As a result of AKRSP, government and other development partners’ efforts, farm incomes in Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral more than doubled between 2001 and 2008, while increased staple food crop production has resulted in greater food security for vulnerable populations. With funding from USAID, AKRSP is currently working with government and local partners to develop and implement the Satpara Development Project’s Irrigation Master Plan, primarily in Skardu district. Under this programme, AKRSP is working to improve the management of irrigation water through 149 water user associations. The programme will help farmers take advantage of more reliable irrigation water to diversify their agricultural production. AKRSP will also train farmers’ enterprise groups on new technologies and innovations, and will help them connect with markets and agro-processors to secure higher prices for their crops. Since intractable poverty remains a feature in the remote, mountainous programme area, AKRSP launched a livelihoods enhancement and protection programme in 2012. The initiative provides livestock packages, including training, to 662 particularly poor and vulnerable households and is supported by the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF).