Pakistan Mission Director
US Agency for International Development
Acting Director, South Asia Center
The US Agency for International Development's (USAID) work in Pakistan is a leading component of America's strategy to establish strong partnerships and stability in a strategically important region. Over the past five years, USAID has initiated innovative food security projects within the agriculture and technology sectors, particularly to help address Pakistan's massive malnutrition problem. It ranks third in the global burden of malnutrition, with forty-four percent of children under the age of five experiencing stunting. The economic cost to Pakistan amounts to nearly three percent of the country's total GDP, plus an immeasurable negative impact on the country's long-term progress. Gregory Gottlieb, Pakistan Mission Director and Former Head of USAID's Bureau of Food Security, will discuss the Agency's efforts to thwart this potential crisis, and the overall strategy in Pakistan.