Find here reference to the latest news and articles on food, agriculture and nutrition. Building on the Youth Livelihoods and Agriculture SID programme in East Africa, this blogroll shall serve to bridge news and information from all around the world through a comparative approach.
Farmer-An Unfortunate Figure
By Shahid Hussain Raja
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 crops, birds appear from nowhere to eat them with impunity. If his crop survives the vagaries of weather which sometimes can play havoc with his standing crops, rodents of different types are ready to have a feast on the hard earned produce of the farmers. When he takes his crops to the market for selling, there are many predators ready to pounce on the fruits of his efforts.