Asset 1

Global Go To Think Tank Index (GGTTI) 2020 launched                    111,75 Think Tanks across the world ranked in different categories.                SDPI is ranked 90th among “Top Think Tanks Worldwide (non-US)”.           SDPI stands 11th among Top Think Tanks in South & South East Asia & the Pacific (excluding India).            SDPI notches 33rd position in “Best New Idea or Paradigm Developed by A Think Tank” category.                SDPI remains 42nd in “Best Quality Assurance and Integrity Policies and Procedure” category.              SDPI stands 49th in “Think Tank to Watch in 2020”.            SDPI gets 52nd position among “Best Independent Think Tanks”.                           SDPI becomes 63rd in “Best Advocacy Campaign” category.                   SDPI secures 60th position in “Best Institutional Collaboration Involving Two or More Think Tanks” category.                       SDPI obtains 64th position in “Best Use of Media (Print & Electronic)” category.               SDPI gains 66th position in “Top Environment Policy Tink Tanks” category.                SDPI achieves 76th position in “Think Tanks With Best External Relations/Public Engagement Program” category.                    SDPI notches 99th position in “Top Social Policy Think Tanks”.            SDPI wins 140th position among “Top Domestic Economic Policy Think Tanks”.               SDPI is placed among special non-ranked category of Think Tanks – “Best Policy and Institutional Response to COVID-19”.                                            Owing to COVID-19 outbreak, SDPI staff is working from home from 9am to 5pm five days a week. All our staff members are available on phone, email and/or any other digital/electronic modes of communication during our usual official hours. You can also find all our work related to COVID-19 in orange entries in our publications section below.    The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) is pleased to announce its Twenty-third Sustainable Development Conference (SDC) from 14 – 17 December 2020 in Islamabad, Pakistan. The overarching theme of this year’s Conference is Sustainable Development in the Times of COVID-19. Read more…       FOOD SECIRITY DASHBOARD: On 4th Nov, SDPI has shared the first prototype of Food Security Dashboard with Dr Moeed Yousaf, the Special Assistant to Prime Minister on  National Security and Economic Outreach in the presence of stakeholders, including Ministry of National Food Security and Research. Provincial and district authorities attended the event in person or through zoom. The dashboard will help the government monitor and regulate the supply chain of essential food commodities.

The News

Published Date: Jul 28, 2012


The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and the World Food Programme (WFP) put signatures on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to prepare an assessment of food security and nutrition situation in Pakistan here on Friday.

The MoU was signed by Mageed Yahia, deputy country director of the WFP Pakistan, and Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri, executive director of the SDPI. Dr. Shakeel Ahmad Khan, wheat commissioner at the Ministry of National Food Security and Research (MNFSR), was the chief guest on the occasion.

The assessment commissioned by the MNFSR to update the food security situation in the country in view of likely changes due to flood disasters and rising food prices since 2009 will collect data in districts and regions across Pakistan. Results from analysis will show the number of food insecure people in different parts of the country and provide malnutrition figures, including stunting and underweight among below five years children and Global Acute Malnutrition Rates.

The report will be produced in collaboration with United Nations Children’s Fund and FAO.

Mageed Yahia said that the assessment will provide crucial data for all organisations involved in fighting malnutrition and addressing the food needs of the population and is the first major step forward under the government’s Zero Hunger Programme launched earlier this year.

Dr Kevin D. Gallagher, country representative of the Food and Agriculture Organisation, said that despite a cereal exporting country, Pakistan faces challenges in domestic food availability and accessibility in the country. This report, he said, would help in understanding the dynamics of food security at household level and result into better policies aimed at improving food access, availability and consumption in the country.

Dr. Suleri said that the right set of policies requires the right set of information and this report would be important to combat food insecurity in Pakistan. He said this report is the continuity of SDPI’s earlier reports in 2001, 2003, and 2009, which were considered the bible on food security in Pakistan. He informed that after floods of 2010 and 2011, ground realities were changed and this necessitated the fresh study on food security in Pakistan. He said that preliminary finding would be available in December this year while comprehensive report would be published in March 2013.

Speaking at the occasion, Dr Shakeel Ahmad Khan said that the government of Pakistan values the independent opinion and output and hoped that this study would provide a baseline for policy-makers to set priorities for future.