Food Security has assumed global importance as it impacts UN’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) which are heavily focused on removing hunger by 2030. Food Security is achieved when all people, at all times, have nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. Food security has thus to ensure food availability, affordability and accessibility. These are quite diverse components and need an interdisciplinary approach to tackle them. Thus, there is a dire need to train specialists who are trained not only in the area of food availability but have to become proficient regarding various technologies, marketing, supply chain and different regulatory procedures and protocols governing food affordability and accessibility in the realm of sustainable agriculture.

This Program is offered by the School of Life Sciences (SLS) in collaboration with Centre for Public Policy and Governance (CPPG), School of Management (SoM) and Department of Economics. FCC has all the expertise in its different departments. In addition, renowned professionals will be invited to give lectures on specific topics.


This 6 months interdisciplinary Postgraduate Professional Diploma is being developed in collaboration with a variety of stakeholders including Govt. Departments of Agriculture, Food and Livestock, Agri-business, Food Industry, UN agencies (FAO, WFP, UNDP), World Bank etc.

The curriculum is designed to address critical shortages of experts capable of working in government agencies, NGOs, agriculture, and the food industry as researchers, advisers, policy developers, and managers. The programme offers the opportunity to explore the relationship between food security and such important aspects as vulnerability, hunger, malnutrition and poverty.

This Program is offered by the School of Life Sciences (SLS) in collaboration with Centre for Public Policy and Governance (CPPG), School of Management (SoM) and Department of Economics. FCC has all the expertise in its different departments. In addition, renowned professionals will be invited to give lectures on specific topics.

This is an evening program made up of modules to be covered in 6 months, with 2 lectures 3 days a week.   The list of modules may include the following;

  • Introduction to Global Food Security and Safety
  • Sustainable Development Goals related to food security and poverty
  • Public Policy for Food Security
  • Problems being faced by the rural farming community
  • Issues of Malnutrition and various interventions including SUN (Scaling Up Nutrition) movement
  • Food Security, Water and Energy nexus
  • Overview of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Systems in Pakistan
  • Supply Chain Management; Farm to Fork
  • Overview of National Agriculture Research System (NARS)
  • Climate Change and its impact on Agriculture
  • Regulatory Laws governing food, agriculture and livestock both at national and international level.
  • Modern technologies being employed for sustainable agriculture
  • Sanitary and Phytosanitary System (SPS) including National Animal, Plant Health Inspection Service (NAPHIS)
  • Food Security and Changing Dynamics of Population

All modules will be taught through lectures and tutorials, in which there will be discussion of key concepts, and training in the critical appraisal of published information. In addition, some courses include guest lectures and site visits. Each module will comprise of 5-10 lectures.

This programme should enable students to understand different aspects of Food Security with a sound training in food systems with an international outlook.

This is a Program of 6 months duration with 6 lectures once a week on Saturday. It is particularly focused on In Service professionals who want to upgrade their skills. Any person who has completed 16 years of education in any area of life sciences or social sciences or business management with at least 2 years of experience or 14 years of education with at least 4 years of experience in relevant field will be eligible for admission to this program.

Dr Kauser Abdulla Malik HI, SI, TI

HEC Distinguished Professor and Dean of Postgraduate Studies

PhD (University of Aston, UK)
Fellow Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS)
Fellow The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)
Former Chairman PARC, Islamabad
Former Member Biosciences, PAEC, Islamabad
Former Member (Food/Agri) Planning Commission, Islamabad
Founder Director General NIBGE, Faisalabad
Room # 404, Armacost Science Building
Ext: 504

Dr Samina Mehnaz

Chairperson & Professor

PhD (Quaid –I- Azam University, Islamabad)
MSc (Punjab University, Lahore
Pre-Doctorate fellowship (Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium)
Three Post Doctorate fellowships (Ohio State University, Columbus, USA; Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ontario, Canada; Bonn University, Bonn, Germany)
Ext: 526
Room # 304, Armacost Science Building

Dr Zaffar Mehmood

Associate Professor

PhD (The University of Queensland, Australia)

Dr Saeed Shafqat, Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Chevalier des Palmes Académiques

Professor & Director

Professor Dr. Saeed Shafqat is an eminent social scientist of international repute. He joined FCCU in 2007 as a Professor and founding Director of the Centre for Public Policy and Governance (CPPG). Besides designing and developing the postgraduate academic programs in Public Policy, he launched the publication of Research and News Quarterly.  In 2018 he was […]

Dr Rao Raza Hashim

Dean of Business & Management AND Professor

PhD (University of Warwick, UK) LLB, LLM (University of Warwick, UK)

Muhammad Salman Bilal

Assistant Professor of Operations Management

PhD Scholar (UET, Pakistan) MSc EM (UET, Pakistan) MSc EE (UET, Pakistan)

Zeeshan Bhutta

Chairperson and Assistant Professor of Management

MBA (LUMS, Lahore); MA (GCU, Lahore)
Room # 303, Business and Social Sciences Building
Ext: 384

Dr M Vaqas Ali

Assistant Professor

PhD (School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University)
Room 131, Business and Social Sciences Building
Ext # 643

Dr Uzma Hanif

Assistant Professor

Postdoc (London School of Economics and Political Science, UK) in Climate Change and Indus River System Floods
PhD (University of the Punjab, Lahore) Economic Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture Sector
MPhil (GCU, Lahore) A Comparative Study of Power Generation Technologies in Pakistan
Ext: 401
Room # 226, Business and Social Sciences Building

  • Mr Fakhar Imam, MNA
  • Mina Dowlatchahi, FAOR, Islamabad
  • Rana Wajid, Head, IFFPRI, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Iqrar A. Khan, Former VC, UAF, Faisalabad
  • Talat Naseer Pasha, VC, UVAS, Lahore
  • Dr Yusuf Zafar, Former Chairman, PARC, Islamabad
  • Seerat Asghar, Former Federal Secretary Agriculture, Islamabad
  • Mr, Arif Nadeem, CE, Pakistan Agriculture Coalition, Lahore
  • M. Anjum Buttar, DG, Ag Extension, GoPunjab
  • M. Azeem, Member (Agricuture), Planning Commission, Islamabad
  • Ahsan Rana, Associate Professor of Economics, LUMS, Lahore
  • Agri-industry
  • Food Industry
  • Corporate & Regulatory Affairs
  • Public sector (Government Departments)
  • NGOs
  • World Bank
  • Agri-Finance Funds (Acumen, KARANDAZ etc)
  • International Aid Agencies (USAID, DFID,AUS-Aid etc)
  • Agriculture Banks

Students will be charged @ Rs. 125,000 for 6 months program.

Admission Timeline:

AAdmissions BeginJune 1, 2020
BLast Date for Submission of FormAugust 13, 2020

Date: TBD

(For all the updates check university website)

Time: TBD

Venue: TBD

DMerit ListSubject to University Opening
ELast Date for Fee SubmissionSubject to University Opening
FClasses BeginOctober 26, 2020

Online Application Link:

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