Karachi (April 30, 2015) Experts, researchers, civil society activists and elected representatives of Sindh province have declared the establishment of Federal Ministry of National Food Security and Research after the 18th amendment in the constitution as the violation of the Constitution of Pakistan. They have demanded abolition of this federal ministry and have also demanded of establishment of a separate Provincial Food Security Minister in Sindh in the face of growing food insecurity in the province.
Karachi ( March 31, 2015) Different stakeholders including representatives of farmers organizations, civil society organizations, agriculture traders, exporters have expressed their serious concern on the lack of implementation on the Sindh Wholesale Agricultural Markets (Development and Regularization) Act, 2010” by converting the existing market committees into Market Companies and facilitating the private sector to establish market companies in agriculture sector.
Islamabad (January 17-18, 2015) Leading international and national linguists and experts have declared Brahui Language of Balochistan is one of the ancient languages of the world .Terming it as mother language of 7000 years old Dravidian Languages of Indus civilization the researcher scholars emphasized on further research on the origin of Brahui language which according to them would help in resolving the question of the languages of Mohen Jo Daro, Harapa and Mehrgarah civilizations.
Taking serious note of the warning issued by UNESCO that Brahui, the only ancient Dravidian language in Pakistan faces serious threats of extinction; Participatory Development Initiatives (PDI) jointly with Actionaid Pakistan and Brahui Academy Quetta organized a national level seminar on Brahui Language and Literature on May 11-12, 2014
With the theme of literature for peace? the two
day seminar was organized in Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi. About 175 delegates including Brahui, writers, researchers, scholars, poets participated in the seminar.
After the tremendous success in providing rural women their own lands in the Sindh Govt Land Distribution Program, PDI and Oxfam have taken to providing those women with techniques to add value to their product and earn increased profit! Participatory Development Initiatives (PDI) have been working in Umerkot District of Sindh with more then 300 women to launch Farmer Organizations and Producer Organizations which are legally registered and facilitated by PDI and Oxfam to run small scale businesses. This August the PDI team in Umerkot conducted a technical training for Farmers Organization (FOs) with support of Oxfam GB on Cotton Picking which was held at PDI Office Umerkot.