76 per cent of the total livestock in the province. The rest 62 per cent area sustains about 24 per cent of the livestock.

Of Balochistan's total area of 34.8 million hectors, only 4 per cent is cultivated. The remaining is range land which provides more than 90 per cent of the feed requirements of sheep and goats.








The climate of the province, being arid, is suited to sheep and goats. Numbering about 20 million, 46 per cent sheep and 23 per cent goats of the total number in the country are in Balochistan. The migratory livestock constitutes about 90 per cent of the livestock population, moving from uplands to lowlands in winter and going back in summer.

BRSP's priorities in the livestock sector

  1. Provision of livestock preventive and curative services at the door steps of farmers;
  2. Poverty alleviation through livestock sector;
  3. To increase production of Meat and Milk;
  4. To improve livestock Marketing system;
  5. To develop linkages between farmers and line departments;


BRSP's current interventions in the livestock sector

BRSP is implementing a federal govt. project "Prime Minister Special Initiatives for Livestock" in five districts of Balochistan i.e Zhob, Killa Saif ullah ,Pishin, Kalat and Mastung. Through this project, BRSP has established 42 veterinary clinics in the mentioned five districts which are providing preventive and curative services to the livestock farmers i.e. vaccination, de-worming, dipping and treatment.

Objectives of the Prime Minister's Livestock project

  1. Enhanced productivity through development of new technologies ,scientific methods of farming and improved management practices.
  2. Exploit export potential.
  3. Promote import substitution of milk and Dairy products.
  4. Ensure availability of credit.
  5. Improve livestock marketing infrastructure;
  6. Poverty Alleviation;

Future plans

  • Initiate artificial insemination component;
  • Embryo Transfer component;
  • Rural poultry development;
  • Demonstration Lamb fattening;
  • Calf Fattening (purchase from livestock department on subsidized rates)
  • Introduce Breed improvement programme;



Photo Gallery

Balochistan, the country’s largest province with extremely low-density population and high incidence of poverty, is undeniably the country’s worst neglected region. The province, with the geographical area of 347,000 sq/km (35 million hectares) is the largest province of Pakistan. It is located between 600-700 longitude and 250-300 latitude in the northern hemisphere. It has got a varied climate from the sea coast in the south to plateaus 8000 feet above the sea level in the north east.










Five distinct ecological zones have traditionally been described in the province, based on varying agro ecological factors. Under diversified agro climatic conditions prevailing in the different agro ecological zones of the province, about 65 different crops are successfully grown in both Rabi and Kharif seasons which contributes to the diversity of agriculture in the province.









  The province of Balochistan falls completely under arid /semiarid zone. The average annual precipitation ranges from 300-400 mm in the north western region s to 75-100 mm in the south western section. The limited rainfall and scarce water availability drastically restrict the amount of land under cultivation. The relative importance of commodity production value is calculated as livestock 37%, fruit 25%, field crops26%, fisheries 9% and vegetable crops 3%.


BRSP in Agriculture Sector

BRSP has initiated Crop Maximization Project (CMP) titled "Special program for food security and productivity enhancement of small farmers in 1012 Villages" funded by MINFAL in four districts i.e. Pishin, Khuzdar, Jafarabad and Killa Saifullah in July 2008. The project aims at food security and crop productivity enhancement of small farmers. BRSP will be leading the social mobilization component in Balochistan where the major activities include: organizing and empowering farmers’ community by forming their Village Organizations (VOs), Capacity Building for Crop Productivity & Income Enhancement of VO members and establishment of small enterprises i.e. rural poultry farming, fish farming, off-season vegetable production, aqua culture, bee farming, fruit and forest plant nurseries and market linkage development.


Project Rationale

One third of the population of Pakistan lives below poverty line. The Mid Term Development Framework (2005-2010) target for poverty reduction on the basis of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) is to reduce the proportion of population below the calorie based food plus non-food poverty line to 20% by 2010. A principle strategy adopted in the Mid Term Development Framework (MTDF) is to achieve self-reliance in critical agricultural commodities, ensure food security and improve productivity of crops through such measures as improvement in water use efficiency through precision land leveling and seepage control, use of improved seed and balanced fertilizer, emphasis on high value crops and institutional agricultural credit. It also emphasizes a knowledge based market growth with the support and involvement of the private sector for poverty reduction and human resource development in line with Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).



