Women’s contribution to agriculture across South Asia is often overlooked, yet the evidence suggests that they play a central role, particularly in livestock management. Here Sultana Ali and Abdur Rehman Cheema draw on their fieldwork to highlight the specific nature of women’s agricultural work in rural Sindh, and the benefits of making this more visible and properly remunerated. Agricultural and livestock activities are the most important source of income for rural households in Pakistan. In 2015-16 livestock contributed 58.55 per...READ MORE
By: Abdur Rehman Cheema and Mehvish Riaz Education crisis in developing countries cannot be fixed until the children of the elite are made to enroll in the same schools where ordinary citizens are educated. Today, Pakistan is the largest recipient of the UK’s aid with most of the money spent on reforms in education sector. However, this amount of nearly $150 million is just two percent of the country’s education budget of $7.5 billion. This clearly shows, notwithstanding little foreign...READ MORE
At the World Economic Forum in 2015, water crisis was declared the number one risk that could impact societies globally as a measure of devastation. Due to unsustainable water use, groundwater resources are depleting at an alarming rate in many parts of the world, with almost one in every 10 people (663 million people) not having access to safe water. In Lahore, the current water withdrawal rate – the total volume removed from a water source such as a lake...READ MORE
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