Interventions: Food Sovereignty and Sustainable Agriculture

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.

Learning Workshop on RKVY

28th Feb 2014, Lucknow
The learning workshop was organized by CECOEDECON and PAIRVI in collaboration with Oxfam India at Jaishankar Prasad Hall, Lucknow. More than 35 participants actively engaged with the discussions. The objective of the workshop was to enhance contribution of farmers in implementation of the RKVY and emphasize their right for planning, which is embedded in the RKVY. Dr. H S Sur, former Advisor, Planning Commission, Sabita Parida and Nand Kishore Singh(Oxfam India), Ajay Jha and Nirma Bora (PAIRVI) participated in the workshop along with some prominent organizations working on agriculture in Uttar Pradesh.

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.

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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.