Monthly Archives: January 2003

The fate of our farme

By Zubeida Mustafa
Source: Dawn

FOOD security is fast emerging as a major challenge for third world countries and that includes Pakistan. It was not sheer coincidence that two meetings held on the same day but more than a thousand miles apart last week focused on identical issues and shed light on some stark realities.

In Karachi, Shirkat Gah held a conference on food security and economic sovereignty to create awareness about the problems which loom large and also offer some solutions. The same day in Islamabad, the Mahbubul Haq Human Development Centre launched its annual Human Development in South Asia report for 2002 focusing on agriculture and rural development.
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Who pays for health & education?

By Zubeida Mustafa
Source: Dawn

THE slide in the quality of social services in Pakistan has prompted some serious thinking in concerned circles on who should pay for the education and health care of the people. Now that the idealism of the left is no longer fashionable and market-mania (to borrow the Nobel Prize winning economist Amartya Sen’s term) has swept aside all rational considerations, it requires some courage to suggest that the state must be responsible for educating its citizens and attending to their basic health needs.
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