Interventions: Food Sovereignty and Sustainable Agriculture

3rd Forum of Environment Ministers and High Officials from Asia Pacific

24-25 January, 2019 | Singapore

The Forum was held at marina Sands Bay Convention Centre and attended by 26 Environment Ministers, President of Sri Lanka, prime Minister of Tuvalu and Dy prime Minister of Singapore besides High Officials from more than 50 countries. Mr. Parihar, Chair of the CPCB represented India and also chaired the High Officials Meeting on 24th.

The Forum was organized to reflect on the Theme of the UNEA 4, “Innovative Solutions for Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Consumption and Production,” which will be organized from 11th to 15th March at UN Environment headquarters at Nairobi. The Forum came out with a chairs summary, which captured the concerns raised by the CSOs on challenges in promoting grassroots innovation, containing chemical pollution, monitoring of global geo engineering governance among others.

A brief report of the Forum can be read here.

Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum

23rd January, 2019 | Singapore

Ajay K Jha attended the MGSF on the invitation of the United Nations Environment. The MGSF was organized by Asia pacific Regional CSOs Mechanism in collaboration with the ESCAP, UN Env and the govt of Singapore. Ajay chaired a panel discussion on the Environmental Challenges and Sustainable innovations from the grassroots which had Neth Dano (Asia Director, ETC group), Sarojeni Rengam (Director, PAN-AP), Prem Singh Tharu (Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact, Thailand), Zakir Hossain (Krisoker Sor, Bangladesh), Oyunchimeg Myagmarjav (Director, Institute for Future, Mongolia) and Francis Kim Ugpi (AITUC, AP). Besides, Ajay K Jha also led the drafting team for the outcome document from the MGSF.

A brief report of the MGSF can be found here

South India Consultation on Climate, food and sustainable development; of false solutions and for meaningful actions

30th and 31st July, Bengaluru

The Consultation was organized in collaboration with the Environment Support Group (ESG) Bengaluru and ETC group. The consultation discussed global, national and sub national priorities and challenges in climate, food and agriculture and sustainability initiatives and understood that climate change and sustainable development are being used as tools to promote corporate interests and false slutions; which is making the situation worse for the people on the frontline of impacts, and how meaningful actions can be organized to resist false solutions and promote sustainability, equity and justice. More than 40 participants including CSOs, youth, CBOs, gender groups and academics participated in the Consultation.

Farm Pond Implementation and Effectiveness Study in four states

The GoI had launched the "Farm Pond" program in 2016. From 2016 several states have been implementing this farm pond program. The initiative is an effective adaptation measure and its success/ failure will have a major impact on farmer’s confidence in adaptation measures. In May 2018 Pairvi in collaboration with its partners undertook a rigorous evaluation of implementation, designs and operation of farm ponds scheme, in 4 states where it is being implemented.  The reports based on the study and survey will be brought out soon.

Mushroom Cultivation Training,

25th-31st May, Chandan, Banka district, Bihar.

Around 30 women Participants mostly from minority communities’ undergone practical exposure of mushroom cultivation.  This training was organized after deliberations with beedi workers as Mushroom cultivation can be an alternate source of income for the beedi workers.

Farmers Training Workshop

17th March 2017, Faizabad
The BCPH collaborative work on sustainable agriculture has organized farmers training workshops in Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Jharkhand. During March a workshop was organized in Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh in collaboration with PANI to enhance the income of farmers from agriculture through enhancing their farms productivity. This workshop witnessed participation by farmers, and resource persons from the agriculture department. Farmers were informed of various agriculture related schemes wherein subsidy or support from government’s end is available. Workshop was led by Soumya Dutta and Nirma Bora from PAIRVI.

Workshop with Farmers in Jharkhand

26th – 27th February, Daltanganj
The training was facilitated by resource person Dr. RP Singh, Director Extention at Birsa Agricultural University, Dr. DK Rusia, Head Dept of Agriculture and Engineering at Birsa Agricultural University, and Ms. Sunita Kamal from KVK Chiyaki, Palamu. The resource persons provided training in- water conservation through dobhas, crop diversification, value additions of food products, rearing smaller livestocks, etc. The meeting was followed by field visit to all 5 villages namey- Bhogu, Kushi, pidiya, Ganke and Salo where advice was given with respect to cropping, water conservation, and increased intervention with agriculture extension services of the government.

Workshop with Uttarkashi Farmers

28th & 29th January 2017, Uttarkashi
A day long training workshop was organized for farmers of 5 panchayat in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand on 28 and 29 January 2017. The Workshop was followed by field visit. It was supported by BCPH, PAIRVI and CECOEDECON. The long term objective of the intervention is building resilience of 50 farmers in 5 panchayat in times of changing climate perspective and increased income from agricultural and allied activities.

Farmers Field Training and Demonstration

16th & 17th March 2016, Madhya Pradesh
Pairvi has been conducting farmers’ trainings in the organic farming which increased their access to local/regional weather information to plan their agricultural practices accordingly and built resilience of farmers in changing climate by sharing innovative farming practices. This time Pairvi has organized a field demonstration for farmers by Mr. Deepak Suchde, Mal Pani Trust, who shared the techniques of organic farmer and preparing organic manure. 20 Farmers from Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand participated in this workshop which motivated them to engage in organic farming.

Food Funchayat

24th December 2015, Jaipur, Rajasthan

A step towards celebrating traditional good food practices and enabling farmers in India to achieve food sovereignty was made by way of organizing a good-food festival called Food Funchayat. This daylong event was organized by CECOEDECON, Kisan Sewa Samiti and PAIRVI in collaboration with Oxfam India on 24 Dec, 2015 at Shilki Doongri in Chaksu, Jaipur.

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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.