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Rethinking Urbanization in Pakistan

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Rethinking Urbanization in Pakistan The Population Bomb and Food Security Muhammad Atif Sheikh Beware! Our cities are fast eating up our agricultural lands and the threat of being food insecure looms large in the urban population of our country. This was what Mr Rana Riaz Mehmood, Assistant Horticulture Officer, Lahore, stunned me with. This forewarning made me think as to ... Read More »

FM Radio in Pakistan

FM Radio in Pakistan

Past, Present and Future Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace: this is the theme for World Radio Day 2019. Radio, which has the distinction of being the world’s first electronic medium, has evolved over the years to become what it is today – a part and parcel of our lives. With its extensive outreach, high user-friendliness and admirable diversity of its content, ... Read More »

Universal Health Coverage and Pakistan

Universal Health Coverage and Pakistan

How we fared and what we should do “May Allah Almighty protect you against all diseases!” This is the sentence almost everyone of us wish to our fellow human beings. In Pakistan, saying this to every other person seems more appropriate because for most people in this country, seeking health facilities is synonymous with inequality, economic burden, bribery, reference and ... Read More »

The Crippling Burden of Hidden Hunger

Hidden Hunger

Stunted, lean and indolent children; this is, perhaps, the picture of our future. It’s a bitter yet an undeniable truth; because the diet we are feeding our children with though satisfies their hunger, their bodies remain deprived of adequate nutrition – essential vitamins and minerals (collectively micronutrients). This is a state of malnutrition which is commonly referred to as ‘Hidden ... Read More »

Desertification and Drought

Desertification and Drought

Act before it’s too late! Famine, a catastrophic calamity that is often an outcome of drought, devours large numbers of humans and livestock whenever it strikes somewhere on the earth. The land plays a major role in production of food and other sources of the fulfilment of humans’ biological needs. However, droughts adversely impact land and cause its barrenness and ... Read More »