social capital

our year in review-investment footprint

In the year 2019, our total contribution spent stood at about 507 million rupees as compared to about 490 million rupees in 2018. The attributed to a net gain of 1.5% of monetary spend in our total community investments, about 484 million rupees were directly contributed by Engro Corporation and its associated subsidiaries and 72 million rupees were contributed by external donors and fund-raising partners

community investments by engro foundation

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thematic investment areas 2019

    leading the way for social impact – i am the change

Livelihoods and Capacity Building

In the year 2019, Engro foundation through the commitment from its external and internal donors and hard work of its implementation partners continued to leverage its efforts in inclusive livelihoods and capacity development initiatives. Our total monetary spend was 89 million rupees. This includes our Livelihoods program in Daharki and sustainable fisheries program in Karachi, and projects Enhancing Dairy Skills through Specialized Training, PAVE, and FeedSol as prominent examples



theme initiatives



total investments amounted to

Rs. 89 million

  • introduced younger generation to the opportunities in the field of self-employment and entrepreneurship.
  • improved living standards and income of 7,800+ farmers and 250 families,
  • developed sustainable fishing and ancillary industry.
  • over 1,250 dairy farmers trained by a team of dairy farming specialists from Europe.,
  • supported smaller farmers through yield and improved farming skills.
  • PAVE focuses on seed value chain in order to enhance crop capacity and create market linkages for farmers.
Education and Skills Development

Engro Corporation along with its subsidiaries continue to support education in respective communities that are part of our value chain. It is our practice to adopt schools, through funding, capacity and infrastructure development, ensuring healthy enrollment in lower, middle and high schools. We are supporting more than 35 schools with a total enrollment of more than 7,400 students and teachers in 7 different geographical locations. Our trade based skills training interventions have resulted in increased incentives for finding decent work and employability within our value chains and beyond while our Technical Training College in Daharki continues to award technical skills through its Diploma in Associate Engineering and vocational training programs. In the year 2019, we invested about 53.4 million Rupees in this thematic area.



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total investments amounted to

Rs. 54.4 million

  • successfully running 35+ adopted schools
  • around 7,400+ students and teachers enrolled.
  • more than 450+ students enrolled in higher education and specialized trainings.
  • over 600+ students graduated with diploma in associate engineering and specialized vocational trainings.
Health and Infrastructure

Together with our partners Engro has invested about 141.46 million Rupees in running health facilities and infrastructure development to facilitate basic and quality health services in our neighboring communities. We currently operate five health centers and clinics along with health programs and medical camps and, in the year, ending 2019, approximately 85,000 patients were treated.



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total investments amounted to

Rs. 141.4 million

  • conducted health awareness and counselling sessions to over 768 individuals.
  • more than 85,000 treated and under treatment in 2019.
  • promoted quality healthcare and safety to remote and under priviledged areas such as Daharki, Qadripur and Sukkur.
  • focused on providing OPD, pre-natal and post-natal delivery services, mobil health units, etc.

    enhancing livelihoods in our value chains: success stories

PAVE (Partnerships and Value Expansion in Seed Value Chains)
PAVE is a 2.5 year business inclusive project jointly funded by DFAT (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) Australia and Engro Fertilizers, which aims to develop the seed value chain of rice, wheat and vegetables in Pakistan, making it more inclusive for smallholder farmers, particularly female farmers, by building on their capacities and creating market linkages for them. The goal is to increase income of smallholders by helping them become seed-multiplying farmers and users of quality and certified seed in conjunction with modern farming practices and latest farming technologies so that farmers can maximize yields and incomes. It also enables small farmers to produce their own quality seeds for future crop needs and sharing amongst farming communities. Furthermore, it also promotes gender diversity in the farming industry by engaging females to actively participate in trainings and exposure trips which is evident with more than 600 female beneficiaries.

Beneficiary: Sardar Muhammad (Male, Saranwala, Sheikhupura, Punjab, Pakistan)

A change that impacted three generations of farmers

Baba Sardar a 70 years old farmer took the initiative with a pioneering step to offer his plots for demonstration of the PAVE project concepts for the benefit of the whole village and the community of farmers at a time when neighboring farmers were hesitant to convert to modern farming practices.

“As I used to do farming with the age old traditional and conventional practices, sowing rice and wheat only resulting into low profitability because of poor yields. I never thought about changing until PAVE project came and I transformed my farming by switching over to PAVE project concepts”.

PAVE team arrived in our village and I participated actively in their training sessions. I learned the importance of certified seed use and line sowing method, and that changed my mind to adopt this method. Firstly, I raised rice crop with line sowing method which was very fruitful. PAVE team proliferated awareness about best crop management practices and they told each step for raising a successful crop. With the guidance from the PAVE team, I started sowing vegetables along with wheat and rice seed crops. Peas and tinda crops gave me double the profit vs. rice and wheat. I was also registered as a seed supplier with the company and Engro procured my rice and wheat seed crop harvests as seeds.

During last two wheat and two Rice seasons, my 10 acers have permanently been part of the PAVE Project supervised and aggregated 60+ acres seed production plot of 10 seed supplier farmers. In the last four crop seasons, Engro procured 30+ Tons of Rice and wheat seeds each at a premium price.

Best crop Management practices improved my yields from Rice & Wheat Seed plots by 15% and my fields yielded additional 8-10 maunds/ acre of rice and wheat. As a registered seed supplier in agreement with Engro, I was able to get my Rice & Wheat Seed harvests procured and purchased by Engro at premium prices.

As an early adopter, I learned all the techniques of water saving (alternate wetting & drying), direct dry seeding of rice, wheat sowing without ploughing and practiced all of these at innovative interventions at my farm. Later, I actively participated in all the sessions, learned techniques, practiced whatever PAVE teams told me, which eventually improved my profitability. That gave me confidence and I started motivating other fellow farmers by speaking and sharing my success story with the other farmers.

