Institut für Ernährungswirtschaft und Verbrauchslehre

Muhammad Faisal Shahzad, M.Sc.

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  • Climate Change, Water scarcity, Agricultural Productivity, Food Security.

Muhammad Faisal Shahzad, M.Sc.

Lebenslauf (Englisch)

Research Interests:

Climate Change, Water scarcity, Agricultural Productivity, Food Security.

Personal Data
Nationality Pakistani
Date of Birth 01.02.1987


Year Education
Since 04/2016 PhD student at the Department of Food Economics and Consumption Studies, University of Kiel, Germany
09/2009-11/2011 M.Sc. (Hons.) Agricultural Economics, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan
11/2005-05/2009 B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture and Resource Economics, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan
11/2002-10/2004 F.Sc. Pre-Engineering, Govt. Post Graduate College of Science, Faisalabad, Pakistan
04/2000-08/2002 Matriculation Science Group, Govt. High School 336/GB Toba Tek Singh, Pakistan


Work Experience
Worked as Supervisor, Editor and Enumerator in various Field Surveys of IFPRI, USAID and PSSP projects.

(Pakistan Rural Household Panel Survey, Labor Skills Survey, Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey, Pakistan Cotton Survey, Wheat Varietal Adoption Survey, etc.)


Three months internship experience with WWF-Pakistan
Three months internship experience in Education Department under Punjab Youth Internship Program
One month internship experience of Chief Minister’s “Wheat Maximization Campaign” with DO Agriculture Extension Toba Tek Singh
One year internship experience with District Civil Defense Office Faisalabad


Training and Workshops
Take part in the research and writing workshop in Environmental Economics and Policy jointly organized by the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) Nepal and Sustainable Development policy Institute (SDPI) Pakistan.
Completed various training workshops for enumerators working in projects Farmer Choice of Wheat Varieties, Rural Household Panel Survey and Pakistan Cotton Survey on Socio-Economic Data collection and conducting Surveys organized by Innovative Development Strategies (Pvt. Ltd) Islamabad.
Attended Training workshop on “Socio-Economic Survey Tools for GEF-UNEP-ILRI Asia FAnGR Project”.
Basic General, First Aid and Fire Fighting trainings by District Civil Defense Office Faisalabad


Member of South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE), Nepal.
Field Hearing Partner from Pakistan, Initiative for Equality, USA.


Research Reports
Internship report on “Comparative cost benefit analysis and reduced use of inputs in Better Management Practices (BMP) plots in accordance with Farmer plots in Toba Tek Singh District” submitted to WWF-Pakistan.


Scholarships and Awards
HEC/DAAD Overseas Scholarship for doctoral studies in Germany


PhD Thesis title:

Assessment of Potential Impacts of Climate-induced Water Shortage on Grain Production and Food Security in Pakistan.


Ongoing Project:

Assessment of Potential Impacts of Climate-induced Water Shortage on Grain Production and Food Security in Pakistan.

Severe climate change is making World weather uncertain due to increased pressure of demographic and environmental factors. Greenhouse gasses (carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide) emissions are drastically increasing throughout the world. Warm atmosphere, decrease in snowfall and ice, rising sea level, unpredicted changes in precipitation and greenhouse gasses concentrations are causing extreme weather and climatic events. Periodic variations of climate change may have a significant impact on water, agriculture, forestry, food supply, human health, ecological zones and finally the global economy. Ruin effect of higher temperature on geographic locations cause unanticipated rainfall and loss in snowfall, floods, and water shortage, which as a consequence adversely affect agriculture, food production and distribution. Water resources are depleting with climate change and becoming most important concerns over the world. The gap between supply and demand of water is increasing due to the climate change. Pakistan classifies as water scarce country that is directed toward absolute water scarce if adequate measures not taken. Monsoon variations and intensity also cause disparity in water availability for irrigation. The increase in temperature is leading dry regions towards droughts. Pakistan is highly vulnerable and at high risk due to vague precipitation predictions. Loss of snow cover results in river flow reductions which are reliable and stable source of irrigation. Water runoff in summers causes floods and creates considerable reductions in dry season flow.

The decrease in water availability, resulted from climate change, is a major issue to study which is generating food insecurity by affecting the agriculture productivity. Study intends to make a healthy endeavor in analyzing the climate change effects on irrigation water for agriculture grain production in Pakistan. Assessment of the climate change impacts on water resources and agriculture grain production are planned to put together. Some policy measures to adopt climate change for enhancing water availability, better quantity and quality of agriculture grain production are intended to design.

Completed Projects:

Comparative Economics of Bt vs. Conventional Cotton Production in District Toba Tek Singh and Food Security Concerns under various Scenarios of Bt Cotton Production.