The Southern Punjab Poverty Alleviation Project will be implemented in the districts of Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, Muzafargarh and Rajanpur. The total rural population of these districts is estimated to be 8.6 million or just over 1.2 million households.
The project objective is to increase the incomes of the target population by enhancing their employment potential and boosting agricultural productivity and production.
The project will benefite landless casual labourers, smallholder farmers and woman-headed households. It is expected that about 80,000 poor rural households from four districts will benefit directly from the project.
The project will assist the Government of Punjab in achieving its economic growth and poverty alleviation objectives.
One of the innovations of the Southern Punjab Poverty Alleviation Project is the use of the poverty scorecard as an effective targeting instrument.