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6 months’ (free) certificate course on Agroecology in Calcutta University

Applications are invited for admission into a 6 months’ certificate course in Agroecology to be organized by the Centre for Pollination Studies in collaboration with Norwegian University of Life Science. This is an innovative course and involves classroom teaching in parallel with on farm learning and assignments.

Eligible candidates should have at least a bachelor’s degree in science from a recognized university. The prospectus of the course may be downloaded from The course will begin from 1 st September, 2016 and interested applicants need to apply with a letter of intent and CV by 15 th July, 2016.

Applications may be sent to

BIOFACH INDIA together with INDIA ORGANIC trade fair

It is our privilege to invite you to the eight edition of ‘Asia’s largest International Organic trade fair and Conference Program’ – ‘BioFach India together with India Organic-2016 (BIIO)’, organized by Nurnberg Messe, Germany International Competence Centre for Organic Agriculture, (ICCOA) India.

Every year the event comprises of a hi-quality exhibition from leading companies in organic agribusiness, B2B Meetings, B2C events, International buyers delegation, Farmers Workshop, International Conference of organic markets and opportunities. This international event is the biggest meeting place for organic networks, knowledge and businesses. It offers best opportunity to show case Organic production from different States’ farmers/groups for marketing.  

Odisha Seed Festival 2016

An event to celebrate diversity of traditional seeds and exchange the native seeds to conserve them for our future generations.

Kerala State Organic Farmers Sangamam 2016

As you all know Kerala Jaiva Karshaka Samiti (KJKS) (Kerala Organic Farmers’ Association) is an organization that has been working for the last 24 years with the vision of making Kerala shift to organic farming.

Every year all district people come together for the State level Sangamam.

We would like to invite you for this year’s State Sangamam on the 16th – 17th April 2016 in Vellur near Payannur town, Kannur district. This year there is a special session on the 17th April on the ‘Challenges and Responsibilities in the Organic Movement across different States’. We would like you to come and share your experiences in this session from your own state.

Workshop on Sustainable/Organic Cultivation, Himalayan Landraces and Folk rice varieties

While the overall goal is to engage the rice cultivators in Karsog Tehsil Himachal Pradesh, all are welcome to attend.

For further assistance and information please do revert.

Kisan Swaraj Sammelan and Biodiversity Seed Festival



Organic Uttarakhand 2016

……….bringing pure organics from the pristine Himalayas

Vithu Utsav (Seed Festival) in Kozhikode

Thanal and Paithrukam with the support of NABARD is organising  a Seed Festival at Kunnamangalam, Kozhikode on 20th and 21st February 2016. The special guest of honour will be the Paddy seed Warrior, Dr Debal Deb, who has conserved more than 1000 paddy varieties and have done immense work in its conservation.

The details are in malayalam, nevertheless sending. All are welcome. The programmes include Seminars on “The New Generation and Food Farming”, “Sustainable and Healthy Agriculture development through Organic farming” and “Strength of women in farming food” and a public meeting.

There will also be Display of seed diversity, folk arts and cultural programmes and a traditional food mela. People who have done commendable work in art, health, farming and cultural activities would also be honoured in the event.

Permaculture Design Course

This course offers a comprehensive introduction to permaculture principles, design practices and their application, with a particular focus on permaculture in community. Our 13-day program allows participants ample time to digest theory, get hands-on experience and become part of the daily rhythms of the EcoVillage. In addition to learning creative and practical techniques for designing abundant food, water, energy and housing systems, we will dig deeper into what it takes to create authentic and sustainable community.

Our primary instructor, Narsanna Koppula, is India’s most renowned permaculture practitioner. Trained by Bill Mollison in the 1980s, Narsanna has worked tirelessly for the last three decades to bring ecological and sustainable agricultural  to thousands of farmers across India. Narsanna has also been selected to host the International Permaculture Convergence in 2017.

