It has touched me in recent years how often I have witnessed the exploitation of farming communities by wealthy land owners as we have traveled the world. It is truly a universal norm to economically enslave share croppers by creating debt structures in the wake of drought or natural disaster, which in turn bind whole families to a land owner.
This man lives and works as a share cropper along the Indus River in Pakistan. I can still remember the hopelessness in his eyes as he explained how the land owner whose fields he tended had not changed his expected quota of grain following the massive floods of last summer, which has forced his children to quit school and work the fields themselves. Even with the extra hands they still can’t make the quota and are now bound to their master by debt.
FACT: This is a totally legal and recognized practice of slavery all across the world. (via aphotographicprotest)
A Pakistan-based scientist has been honoured by the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC), the body said in a statement released this week.
Dr Yusuf Zafar, who is the director general agriculture and biotechnology at the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission was declared ‘Scientist of the Year-2012’ for his pioneering work in the cotton biotechnology sector.
Zafar has over 110 scientific papers (published in national and international journals) to his name. According to ICAC, “in cotton virology his group covers nearly 90 per cent of the global published literature.”
Pakistani farmers carry harvested dates in a palm orchard in Rajankot, near the city of Hyderabad, in preparation for Ramadan. Pakistan is the world’s fourth largest producer of dates, which are generally used to break the fast during Ramadan each day.
Honey Mangos from Pakistan are like sweet heaven in your mouth. (via ivegotwanderlust)
We try our utmost to be modest, we try our best to accept that we are just ordinary people like anyone else with simple ordinary things. But sorry our mangoes are unmatched, and you have no idea what we are talking about until you have tried one yourself!
“Worldwide, corn is quite cheap now, but Pakistan is the cheapest origin,” said one executive with an international trading company. “Pakistan is selling on a regular basis, this week alone they have sold 40,000 tonnes.” Malaysia and Vietnam were actively buying Pakistani corn at around $190 to $195 a tonne C&F. news item: Asia Grains-Malaysia buys U.S. wheat, Pakistan sells corn (photo credit: joesheffer)
In spring 2011, Pakistan will send stateside the world’s sweetest mango — validated by universal scientific sweetness measurements — sure to delight even the most discerning of palates.
Unique not only in their high sucrose to water ratio, but also in their smooth, low-pulp flesh and strong, pleasant aroma, Pakistani mangoes will make their first trip to the United States in May or June.