Posted on October 15, 2008
Filed Under >Roshan Malik, Economy & Development, Education, Environment, Food
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14 responses to “World Food Day 2008: Soaring Prices and Hunger in Pakistan”

  1. Roshan says:

    MQ
    I am not sure about his published work but will try to explore if he has any. I personally feel that his work and his resilience needs to be acknowledged and of course published.
    He is awesome and is more famous in South Punjab and has lot of fans both in rural and urban areas. He is from Shujabad a tehsil in Multan Distt, thats why his Takhalus is Shakir Shujabadi. He has some serious health problems and is often hospitalized but hardly gets any support from government (as usual).
    Here are few of his Dohras
    http://www.seraikigeet.com/seraiki_poetry.html

  2. MQ says:

    @Roshan:

    This man, Shakir, is a riot. I never heard of him before.

    I wonder where could one get hold of his published work, if any?

  3. readinglord says:

    @Roshan

    Thank you dear for the response.

    My point is what is the sense of raising ‘support price’, but to support the feudals in power when the price of wheat is already soaring high out of the reach of the people at large.

    Do they want to repeat the devastating famine of Bengal in early 1940’s when there was no dearth of eatables but their prices had risen so high that the people lacked the purchasing power to buy them? In the present circumstances the raising of support price seems to be a patently anti-people measure.

  4. Roshan says:

    @readinglord
    Donors here imply for Multilateral Donors (World Bank, Asian Development Bank) or Bilateral Donors (USAID, DFID, AusAid and so on so forth). I have never been a fan of government support price as consumers ultimately have to pay that price. I am more for agriculture policies which favor poor small farmers and protect rural livelihoods rather than helping those big farmers who already have garnered many favors in agriculture policy discourse.
    Nature blessed us with 13 agriculture zones and we are expert in messing up with natural resources. Now a country which had a potential to feed its population is now begging for food support.
    @I agree with your comments regarding population growth and food production. Obviously in long term future, we wont be able match our food production with population growth. But current crisis was not about low production rather was mismanagement of wheat harvested in 2007, which government exported at low prices and then imported at high prices when realizing shortfall of supply in national demand. Additionally, the prices of agriculture inputs (seed, fertilizer, fuel, electricity, transportation) is soaring and causing rise in cost of production.