Both me and my wife have become community champions and we are part of a village – based seed enterprise as well. Being senior and known in the community, we mobilize and motivate other (young and old) farmers of our village to switch over to certified seed use, try new and innovative best crop management practices, sow vegetables on some acres and produce seeds to exchange and sell.
Baba Sardar and his family in his paddy seed nursery plots
Baba Sardar and his wife in their vegetables plot

    enhancing dairy skills through specialized trainings

PAVE (Partnerships and Value Expansion in Seed Value Chains)

Beneficiary: Saeeda Lakhair (Female, Dadu)

A step towards self-actualization

Enhancing Dairy Skills through Specialized Trainings was a 14-month project, which started in January 2018 and successfully completed in February 2019, through a joint collaboration between Engro Foundation and FrieslandCampina Engro Pakistan and with the support from the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Sector Support Programme (SSP). TVET Sector Support Programme is funded by the European Union and other partners in close collaboration with the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) as well as provincial Technical Education and Vocational Training Authorities (TEVTAs) and private sector organizations.

The project aimed to support dairy sector in Sindh by enhancing capacity, efficiency and output of dairy farmers and training and developing farm managers and support workers which are critical for modernizing of dairy farms. Under this initiative, over 1,250 dairy farmers and other workers were given the opportunity to learn from experts through contemporary training methods such as classroom training, demonstrative training, on-the-job training and exposure trips.

One of the beneficiaries is Saeeda. She comes from a small village in district Dadu, a district with very high incidence of poverty. She got married at an early age and has six children, 3 daughters and 3 sons. Her husband was a farmer and sole provider for the family but due to his little income they were living in extreme poverty. The need to generate additional income and her enterprising nature prompted her to set up a small grocery shop in her house.

It was while she was running her shop that she got to know about the Enhancing Dairy Skills Through Specialized Trainings initiative. She enrolled herself for extension worker training and after completion, set up a micro enterprise that provides livestock extension services like vaccination, advisory, deworming etc. to dairy farmers in her village.

Her income started to increase as her customer base expanded to other villages, now she earns approximately 20,000 to 25,000 per month from offering livestock extension work, she has recently gotten in touch with other organizations like Thardeep. who pay her an additional 18,000 per month for vaccinating animals and mobilization work in the communities. With a combined income of up to 43,000 per month Saeeda has been able to uplift her household from poverty, according to her the most gratifying feeling for her has been that she is able to continue educating her sons and daughters which would have been difficult had they been dependent on just her husband’s income. Saeeda believes that the trainings have really empowered her. She has learnt a lot about setting up and running a micro-enterprise and additional exposure would really help her in scaling up her micro-enterprise.

Beneficiary: Asma and Seema Parveen

Ghazi Chachar Girls’ Middle School

Engro Foundation is committed to improving the quality of education available to Pakistan’s children, particularly in areas where Engro businesses operate. Over the years, Engro has developed strong partnerships with different organizations and has adopted several government schools in different geographies. This includes areas in Karachi, Sukkur, Ghotki, and Sahiwal districts.

The Foundation also runs 10 primary schools and 3 middle schools in Katcha (riverine) belt of Ghotki district. It started off as an informal education program back in 2001. It posed unique challenges which make running primary schools far more challenging than in any other geography. Challenges include access as the area does not have roads and gets inundated every year, availability of teachers as people are rarely literate, and law and order situation, as the area is safe haven for outlaws due to its inaccessibility.

Katcha school program currently enrolls more than 1660+ students providing these students their only access to high quality education with 35 full time trained teachers. Engro spent approximately Rs. 10M on this project during the year.

Asma and Seema Parveen are the two sisters that belong to the same village of Ghazi Chachar where girls middle school has been established with financial support of Community Development Project, Government of Sindh, Engro Fertilizer Limited, and individual donors.. Katcha, once known as the stronghold of dacoits, where girl’s education was unthinkable, has gradually changed. Engro initiated the idea of developing school for girls but it was difficult to convince parents who mostly believed that girls should be restricted to household after primary education. But with considerable mobilization, the villagers agreed for continuing girl’s education. Asma and Seema completed their primary education from Ghazi Chachar Primary School but had to discontinue their education due to unavailability of middle school.

Ghazi Chachar Girls Middle School not only focuses on education but also arts, embroidery and cooking classes. They are currently in class 8 and spend their time doing embroidery, participating in cooking classes and doing art work for their classes. On different occasions, they set up stalls in the school along with the other girls to present and sell their embroidery to the villagers. Their father is the source of income in their family but their embroidery also earns them money to support the family.

Seema and Asma believe that success in life does not become reality through magic; it takes effort, determination, and hard work which they are ready to put in. They dream to start their own classes of embroidery and textile work to help those women who are in distress to support their families. They hailed the villagers who changed their mind and thanked Engro for promoting girls’ education and establishing a school with proper facilities.

awards and achievements

In the year 2019, Engro was recognized for its great efforts put in the PAVE project by two platforms i.e. Shared Value Awards and Asia Responsible Enterprise Awards. On May 24, 2019, Engro’s PAVE project was recognized by Asia Responsible Enterprise Awards as the ‘Best Social Empowerment’ project and the award was received by the Project Director Mr. Abid Ilyas Dar in front of 300+ participants in Taipei, Taiwan. The other award was received from the Shared Values Awards for Project PAVE being the ‘Best Shared Value Project through Cross-sector Partnership’. The award was received in Melbourne, Australia on October 23, 2019 by Engro Fertilizer’s CEO, Mr. Nadir Salar Qureshi, and CCO Mr. Amir Iqbal