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On September 26, 2017, in a landmark decision by Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, a decree was issued allowing Saudi women to drive motor vehicles. Previously, women were banned from driving in the Kingdom, the only country in the world where such limitation on female mobility still existed. The decision to lift the ban was part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s (MBS) long-term reform plan ‘Vision 2030’ to wean the economy off its oil dependence and increase the number of women in the workforce. While the decision holds the potential to increase the work force participation of women, the speed of such participation will be greatly determined by the related social and cultural changes within the family and society.
The Road to Reform: Economic Impact of Women Driving in Saudi Arabia
Recently, PepsiCo India had filed lawsuits against nine potato farmers of Gujarat, India, for growing the FC5 variety of potato without license. PepsiCo had filed the lawsuits against the farmers alleging that they had infringed its intellectual property rights and claimed damages ranging from Rs two million to Rs ten million. PepsiCo’s legal move led to protests from farmers, farmers’ rights groups, the social media, and political parties. Faced with the massive protests, PepsiCo withdrew the lawsuits against the farmers. The case deals with the provisions of the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers Right Act 2001 (PPVFR), which both PepsiCo and the farmers had relied on to put forth their claims
PepsiCo India vs. Gujarat Potato Farmers
Rythu Bandhu Scheme, a welfare program to support farm investment in Telangana state of India was selected for presentation at the international seminar at the Food and Agricultural Organization’s headquarters at Rome in 2018. The main objectives of the scheme were to increase agriculture production and protect farmers from private money lenders. Even though the scheme benefitted most of the farmers, tenant farmers were left out of the benefits of RBS. The question is, does continuation of the RBS lead to an increase in agriculture production and help the farmers in overcoming agrarian distress?
Rythu Bandhu Scheme – A Welfare Program to Support Farm Investment in Telangana State of India

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