Archive for January 30th, 2019


Saving the Tiller, Securing the Farmer

Human Wrongs Watch

By Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Princes and lords may flourish, or may fade; 
A breath can make them, as a breath has made; 
But a bold peasantry, their country’s pride, 
When once destroyed, can never be supplied
— Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village


Moin Qazi, PhD Economics, PhD English

Though agriculture employs 64 percent of the total rural workforce, it produces only 39 percent of the total monetary rural output. Price realisation is poor, and farmers are unable to negotiate fair, self-sustaining prices—largely due to India’s antiquated agricultural market system, which is juxtaposed with high input costs (seeds, labour, equipment, transportation, and so on).

25 Jan 2019 – Small farmers are the key to ending poverty and hunger and promoting sustainable development.

In India, small and marginal farmers—those who work on less than two hectares (five acres) of land—constitute 80 percent of all farm households, 50 percent of rural households and 36 percent of the total of all households.

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Six People Died Each Day Attempting to Cross Mediterranean in 2018 – UN Refugee Agency

Libya. Rescued at sea

Fatima, who fled an Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, cradles her son Daniel aboard the Sea Watch search and rescue vessel on the Mediterranean in 2016.  © UNHCR/Hereward Holland

An estimated 2,275 died or went missing crossing the Mediterranean in 2018, despite a major drop in the number of arrivals reaching European shores. In total, 139,300 refugees and migrants arrived in Europe, the lowest number in five years.

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“Alarming and Expanding” Problems Affecting Palestine Refugees “Risk Further Destabilizing the Middle East”

Human Wrongs Watch

“Alarming and expanding” problems affecting Palestine refugees, risk further destabilizing the Middle East, the head of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, UNWRA, said on Tuesday [29 January 2019].

WFP/Wissam Nassar | Two women and one child in front of their house of sorts in the heart of Gaza. Apart from their appalling living conditions, Gazan parents find themselves unable to meet their children’s basic needs such as food, health and housing.
In an appeal for $1.2 billion to fund vital services and life-saving aid for 5.4 million Palestine refugees in Gaza and the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl explained that people’s basic needs had worsened considerably since the turn of the century.

Human Trafficking Cases Hit a 13-Year Record High – New UN Report

Human Wrongs Watch

The latest Global Report On Trafficking In Persons, released on Tuesday [29 January 2019] by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) at UN headquarters in New York, shows a record-high number of cases detected during 2016, but also the largest recorded conviction rate of traffickers.

© UNICEF/UNI91025/Noorani | Two girls apply make-up at Kandapara, a brothel in the city of Tangail, Bangladesh. A man offered them to find them jobs, but instead sold them to Kandapara. (2009)

“The report was undertaken for a simple reason: if we want to succeed in confronting human trafficking in all its manifestations, we must better understand its scope and structure,” said Yury Fedotov, UNODC’s Executive Director as he presented the report in New York. “We need to appreciate where human trafficking is happening, who are its victims and who is perpetrating this crime.”

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