The Research for Agricultural Development Program (RADP) is an umbrella research program of Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) approved by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) on 7th March 2007 at total cost of Rs.2963 million including FEC Rs. 876.49 million (from own sources) for a period of 05 years (later extended up to June 2017).
The background for approving this project is the overwhelming evidence of very high rate of returns to investment in agricultural research. Pakistan is blessed with diverse agro-ecological zones for agricultural production. Pakistan is investing less in agricultural research as compared to some other Asian countries. However, better investment in agricultural research can further improve the economic development of the country. International studies have also clearly shown the benefits of agricultural research throughout the world.
The management structure of the project authorizes the Program Executive Committee (PEC) of the project to approve and fund research sub-projects on priority basis. Mechanism for approvals and implementation of the project has been provided in the project. Programe Steering Committee (PSC) under Seceratary M/o National Food Security & Research provides overall guidance and authorizes technical revision and reappropriation of funds within approved cost and scope.