Interventions: Food Sovereignty and Sustainable Agriculture

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.

Public Hearing on Agriculture and Climate Change: Voices from the Rain-fed Regions

4th November 2009
A public hearing on the ‘impact of climate change in rain-fed areas’ was organized on 4th November, 2009 by Oxfam and its allies at B.S. Mehta Bhavan, HCM- RIPA, Jaipur. The event hosted by CECOEDECON and Pairvi was attended by representatives from 11 states of the rain fed areas of the country.

State Consultation on Challenges in Agriculture and Food Security

23rd October 2009
A state level consultation with multiple stakeholders was organized on 23rd October 2009 at Patna in collaboration with Bihar Council for Scientific and Technical Education and was attended by more than 200 representatives from NGOs, academicians, civil servants, media and policy makers. Mr. Vyas, Principal Secretary, Disaster Management, Government of Bihar addressed the consultation and drew the attention of the participants towards ill impacts of climate change. Mr. C. P. Sinha, ex-member, Water Commission, shared his research on decrease in rainfall and increase in temperature in Darbhanga district in Bihar. Other speakers included Dr. Diwakar (Senior Scientist, India Rice Research Institute), Dr. Ajay Kumar (Prof. Rajendra Agricultural University, Pusa), Dr. B. K. Dutta (Director, Council for Scientific and Technical Education), Mr. Vijay Pratap Singh (Bihar Statistical Institute). 

Multi Stakeholder Workshop on Agriculture and Food Security

16th September 2009
The workshop organised in Jaipur, involved a number of stakeholders including media and UN agencies – UNICEF and UNFPA, experts, peasants and policy makers. The workshop brought out the grave situation of agriculture in the state in the face of droughts year after year and emphasized that non-farming opportunities should be made available to people and peasants to enhance their resilience top the food crisis. Rural Development Minister of State, Mr. Bharat Singh addressed the workshop and apprised participants of the recent efforts that government has made to encourage agriculture and rural development in state, and assured that state government will competently handle the situation with valuable inputs from workshop in particular and civil society in general

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.