Agriculture and Food Security

Why do Developing Countries need Agrarian Reforms, not Land Reforms? Part 2

Why do Developing Countries need Agrarian Reforms, not Land Reforms? Part 2

Abstract Developing countries have gone past the stage when redistributive land reforms were needed for equity and efficiency purposes; now they need full spectrum agrarian reforms to reap economies of scale by using modern agricultural machinery and thus increase total factor productivity. These agrarian reforms include formulating appropriate land use policy, improving agricultural terms of…

Global Food Security: Challenges and Response Part 2

Global Food Security: Challenges and Response Part 2

Abstract Food security when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life is not only a fundamental human right but also the most crucial element of performance legitimacy of any regime in any country. This article traces its evolution, explains its different components, lists…

Agricultural Policy for Pakistan

Agricultural Policy for Pakistan

Pakistan Muslim League will be completing its constitutionally mandated five-year term in the 2nd quarter of the current year.  Notwithstanding their better than average performance in the economic management of the country, it was a bleak period for the farmers of the country. No doubt, the manifesto of PML-N published during the election campaign 2013…

Farmer-An Unfortunate Figure

Farmer-An Unfortunate Figure

A farmer is a very unfortunate figure everywhere on earth. From Bangladesh to Burkina Faso, or from Pakistan to Peru, yes everywhere. There seems to be a systemic bias against the farmers at both the levels-state and the society. Even nature seems to be less inclined towards them. Just imagine! When broadcasting seeds for his…

Agricultural Income Tax-Time to Impose

Agricultural Income Tax-Time to Impose

On May 29th 2013, I wrote a piece in The News, one of the leading English newspapers of Pakistan (Get Agrarian ) about the need for carrying out comprehensive agrarian reforms as opposed to limited distributive land reforms, advocated by some advocacy groups to transform the political economy of Pakistan’s agriculture. While emphasizing the need…

Global Food Security: Challenges and Response Part 1

Global Food Security: Challenges and Response Part 1

Abstract Food security when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life is not only a fundamental human right but also the most crucial element of performance legitimacy of any regime in any country. This article traces its evolution, explains its different components, lists…

Why do Developing Countries need Agrarian Reforms, not Land Reforms? Part 1

Why do Developing Countries need Agrarian Reforms, not Land Reforms? Part 1

Abstract Developing countries have gone past the stage when redistributive land reforms were needed for equity and efficiency purposes; now they need full spectrum agrarian reforms to reap economies of scale by using modern agricultural machinery and thus increase total factor productivity. These agrarian reforms include formulating appropriate land use policy, improving agricultural terms of…