Success stories are sometimes associated with one person but that is seldom the whole truth. This project happened because some of the finest individuals in Pakistan got together to work on it, and succeeded in persuading the people and the government that there was a better way of doing things. This way of making things work was discovered through years of research and application in the katchi abadis of the country, and then adapted to Lodhran, after further research, in view of what prevailed there. But the reason this experience came to Lodhran, and not just another place, is that Lodhran had a campaigner, namely, Jahangir Khan Tareen, who brought the experience and the people concerned to Lodhran…
Mr. Jahangir Khan Tareen
Jahangir Khan Tareen is a leading expert on agriculture, sustainable development, rural economy and agri-business. Recognizing his knowledge and skills, Government of the Punjab appointed him as Chairman of the Task Force on Agriculture Development in 1997. Under his dynamic leadership the task force played a landmark role in modernizing the management of major crops and achieving food autarky in Punjab.
After obtaining his Master in Business Administration from University of North Carolina, United States of America, Mr. Tareen worked in Department of Public Administration, University of Punjab, and later at Grind lays Bank, Lahore (1975-77) in the corporate banking division. Known for his entrepreneurial skills he bought 1500 acres of barren land in South Punjab at Lodhran from 1978 to 1997 and developed it into the most modern and state of the art cotton, wheat, mango and vegetable farm in the country.
Between 1981 and 1990, he spearheaded the turning around the Pepsi Cola bottlers in Multan and Lahore as Managing Director and Chairman of the Franchise. As Managing Director of JDW Sugar Mills Limited. Rahim Yar Khan, he has pioneered many farmer friendly initiatives in order to enhance productivity and profitability of both farmers and the sugar mills.
Mr. Tareen has panache for philanthropy and public service. He is on Board of Directors of numerous rural development and poverty alleviation organizations. He served as Member Board of Directors of National Rural Support Programme (NRSP) and Punjab Rural Support Programme (PRSP) established on the pattern of Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP), and was instrumental in bringing RSPs operations to South Punjab. He is Senior Advisor, on Natural Resource Management (NRM), to National Rural Support Programme and Punjab Rural Support Programme (PRSP).
Presently Director of Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund, an autonomous public company set up by the World Bank and Government of Pakistan to administer a $l00m World Bank Fund. PPAF has been instrumental in capacity building of a large number of civil society organizations, and not for profit bodies working for poverty alleviation in Pakistan. Lodhran Pilot Project (LLP) a personal commitment of Mr. Tareen, of which he is Chairman and sponsor, was set up in 1999, on the lines of renowned Orangi Pilot Project (OPP). The legendary Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan personally visited Lodhran on persuasion of Mr. Tareen, and launched the programme.
As senior advisor, South Asia Poverty Alleviation Programme, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Shoaib Sultan Khan has undertaken since August 1994, setting up of demonstration pilots in the six countries of the SAARC region, on the pattern of the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP), a highly successful rural development programme, whose evolution has been overseen by Mr. Khan since its inception in December1982, which has been internationally recognized for its innovative and effective approach.
Mr. Khan obtained his Master of Arts degree in English from Lucknow University. He joined the Civil Service of Pakistan in 1955, and subsequently completed a Public Administration Course at the University of Cambridge. Mr. Khan has a Bachelor of Laws degree from Peshawar University, in addition to which he has also done academic work at Birmingham University and at Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford. .During the tenure with the Government, Mr. Khan served as Deputy Director of Civil Service Academy. Deputy Commissioner Kohat and Peshawar, Commissioner of Karachi Division: Secretary of Health, education and Social Welfare, Government of North West Frontier Province and Director of the Pakistan Academy of Rural Development.
Mr. Khan’s career in rural development dates back to 1959 when he came in contact with Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan. On the pattern of Comilla Project, he established the Daudzai Pilot Project of the integrated Rural Development Programme in Pakistan in 1972. In 1978, he went to Nagoya, Japan, as a consultant to the United Nations Centre for Regional Development. Between 1979 and 1982, he worked in Sri Lanka as the UNICEF consultant on the Mahaweli Ganga Development Project.