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Pakistan

Welcome to the price transmission page for Pakistan. This page enables you to look into the country and its crops more specifically to gain an understanding of the level of risk and also, to view its historic warning periods per commodity. Select a time range or a specific date to view the data in more detail.

Pakistan

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Background information

Low levels of FDI and international disputes have hampered growth in the highly populated country. Textiles contribute to most of export earnings, making the economy however also vulnerable to shifts in world demand. The abundant natural gas reserves and extraction of minerals could spur the economic growth and offer employment opportunities for the rapidly urbanizing young population. 

From mostly dry deserts in the south up to arctic parts in the north, Pakistan shows a wide variety in climate zones. Approximately a third of the country’s land area is used for agriculture. Major products include cotton, wheat, rice, sugarcane, fruits and vegetables. Frequent earthquakes or flooding however pose a threat to harvests and food security. Agriculture accounts for more than a quarter of GDP and two-fifths of employment. Overall, Pakistan is a net food exporter.

Pakistan reached a value of 0.538 in the HDI (2014) and therefore lags behind compared to neighboring countries. Official modest unemployment rates miss capturing informal labor, underemployment or labor force migration to the Middle East. Roughly every fourth Pakistani is living below the national poverty line and food insecurity persists, although food production is high enough to feed everyone. Almost every second child suffers from stunting. Expanding investment in education is another long-term challenge since less than two-thirds of the population above the age of 15 is literate.