Interventions: Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security...

Round Table Conference on Agriculture and Climate Change in Chhattisgarh

4th May 2013, Chhattisgarh
Around 200 farmers from Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Vidarbha, media persons, officials from department of agriculture, scientists from Indira Gandhi Ag University and other various departments of the CG govt attended the Roundtable on Agriculture and Climate Change. While the governor of the state inaugurated the event, the Agriculture Minister, Mr. Chandrashekhar Sahu assured the farmers that government is very serious about improving their lives and a number of efforts are being made in this direction. While a separate agriculture budget has been passed (CG being the first state in the country to do so), a new pro-farmer Agriculture policy legislated, the state is acknowledging the farmers enterprise by giving bonus to farmers. The Agriculture Minister acquainted the farmers of the insurmountable problems that agriculture now faces due to sudden change in the temperature and reduction in rainfall. While a number of efforts are afoot at national and international level, he approached the farmers to make efforts at self and community level to insulate agriculture from these impacts.

Workshop with Farmers in Vidarbha Region

14-15 April 2013, Ramtek
Vidarbha region is predominantly a cotton belt infamous for droughts, huge number of suicides of farmers due to debt and failure of Bt cotton. A two day workshop was organized in collaboration with Vidarbha Livelihood Forum to orient farmers, farmers association and members of the VLF on impact of climate change on agriculture (cotton) in the region, agricultural adaptation, and policy response. More than 40 participants representing farmers, and CSOs participated in the workshop. Farmers also decided to conduct local workshops and small studies to better understand impact on the region, cotton and other crops. It was also decided to engage with State Action Plan on climate change of Maharashtra.

National Consultation on National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture

11th March, 2013, New Delhi
Concerns over the directions in agricultural policies and budgetary allocation under the National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture were expressed by farmers, experts and policy makers in a daylong consultation. It was organized by PAIRVI and a collective of organizations including ASHA, Beyond Copenhagen, Bharat Jan Vigyan Jathha (Delhi), Centre for Community Economics and Development Consultants Society (Rajasthan), Humanity (Jharkhand), Kisan Seva Sangh (Rajasthan), South Asia Dialogue on Ecological Democracy (Delhi) and UDI (Uttarakhand). Suggestions came to make the framework of the mission more agro ecological, rationalize the allocation of NMSA by diverting it from input dealers and technology providers to marginal farmers, adopt decentralized planning, revive traditional water bodies, ensure accessibility of small farmers to common property resources, and adopt a precautionary principle towards GMOs.

State Workshop on Best Practices in Agricultural Adaptation

15-16 February, 2013, Dehradun
The workshop saw the farmers expressing serious concerns with agriculture in times of changing climate scenario and sharing experiences with the adaptation strategies they have been following. Farmers shared crop based, soil moisture enhancement, technology based and agricultural practices based adaptation. However, two most important learning’s from the workshop was that most of the adaptation is autonomous (no support from agri. universities and extension services) and in many cases adaptation has come to an end. Farmers shared adaptation in rice, apple, fisheries, horticulture etc. the most popular approaches being system of crop intensification, water harvesting, organic and technology assisted minimum tillage. A large no of state officials (agriculture, horticulture and forests), agricultural scientists and civil society organizations participated including the Parliamentary Secretary (Minister) of Environment and Forests.

Workshop on RKVY and Decentralized Planning in Agriculture; Strengthening Spaces for Small Farmers Engagement

8-9 November 2012
Two day workshop was organized to look at implementation of RKVY in Bihar, and explore what changes need to be made to bring alive the spirit of RKVY, which lies in decentralized planning. The workshop was organized for the capacity building of NGOs and farmers of the four states (Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jharkhand) by Oxfam India, CECOEDECON and PAIRVI. More than 100 participants including with experts, PRI members, state representatives, policy planners and media personnel were present in the workshop.

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