Interventions: Food Sovereignty and Sustainable Agriculture

State Workshop on Agriculture and Water Policy in Jharkhand

14th September 2009
A state workshop on agriculture policy (Ranchi) followed by a workshop on water policy (Dumka) was organized on 14th September at Ranchi, Jharkhand to discuss the draft of agriculture and water policy of the state. The workshops were organized in collaboration with a number of civil society organizations including Manthan Adhyayan Kendra, Maanvi, Lok Vikas Sansthan etc. The workshops came up with recommendations submitted to the Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Hemant Soren, Ministry of water and agriculture, Members of Parliament and Legislative Assembly.

Regional Workshop on Drought and Food Security in Santhal Pargana

11th September 2009
A regional workshop was organized at Dumka, Jharkhand with regional partners and State Legal Aid Services Authority in which organizations, administrative officials, activist, and academicians belonging to Santhal Pargana region actively participated. It was discussed that though Santhal Pargana has always remained prone to drought and witnessed severe famines in the past, current spell of drought has increased the vulnerability of farmers and people.

National Interactive Workshop on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change: Priority Areas of Policy and Action

27th July 2009
The workshop was organized by a collective of civil society organizations including Food Trade and Nutrition Coalition Asia, Institute of Development Studies Jaipur, Gene Campaign, CECOEDECON, and Pairvi at India Habitat Centre, Delhi on 27th July 2009. The workshop witnessed participation of more than 50 organizations from Delhi and other states. The participants included WWF India, RIS, Oxfam India, CENTAD, Delhi Science Forum, SADED. Speaking at an interactive workshop organized by a collective of civil society organizations, ex-chief economic advisor to Government of India and Under Secretary General of the United Nations, Dr. Nitin Desai, said that we must address the issues of denial within our efforts to ensure food security. He said that common property resources are getting gobbled up and we must link planning and execution at Panchayat level to make the anti poverty programmes more inclusive and locally owned. He added that climate change is the latest threat to long term food security and civil society organizations can make a huge contribution in terms of bringing more information on manifestations of climate change from the grass roots level. We must identify who will be adversely affected and try to plan which puts them in the centre.

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Food Sovereignty and Sustainable Agriculture

Climate change poses insurmountable challenges to food and agriculture. PAIRVI works to promote food sovereignty which entails sustainable food production through natural and agro ecological approaches, fair price and dignity to the farmers, and fair trade policies. PAIRVI works with farmers to enhance their resilience and income and represents their concerns at sub regional/regional and global fora. It also looks into the interrelations of policies and programmes on energy, agriculture and water. PAIRVI also works to secure land tenure for farmers and women farmers and to resist land grabs and corporate control over agriculture and agricultural inputs.