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  • Hameeda from Shagricalan gamba has 25 trees of apricots and apples at her house. She works on harvesting the fruit with good quality and then to sell them in the market.
    AKDN / Danial Shah
  • Dried apricots are now sold in markets across Pakistan and internationally.
    AKDN / Danial Shah
  • Shabeer Hussain is a sales man at the display center of Baltistan Farmers Association, Skardu, Gilgit-Baltistan.The shop sells local products by young men and women entrepreneurs from Baltistan.
    AKDN / Danial Shah
  • Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP), Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan.
    AKDN / Sandra Calligaro
  • AKRSP is responsible for installing hundreds of mini-hydels, the creation of thousands of savings groups, the reclamation and cultivation of hundreds of hectares of degraded land and the mobilisation of almost 5,000 community organisations.
    AKDN / Danial Shah
Agriculture and food security

In 1982, when the first Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) was started in Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral, the rugged region was one of the poorest areas in the developing world. Isolated and bypassed by advancements elsewhere, these rural communities of different ethnic and religious backgrounds struggled to eke out a meagre living, farming small holdings in the harsh environment of this mountainous desert ecosystem. The 1.3 million people in the AKRSP programme area lived in small villages widely dispersed throughout an area covering almost 90,000 square kilometres, an area larger than Ireland.