Archives (Dec 2012 – May 2012)

Nagpur seed festival

Date: – Opening at 5 pm on 26th, Exhibition & events ( 9am tp 8 pm) on 27th & 28th
Venue: Vinoba Vichar Kendra (Sarvoday Ashram) Near Bhole Petrol Pump,Amravati road, Dharampeth, NAGPUR

Contact: Dr Satish Gogulwar – 09422123016, Vasant Futane – 07229 -238171 /202147, 09422958767 Atul Upadhyay – 09372395117, Prakash Dambhare – 09421816262, Yogini Dodke – 09326585234

For Details : Click Here

“Impact of Second Green Revolution and An effort to promote Sustainable Agriculture in Taal-Diyara-Chaur of Bihar

 Date: March 23rd & 24th 2013

Venue: Vidhayak Club, Near MLA Flats, Patna
Email: GM Free Bihar Movement mail.tarafoundation@gmail.com
Website: http://www.indiaforsafefood.in
Objectives of the campaign:Details of the Program
Contact: +91-9472999999
Pankaj Bhushan

A campaign named ‘Jal Jan Jodo’

Date: 18th and 19th April 2013
Venue: Gandhi Peace Foundation, Delhi
Email: jalpurushtbs@gmail.com / mauliksisodia@gmail.com
Website: www.tarunbharatsangh.org
Objectives of the campaign:

1)  To help communities, particularly the poorest to regain rights, responsibilities and control over
access to water resources
2)    Equity in water distribution

3)    The focus will be on the renewal of indigenous traditional water systems, as a resilient response
to climate change, using a participatory approach.

Kindly send us your consent for attending the consultation as soon as possible so as to enable us in arranging your food and accommodation in Delhi.

Tarun Bharat Sangh
Office Add.: Bheekampura- kishori, Thanagazi, Alwar- 22, Rajasthan.

OFAI Annual General Body Meeting (only NSC members can attend)

Date: 21st March 2013
Venue: Ashirwad Hall, St. Marks Road, Bangalore (Imp landmark – SBI Main Branch)
Local Organisers: ICRA, #22, ‘Samskruthi’ Michael Palya, New Thippasandra P.O Bangalore– 560 075, Karnataka
Ph: 080-25283370 / 080-25213104
Cell: 8861252358
Email: icra@bgl.vsnl.net.inicra@vsnl.com
For Agenda of the meeting: Click here
For list of participating states: Click here

Natural Farming and Pest Literacy one day Workshops

Organisers: Kheti Virasaat Mission (KVM)
Dates: From 24th February to 31st March 2013
Timings of All Workshops: 9.30 AM to 4.30 PM
Coordinators for Workshops: Gurpreet Dabrikhana-9915195062;
Balwinder Jaisinghwala-9815245626
For detailed information on workshop district wise: Click here

Let us Celebrate Khao Safe Jiyo Safe

Indians can STOP entry of Genetically Modified Brinjal. Let us celebrate Moratorium on GM Brinjal.
Public Lecture Organic food v/s GM food
Speaker: Shridhar Radhakrishnan. National Coordinator G.M. – Free India.
Date: 9th March, 2013 7 p.m.
Venue: Jagdish Hall, Nr. Sardar Baug, Race Course Vadodara
Organic Dinner:- Organic dinner will be served on cost to cost (100/- Rs. per dish) basis after the lecture at the same place. Kindly register your dinner at jatan (0265-2371429) before 12.30 pm on 8th march, 2013.
Movement supported: Himalaya Machinery, Sahiyar (Stree Sangathan), Nagrik Forum, Bhoolka Bhavan, Accurate Machines, Associate Engineers, Cable carrier, OPTI engineering, Pratham Enterprise, Dezine Solution, Milestone Infrastructure, Institute of indian Interior Designers, Baroda Chapter, Purple Crayon.
Contact: For slide show, film show, Exhibition, Lectures, Signature Campaign
JATAN,
Vinoba Ashram,
Gotri, Vadodara,
Gujarat, 390 021
Ph: 0265-2371429
jatantrust@gmail.com

Stallholders Meeting

Date: Sunday 3rd, 17th & 31st March 2013, 2 PM.
Venue: Terrace gardens area (top floor) of the OFM site at 1 Jor Bagh Market, Jor Bagh Colony Road, Jor Bagh
Organisers: Organic Farmers’ Markets in India
Light refreshments will be served.
Agenda: Introduction of Stakeholders, OFM guiding Ethical Principles, The Need for Transparency
Management Requirements, Marketing & Advertising, OFM Site Venues, Steering Committee
Contact: 98716-05353 or 90151-37535

Workshop on Managing Drought and Flood through Rejuvenation of Traditional Water System

Date: 13-14 March 2013
Venue: Tarun Ashram, Bhikampura-Kishori, Alwar, Rajasthan 301022
Organiser: Tarun Bhagat Sangh
The program includes mismanagement of rainwater due to which there is flood at some places and water scarcity at other places. A study by Tarun Bharat Sangh.
For detailed schedule: Click here
Contact: +91 1465 225043 / 9414019456 for lodging and boarding.

Traditional Food Festival at Malkangiri, Odisha

Date: 8th March 2013
Venue: Malkangiri, Odisha.
Organisers: Farmer Organisations of Malkangiri, Odisha.
Contact: Organisation for Rural Reconstruction & Integrated Social Service Activities (ORRISSA)
Address: 40/570, Laxmi Vihar, P.O. Sainik School, Bhubaneswar – 751 005 Odisha
Phone: 0674 –  2582848
The major objective of this food festival is to giving a recognition the tribal farmers and legitimatizing their healthy food habits. It would also bring nutrient rich food to the urban population and helping them to adopt healthier food habits. This in turn would help in conserving the depleting agro-biodiversity.

