Barkat Project is a Shri’ah complaint model of poverty reduction. It is a social enterprise, benefiting not only the community but also contributing towards self-sustainability of the implementing organization. It creates a chain of beneficiaries along with promotion of livestock as a traditional/local resource.
BARKAT PROJECT Livestock for an Honorable Livelihood
Livestock in rural Pakistan is a way of life that embodies the bond between people, their ancestors and the land.The region is historically linked with the best milk producing cattle and their ownership is considered a source of pride. It, thus, has the potential to play a major role in poverty alleviation in rural areas of Pakistan.
With the support of Turkish organizations, The NGO World Pakistan (TNW) started BARKAT Project, a Sharia’h compliant, livestock-based, poverty alleviation initiative in 2012. They
distributed 100 cows (heifer) along with provision of animal health related facilities and awareness.
The NGO World has developed a comprehensive and objectively verifiable beneficiary identification system to select the most deserving potential beneficiaries in the most vulnerable locales.
Transparency and inclusiveness is ensured by conducting focus group discussions, and by taking the female segment on board. Since the multifaceted perks range from a deep sense of cultural identity to dignified and sustainable poverty alleviation, there is an overwhelming demand for expansion in the scope of the project beyond District Khanewal.
In the wake of the ongoing global financial crunch, sustainable livestock sector development serves to contribute to food and nutritional security, thus enhancing broad based economic growth, enriched livelihood and wellbeing of the actors involved in the cycle. These factors coupled with the Sharia’h compliant model have caught the attention of the Organization of Islamic Countries, which is now conducting a research to study the impact of its replication in other Muslim countries.
To socially uplift the small livestock farming communities and to keep the culture of livestock farming alive, The NGO World aims to train other development actors to replicate the BARKAT model in their respective target areas. The viable gains can easily be multiplied in collaboration with the Government, NGOs and other development institutions.
According to The Planning and Development Department, Government of Punjab, “Livestock plays an important role for the uplift of rural economy by contributing 11.8% in national GDP and 55.5% in the agriculture sector’s share of GDP”.