Interventions: Food Sovereignty and Sustainable Agriculture

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.

Priorities and Possibilities of Investment for Accelerated and Stabilizing Agriculture in Bihar

17th March 2012
The Consultation was organized as a collective effort of a number of organizations including CECOEDECON, BCPH, Pairvi in joint collaboration with ICCO Cooperation, National Centre for Agricultural and Policy research, and ICAR RCER. Support to the consultation was also extended by IFPRI, India. The objective of the consultation was to analyze the trends of agricultural investment in the state and provide direction which can enhance and stabilize agriculture growth in the state.


State Consultation: Climate Crisis and Agriculture; Preparedness, Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies

One day state consultation was held in Pantnagar. This consultation was a part of the ongoing process and series of initiatives – focussing on climate crisis and justice, especially on agriculture and food security. This was an interaction with Agriculture experts, scientists, farmers and civil society partners

खाद्य सुरक्षा: सरकार समाज और मीडिया

30 जुलाई 2011

निदान फाउंडेशन ने पैरवी और गाँधी शांति प्रतिष्ठान के सहयोग से 30 जुलाई 2011 को 'खाद्य सुरक्षा: सरकार, समाज और मीडिया' पर राष्ट्रीय विमर्श का आयोजन किया. सर्व सेवा संघ की अध्यक्ष और प्रख्यात गाँधीवादी नेता माननीया राधा भट्ट ने राष्ट्रीय विमर्श का उद्घाटन करते हुए कहा की अन्न के उत्पादन के साधनों से लेकर वितरण तक की सारी प्रक्रियाओं को विकेन्द्रित करें. उन्हें सरकारों के हाथों में नहीं, जन समाज व जन समुदाय के हाथों से संचालित होने दें. उत्पादन के साधनों पर इन समुदायों की प्राथमिकता, प्रबंधन व उपयोग करने का अधिकार सुनिश्चित करें. वह अपनी गरीबी स्वयं मिटा सकता है. वह अपने अन्न भंडार संचालित कर सकता है. वह अपने सक्षम बाज़ार खड़े कर सकता है. केवल सरकारें यह भ्रम मिटाएँ कि देश का जीडीपी बढ़ने से गरीबी या भुखमरी मिटेगी.

State Consultation on Challenges to Food Security, Bhopal

10th July 2010
The National Consultation was organized on July 10, 2010 at Bhopal, with an objective of bringing the pertinent players- Ministers, CSOs and association of farmers and to have a brainstorming on the serious issue of Food Security. It is the need of the hour to come up with pro poor and pro farmer amendments that could be incorporated in the Food Security Bill, Seeds Bill and BRAI bill, which are to be presented in the parliament in the monsoon session. The representatives of different organizations working actively on the issue of food security critically examined the captioned bills and made important recommendations. The Consultation was an effort to take the opposition party into confidence as they can raise the voices and concerns of the poor aptly in the parliament. Also they can mount pressure on the UPA Government to mould the bill so that food security of the millions of people can be secured.

National Consultation on Food Security Bill and Seeds Bill

10th June 2010
Issues of growing food insecurity amongst poor, constant rise in the number of malnourished children, and cases of hunger deaths—at the time when millions of tonnes of food grains are rotting in government godowns—  have caught the attention of CSOs and the policy makers over a period of time.  In this context, more than 50 key persons from across the country representing various farmer groups, women groups, civil society organizations, academicians, and policy makers came together at a National Consultation organized by Forum for Biotechnology & Food Security, New Delhi; CECOEDECON, Jaipur; and PAIRVI, New Delhi, at India International Centre, New Delhi on June 10, 2010 to discuss all the relevant issues in detail. The consultation made an effort to develop a new insight and innovative approach to address the issue of food insecurity in India. 

State Consultation on Agriculture and Food Security

17th November 2009, Raipur, Chhattisgarh
The state is considered one of the best states in providing food security to the people through the Public Distribution System. However, of late, the agriculture in the state seems to be suffering due to climate change impacts and lack of policy initiatives. PAIRVI organized a state consultation on agriculture and food security in collaboration with Agro tech society, Ministry of agriculture Chhattisgarh, and Indira Gandhi Agriculture University Chhattisgarh. The consultation took a comprehensive view of the agriculture in the state in presence of the Honorable Governor of the state Mr. Shekhar Dutt and Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Chandrshekhar Sahu. The Minister said that in view of the fact that Chhattisgarh is primarily an agricultural state, it needs to be improved substantially to increase its contribution to the GDP and improve the conditions of farmers in the state. He also said that he will request the Chief Minister to grant a separate budget for agriculture (like railways) and also set up an agriculture cabinet, besides increasing outlay in agriculture. He also demanded a High Powered Committee on climate change in the state to look into the challenges that the state faces from climate change.

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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.