Kobe japan presentation jan 20, 2005

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Lecture on food security by Dr. P. V. Sateesh, DDS

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Kobe japan presentation jan 20, 2005

  1. 1. FARMING HOPE STORY OF DDS SANGHAMS
  2. 2. Nature of communities • Multiple marginalisation • Rural • Poor • Dalit • Women
  3. 3. “Their” agriculture • Semi arid area • Totally rainfed • Ecological and diverse • Low input • traditional knowledge
  4. 4. “Others” Agriculture • Driven by “new” policies • Monoculture • Totally chemical • High external input and knowledge
  5. 5. The crisis & Disaster • Cash crop dependence • Debt ridden • Collapse of small farmers • Over 10,000 suicides
  6. 6. The Contrast • Externalised agriculture collapses; produces despair • Community controlled, autonomous farming flourishes; generates hope
  7. 7. SEEDS OF HOPE
  8. 8. Seed Sovereignty OUR S E E E S OUR K N O W L E D GE
  9. 9. SEED SOVEREIGNTY •EVERY FARMER HAS OWN SEEDS AT HOME •WORKS WITH OVER 15 VARIETIES
  10. 10. SEED SOVEREIGNTY • OVER 100 VILLAGES ESTABLISH OWN SEED BANKS: COMMUNITY GENE FUND;NO NEED FOR OUTSIDE SEEDS • SUPPLIES UNAVAILABLE VARIETIES • CAN SUPPLY SEEDS FOR ADDL 100 ACRES IN EVERY VILLAGE • STORES FOR FUTURE
  11. 11. THE CONTRAST • CASH CROPPING FARMERS ARE DESPARATE FOR EXTERNAL SEEDS • RUSH TO GOVT DEPOTS; FIRED UPON; TRAMPLE EACH OTHER; SEVERAL DEATHS • SEED SOVEREIGN SANGHAM WOMEN ARE NEVER DESPARATE. CONTINUE LENDING SEEDS TO OTHERS
  12. 12. ECOLOGICAL FARMING DIVERSE, RAINFED, NO EXTERNAL INPUT
  13. 13. OUR CROPS OUR KNOWLEDGE WOMEN LED FARMING
  14. 14. WE WILL PRODUCE FOR OURSELVES
  15. 15. OUR KNOWLEDGE CAN FEED US
  16. 16. LOCAL PRODUCTION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION
  17. 17. SELF PROVISIONING COMMUNITIES • 52 COMMUNITIES PRODUCE ALL THE FOOD & FODDER THEY NEED • PROVIDE FOR THE LANDLESS, POOR AND THE DESTITUTE • CREATE A SELF PERPETUATING COMMUNITY GRAIN FUND • GENERATE FODDER, LIVELIHOODS AND MULTIPLE SECURITY
  18. 18. IN THE YEAR OF DROUGHT • HIGH TECH STATE OF A P BORROWS 500,000 TONNES OF FOOD EVERY MONTH TO FEED ITS HUNGRY • GREEN REVOLUTION MODEL FAILS TO RESCUE POPULATION FROM HUNGER • WOMEN IN SEMI ARID, RAINFED DECCAN THROUGH THEIR ECOLOGICAL AGRICULTURE, REFUSE OUTSIDE FOOD
  19. 19. FOOD SOVEREIGNTY INDIRECTLY WORK WITH OVER 1000 COMMUNITIES
  20. 20. BIODIVERSITY FESTIVALS CELEBRATORY CULTURAL CAMPAIGN
  21. 21. BIO DIVERSITY FESTIVALS DIALOGUED WITH OVER 200,000 FARMERS
  22. 22. SOME LESSONS • COMMUNITY CAPACITY TO COPE ARE ENORMOUS • POOR AND THE WEAK CAN LEAD US OUT OF DISASTERS • THEIR KNOWLEDGE ROOTS ARE STRONG, LIFE AFFIRMING
  23. 23. SOME LESSONS • GLOBALISED AGRICULTURE IS A LOOMING DISASTER • GOVERNMENT POLICIES MUST PREVENT THIS DISASTER BY BEING ENABLING FOR SMALL FARMERS AND STAND BY THEM
  24. 24. SOME LESSONS • FARMING MUST BE LED BY WOMEN’S PERSPECTIVES; IT IS LIFE-INFUSING • LOCAL FARMING SYSTEMS MUST BE RESPECTED, STRENGTHENED & SUPPORTED THROUGH FISCAL AND AGRICULTURAL POLICIES

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