Interventions: Food Sovereignty and Sustainable Agriculture

National Consultation with Farmers

24 January 2020, Jaipur

A National Consultation with farmers was organized as a part of “Leave No One Behind” Consultations towards the preparation of India’s Voluntary National Report 2020 (VNR 2020), to be presented in the UN’s High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in July 2020. The Consultation witnessed participation of more than 200 farmers and all major national farmers’ organizations. It looked at farmers as social groups and delved deep into challenges and vulnerabilities of often-left-behind farmers, ie., rainfed farmers, women farmers, tenant farmers, landless farmers, livestock farmers / pastoralists and adivasi farmers and came up with actionable recommendations and suggestions.

 

The participants appreciated the efforts of the NITI Aayog and UNRC to have a consultation with farmers in preparing the VNR of India. The Consultation emphasized that the SDGs cannot be achieved in the world unless they are achieved in India and for India to achieve the SDGs, small and marginal farmers, women farmers and agricultural workers are critical.

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.