Human Development Studies

Poverty-related projects face closure

The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) total loan commitment to Pakistan since commencement of its operations in 1968 and up to December 31, 2006, comprised 239 public sector loans amounting to $16.3 billion. The sectoral composition of this assistance was: 21.5 for energy sector, 20.9 for the agriculture/natural resources, 13.2 per …

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Subsidy to benefit rich farmers

The subsidy for the agriculture sector announced by the government in the budget for the current fiscal year aims at increasing farm output but does not attack rural poverty. Though most view the subsidy on farm inputs as an official effort to please the powerful feudal lobby in an election …

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Issues in agricultural pricing

AGRICULTURAL pricing is a subject of lively debate. It has evoked divergent views, ranging from a forceful advocacy of support prices for key agricultural commodities and subsidies for major inputs to complete liberalisation of prices and reliance upon the market mechanism to achieve efficiency and competitiveness. Successful integration with the …

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Will Safta get launched January 1?

WILL Safta get launched January 1? Will it become operational as stipulated? It’s a big question mark, even after years of preparations and rhetoric to get going and expand regional trade through South Asia Free Trade Agreement (Safta). When the seven member nations of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation—Bangladesh, …

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Small growers at the mercy of middlemen

MIDDLEMEN are individuals/business concerns who perform various marketing functions involved in the purchase and sale of goods as these move from producers to consumers. They are classified as commission agents, brokers, wholesalers and retailers. The middlemen play the role of an institution between producers and consumers. But in Pakistan it …

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The Impact of Exercise on Your Mental Health

People know that exercise can improve physical health. Exercise is regularly recommended by medical professionals to improve diseases such as cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes. But exercise is not commonly a significant part of a treatment regimen for people who suffer from mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. …

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