  1. Broad Objectives of the project are to: a) supplement the country's on-going efforts to increase food production through productivity enhancement of small farmers and aiding the production and distribution of agricultural products with appropriate value addition and marketing; (b) ensure food security and alleviate poverty through improving income of small farmers and (c) build a sustainable mechanism to ensure continuity for the productivity enhancement and food security program in the post project.
  2. The Development Objective is to ensure adequate food supply through increased production of food and cash crops, creation of employment, sustainable livelihood and income generation for increased access to food particularly of the food insecure population.


Specific tasks are:

  1. Mobilization of farming communities and establishment of village organizations for collective participatory development;
  2. Training of Village Organization (VO) groups and project staff in participative management;
  3. Training of farming groups and supporting institutions in the use of enhanced agricultural technology;
  4. Financing of VO and their service operations in support of the project;
  5. Providing specific knowledge for integrating production and marketing and value adding activities of small rural entrepreneurs;

The social mobilization component of the project has been awarded to BRSP in Balochistan. Under this component 120 villages are targeted. In each target village Farmer Associations (FAs) are formed at different geographical locations of the village. These Farmer Associations (FAs) are then trained on CMST which enable them to federate into on Village Organization (VO). The office bearers of the VO are then trained on CMST and Revolving Fund management Training (RFMT).

After acquiring the skills Government would help the VOs in establishing a Revolving Fund mechanism in either Cash or Kind.


  RSPN Rural Support Programme Network

1.National Rural Support Programme (NRSP)

2.Baluchistan Rural Support Programme (BRSP)

3.Panjab Rural Support Programme (PRSP)

4.Sarhad Rural Support Programme (SRSP)

5.Sindh Rural Support Organization (SRSO)

6.Agha Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP)

7.Thardeep Rural Development Programme (TRDP)

8.Ghazi Barotha Taraqiati Idara (GBTI)


 Pishin at a glance

(1998 Cencus)

  • Total area of Pishin Region          7,819 sq km


  • Total population    376728  Male=199936 , Female=176792


  • Urban Population    22,955   Male=12,436  , Female=10,519


  • Rural Population      353773  Male=187500  ,Female=166273


  • Total Number of Tehsils                           4


  • Total Number of Union Councils                      38 


  • Urban Union Councils                                    2


  • Rural Union Councils                               36


  • Total Number of Revenue Villages             390


  • Total Number of HH                              50539


  • HH size                                                  6.8


  • Population Density per  KM                       48


  BRSP Approach  

First Tier:


Community Organization

15 – 25 HH




10649HH in 914 COs


2nd Tier:

 VDO Formation

60 – 70% HH Organized


390 VDOs


Process needs to be initiated

 3rd Tier:

 Local Support Organization (LSO)

60 – 70% VDOs formed




Only 5 LSOs to be formed this year



Target Population

                  Target       Accessed    

 Population (Rural) 

353773 Male=187500,Female=166273


  Way Forward

1.Village Development Plan (MIS developed)

2.Communal PITDs (On the basis of prioritized needs)

3.Enterprise Development

4.Human Resource Development

5.Networking of COs through VDOs and LSOs

6.Linking COs with other Organizations


 Regional Office Pishin Staff


Mr Niamatullah Miryani 

             (Regional Program Officer)


Mr Faisal Khan Tareen

              (Program Officer HRD)


Mr Muhammed Munawar Panezai

                  (Chief Social Organizer)


Mr Amanullah Khan

               (Finance & Accounts Officer)


Mr Irfan Kasi

                (Admin Officer)


Mr Mir Hafiz

                 (DPMR Health)


Mr Habibullah Tareen

                  (APO Monitoring)


Muhammmed Akbar Tareen

                  (SSO WATSN Project)