Helping create positive environment for ecological farming in Bihar’s Ganga Organic Corridor

Recently, Greenpeace activists undertook Bihar Living Soils Yatra, a journey of  1500 kilometers covering 9 districts, 16 villages across the state’s Ganga Organic Corridor and connecting with over 800 farmers in 10 day period. The team travelled across Nalanda, Lakhisarai, Munger, Bhagalpur, Begusarai, Samastipur, Vaishali, Bhojpur and Patna to assess local farmer’s understanding of the … More Helping create positive environment for ecological farming in Bihar’s Ganga Organic Corridor

Precarious lives of India’s farmers merits undivided attention of Parliament, enduring solutions

The All India Kisan Struggle Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), which has organized Delhi Chalo programme for November 28-30, has floated a petition, addressed to Ram Nath Kovind, President of India, demanding a special, 21-day joint session of Parliament to discuss the agrarian crisis and related issues. Seeking signatures from concerned citizens, following is the text of … More Precarious lives of India’s farmers merits undivided attention of Parliament, enduring solutions

Govts should implement policies, laws mandating urgent shift to ecologically sustainable agriculture

Declaration and resolution of the 4th Kisan Swaraj Sammelan: ASHA-Kisan Swaraj and Gujarat Vidyapith November 2-4, 2018, Ahmedabad: As a gathering of more than a thousand farmers and their well-wishers, innovators, activists, scientists, field workers, policy makers and policy analysts, adivasis, women and people from marginalized communities, we are filled with immense hope and the … More Govts should implement policies, laws mandating urgent shift to ecologically sustainable agriculture

To improve lives, farmers need a way out of agriculture, into manufacturing or services sector

By Moin Qazi* Princes and lords may flourish, or may fade;  A breath can make them, as a breath has made;  But a bold peasantry, their country’s pride,  When once destroyed, can never be supplied – Oliver Goldsmith, “The Deserted Village” Small farmers are the key to ending poverty and hunger and promoting sustainable development. … More To improve lives, farmers need a way out of agriculture, into manufacturing or services sector

Many of serious problems of rural poor are result of our misguided projects impairing local ecology

By Moin Qazi* India has long been a testing ground for several western products, particularly in agriculture and medicine—making the most of loose regulations and genetic diversity of a huge population. It is done to help cut research costs dramatically for lucrative products to be sold in the West. The relationship is highly exploitative and … More Many of serious problems of rural poor are result of our misguided projects impairing local ecology

50% of water released into canals from Narmada dam wasn’t accounted for. Where did it go?

Khedut Samaj (Gujarat)  general secretary Sagar Rabari’s open letter to Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani: Congratulations to you for returning to power, which may be more due to the failure of the Opposition rather than to success of your policies. May I say that I have a special reason to write this letter as the … More 50% of water released into canals from Narmada dam wasn’t accounted for. Where did it go?

Farming distress has attracted a class of neo-moneylenders who lend money to make a killing

By Moin Qazi* A recent report by IndiaSpend states that professional moneylenders, who can charge up to four times more interest than the government’s banking system, hold more rural debt than ever, from 19.6 percent in 2002 to 28.2 percent in 2013. According to a 2017 study by Stanford University’s Center on Global Poverty and Development, farmers take loans from … More Farming distress has attracted a class of neo-moneylenders who lend money to make a killing