This course follows the internationally recognized Permaculture Design Curriculum, with a specific focus on: soil rehabilitation and erosion control, plant identification & propagation, agroforestry & forest gardening, earthworks & water harvesting, organic food production, natural building & passive solar design, and sustainable human settlements.

Hands on training in Agroecology

Basudha will give a 3 day intensive hands-on training in Agroecology: Principles and Practices, on campus, at Rayagada district of Odisha. This will be a kind of crash course. A course certificate will be issued to participants. This is a full 3-day course, so participants must arrive by the 26th evening or 27th early morning, and cannot leave before the 30th morning.

Suggested fee (including food and lodging): Rs 5000 per head per day. This will cover food, lodging on campus (a guest house in Muniguda is an option) and teaching and demonstration costs.

Community Seed Fair 2016

The adivasi farmer’s organizations of Malkangiri have been organizing Annual Community Seed Fair to celebrate the bounty of local natural resources including the traditional seeds every year. This Community Seed fair is completely being organised by the local advice farmers on their own.

This year the Community Seed Fair at Malkangiri in Odisha state is being scheduled on 14th February 2016 at Adamunda village of Malkangiri district of Odisha. We welcome you to participate in this fair and encourage the indigenous farmers.

Join the Satyagraha to keep our mustard and ourselves safe from Genetic Modification

The first Genetically Engineered Food Crop is expected to be approved in two days from now in a hush hush GEAC meeting. Democracy is being trampled on blatantly. An opaque organization with no representation of the ministry of health, conflicting interests, linkages with the GM industry and doubtable ethics is going to take an irrevocable decision against safe food and farming, this Friday.


Please join in for a short bit at least. Don’t expect others to safeguard your food and environment.

National Permaculture Convergence

National Permaculture Convergence is an inclusive forum where practitioners in the rapidly growing fields of permaculture, eco-friendly agricultural practices and sustainability, will come together to connect and share experiences and best practices. The Convergence will include talks, presentations, discussions, small demonstrations and exhibitions that explore the theme “Towards Healthy Societies”. We welcome you to join us to learn, network, present and celebrate.

Beejotsav Nagpur 2016

In the times of chemical farming and G.M. seeds, Mr. Anant Bhoyar from Nagpur is practicing organic farming with determination of producing poison-less food. Mr. Harshil Awchat of Nagpur is trying to provide pure edible oil with the help of expeller technology, while most of the market is full of adulterated oil. A group of farmers in Akola is producing indigenous cotton when more than 90% of the area under cotton in our country is B.T. Cotton. Gram Sewa Mandal in Wardha is producing Khadi by keeping alive the Charkhas and handlooms, so that we won’t have to surrender the cloth market to the fabric factories which are centralizing wealth and polluting environment with hazardous chemicals. At the times when people are finding more respectful and comfortable to leave villages and find a job in cities, a software professional from Nagpur, Prachi Mahurkar, has left her job and started farming.


Farmers’ Organic Market

Interested in good food but didn’t know where to look? CSE organising a Farmers’ Market on January 30 at the India Habitat Centre. The event will bring together farmers from different parts of the country who will showcase and sell their produce at the IHC’s lawns – the focus will be on millets. The event will also offer an opportunity to sample some mouth-watering (and health-promoting) dishes which will be prepared by the IHC kitchen, or to learn how to recreate them in your own kitchen. There will be tips on urban gardening – how to grow vegetables in the limited urban space and sessions from specialists that will educate and inform. Don’t miss it.

Ninth Malnad Mela 2016

The Malnad Mela in Bengaluru has been an important way of linking women farmers/gardeners with consumers in a bid to promote better understanding of rural agrarian issues, conservation of the Western Ghats and to help augment the income of women. At this Malnad Mela, we also feature youth farmers from Chamarajnagar who are part of a food garden course run by Vanastree with our local partner, Punarchith.

Our theme this year is traditional seeds and tubers, and soils. While the spirit of celebration and seeking solutions continues, we are acutely aware of the many dismal agrarian issues that loom large. We carry on striving to spread the message of seed conservation, remembering forgotten foods and building living soil systems, while staying rooted in our community work.


