1 April 2020

Can we, women of this country, have some space to grow food and offer food security to our family?

Illustration by Aishath Rishtha
Translation: “When the Last Tree Is Cut Down, the Last Fish Eaten, and the Last Stream Poisoned, You Will Realize That You Cannot Eat Money” 

The article was published in Maldives Economic Review in its March 2020 Issue 3. To read the full article click link at end 

2014: Think about it? In 2014, I started writing a book using census and all available economic data on every atoll including data on how many uninhabited islands each atoll has. I thought that showing demographic, geographic and economic data will make people realize we need to do something about abandoning such rich resources for a congested living in Male’…. I shared the first draft with friends and mother thinking everyone will be very pleased. They weren’t happy. Major problem seemed to be - “just throwing data on people is not enough… we need to talk about some solutions. Take food security for one…..”

Outline of the article

2014: Think about it?
2016: Write about it?
2017-2020: Talk about it?
2020: Early March
2020: Late March
What should we do now?
Medium term
Long term
For Parliament
Some direct requests from women I met (basic manners of transaction initiation)
Highly recommended reading

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