National Permaculture Convergence (NPC India 2016)

This event is a forum and convergence for practitioners in the field of permaculture and ecologically sustainable agricultural practices. It will have talks and workshops on various themes including permaculture design, living soil, water harvesting and urban permaculture.  For registrations and other opportunities use the website link below. The event is hosted by Aranya Agricultural Alternatives.

The theme of the Convergence is “Towards Healthy Societies”. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Vandana Shiva. Other speakers include experts in the field of permaculture, organic farming and environment. NPC is pleased to host resource persons from across India and from various backgrounds i.e. non-profits, government, academicians, entrepreneurs and activists. You will also meet successful grassroots farmers, especially women, who will share about successful permaculture experiments on their farms and in communities.


FTAK 10th Anniversary and Seed Fest 2016

Fair Trade Alliance Kerala 10th Anniversary & SeedFest 2016

January 22–‐26, 2016, Kruvanchal, Kannur, Kerala

SeedFest 2016

Bangalore Organic Mart & Savayeva Raitara Santhe

Organic market is on the rise in India, with Bangalore having highest sales of Organic Food Products as well as the largest number of Organic outlets. In 2012, Bangalore had a Retail sale of INR 300 million and it is growing at the rate of 35-40% per year. Bangalore’s Retail Sale is estimated to reach INR 540 million in 2015. Your company’s/ store’s growth is already a success story, and we are sure that you wish to aim for a bigger share of this growing market.

Participatory Rate

Registration Form 2015

Permaculture Design Course 12th Dec to 23rd

This PDC is being conducted by Narsanna Koppula and Rico Zook. This 12-day course emphasizes applied permaculture and includes substantial practical sessions on permaculture farms. The course is designed according to local, seasonal, geographical and climatic conditions, so that permaculture concepts can be tied in to locally applicable practices – with particular focus on dry/ semi-arid climatic conditions. This course is open to all questioning mankind’s current connection to earth and its beings. It is beneficial for those who are working with land regeneration, farms, communities and environment. Both the facilitators are globally renowned permaculture practitioners. This event is being organised by Aranya Agricultural Alternatives, Hyderabad.

Permaculture Design Course

Paddy Field Week and Kerala Seed Savers Network Meet – 2015

Paddy Diversity Block, Paddy Field Week and Seed savers Meeting at Wyanad

This year our Paddy Diversity Block has 164 traditional varieties of Kerala paddy at the Thanal Agro-ecology Centre, Wynad. From 22nd to 27th November we are having a Rice Field Week, where hundreds of farmers, students would be visiting and learning.

On 28th and 29th, we are hosting a Seed Savers Network meeting at Wyanad. For more details and participation, pl call Leneesh : Ph 9544329811. Participation in Field Week and meeting only by invitation.

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The 4th National convention on Millets

Date: 25th & 26th of November

Venue: CESS, Hyderabad.

Organisers: MINI and CESS.

Ecological Approaches Towards Diet For A Green Planet (EADGP) National Conference

Date: November 20-21, 2015

Organised: BERAS India and BDAI Bio-Dynamic Association of India

Venue: Pallotti Institute of Lay Leadership Animation & Research (PILLAR)

Pillar Salai, Madurai 625 019, Tamil Nadu India

Address For Correspondence


Inba Seva Sangam, Sevapur,

Karur District, 621 311.


Official landline: +91 4332 279228.

Dr. V. Karuppuraj : +91 9489266298.


Growing Organic Veggies in Pots

Date: Sunday Nov 8th 2015

Time: 3-6 P. M.

Venue: Arjuntree one, Margao, Goa India

Registration fee: Rs. 500

Contact Yogita at 9960643245


Grow Veggies n pots

The Worm is Turning

We’ve just finished a film on global agriculture called The Worm Is Turning. It features the amazing women in Pastapur.

The Worm is Turning