National Convention on Natural Farming

Dates: 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th of March 2013
Venue: Bhairudan Chalani Krushi Farm, Diyatara, Kolayat, Bikaner, Rajasthan
Organisers: Khadi Mandir, Near Public park Chautinakua, Bikaner 334001 Rajasthan
Diyatara is 64 Kms from Bikaner
Stay and food will be provided by organizers
Participants will bear their travel cost
Registration is free of cost
Contacts:
Fusraj chalani: 09435037303
Dr. Dharmachandra Jain: 0151-2240832
Vipin Chandra: 0151-2521869
Girdhari Ram: 09414418123
Dhudaran Diyatara:09413265908

National Seminar on Alternative Marketing Avenues of Agricultural Products

Organisers: Chamber of Agricultural Marketing (CAM)
Consumer Research Education Action Training and Empowerment (CREATE)
Date: 16th March 2013, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Venue: Rotary, C.D. Hall, Erode
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IFOAM Organic Leadership Course, Europe 2013

First residential session: 14-21st July 2013 in Dornach, Switzerland
Closing Date for applications: April 15, 2013
How can you gain?
By enrolling yourself, or by sending one or more of your employees/associates to participate
Participants will gain and enhance their skills in:

  • Organic Agriculture production principles;
  • Standards, certification and value chain development;
  • Advocacy strategy and practice;
  • Research and support systems;
  • Management and leadership;
  • Communication.

Course fee: Euro 2800:  Includes all materials, tuition, study visits and conferencing costs for two residential sessions: (July 14 – 21, Switzerland and February 2013 Nuremberg) and 8 online webinar sessions (excludes travel and accommodation).
Alternatively, a fee of Euro 4000 will include all the above plus accommodation and meals (two person shared) for both residential sessions (Travel costs excluded).
For more information on participation or sponsorship, please contact us at:
e-mail: academy@ifoam.org
or visit our website at: www.ifoam.org/academy
Looking forward to hearing from you!

Genetically Modified Crops and Food Security

Interactive panel Discussion on National Science Day
Date:  28th February 2013
Venue: Indian National Science Academy, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi – 110002
Chair: Prof. Krishan lal, president INSA, New Delhi
Panelists:
Prof. G. Padmanaban, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Prof. Akhilesh kumar Tyagi, NIPGR, New Delhi
Prof. N.K. Singh, IARI, New Delhi
Please mail your participation at sci-soc@insa.nic.in

Training Programme on Natural Farming

Trainer: Mr. Subhash Palekar
Dates: 7th to 10th March 2013
Venue: Dighal Gaushala, Dighala, Jhajjar, Haryana
Organisers: ‘HABITAT’ Baghpur, Jhajjar, Haryana
For more information: Click here
Please pass on the information to interested farmers friends.

Natural Farming and Pest Literacy one day Workshops

Organisers: Kheti Virasaat Mission (KVM)
Dates: From 24th February to 15th of March 2013
Timings of All Workshops: 9.30 AM to 4.30 PM
Coordinators for Workshops: Gurpreet Dabrikhana-9915195062;
Balwinder Jaisinghwala-9815245626
For detailed information on workshop district wise: Click here

Organic Sundays – Organic Farming Market

Date: Sunday 24th February 2013.
Venue: Jor Bagh, New Delhi

This is the first event where all organic farming groups will be housed under one roof, promoting the organic farming together. The pilot program is designed to iron out all issues regarding the establishment and management of a year-round Sundays Organic Farmers’ Market (OFM) for New Delhi.
So let’s make this program the best yet, invite all our friends and associates to come along and make the day a great success!

At this venue we will be free to sell edibles that can be consumed within the premises area. Customers that purchase edibles may consume these products freely as part of their shopping experience.  There is plenty of free parking available at the Jor Bagh Market and one entry point has been nominated for all vendors to use for ease of set-up and pack-up purposes.

Contacts: Organic Farmer’s Market, Naurang House, 21 Kasturba Gandhi Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi 110001 India, Ph: 01126655155, Cell: 098716 05353, Permaculture India

Farm Weekend at Lifeboat Farm

Dates: 9th to 10th March 2013
Venue: Anil’s, Lifeboat Farm, next to Delhi Public School East (DPS East), off Sarjapur Road.
Call for Farm Directions:
Anil Kapur mobile: 98453-33331. Caretakers’ mobiles: Narender 85532-24063 Hari 85534-25461.
Registration Contact: Ravi Koushik (Mobile – 988665015; Email – ravikoushik@yahoo.com)
Please send a email with the following details –
Full Name, Gender, Phone Number, Number of Participants,
Where You Are Coming From, Whether Registering For Overnight Stay:  Yes/No
If a seat is still available, your place will be reserved and a confirmation mail sent to you.
Accommodation:
Rustic tent accommodation will be available on the farm for a limited number of participants. However you will need to bring your own sleeping bags, pillows, sheets etc. Clean portable toilets will be available on the farm.
Workshop Fees: The fee for the two days is Rs. 1000/-.
This includes breakfast, lunch & evening tea.
Additional Fees For People Registering for Overnight Stay & Evening Activities
For overnight stay at the farm, an additional Rs. 1000/- will be charged. This includes the tent accommodation (twin sharing), dinner & bed tea. Please note that only 12 places are available for overnight stay on first cum basis.
Payment: Please pay directly to Anil by cash on arrival.
Seats: A total of 25 seats are available for the day workshops on a first cum basis. Out of this 12 people may register for overnight stay on the farm.
Dress Code: Please bring a set of farm clothes (any comfortable clothes that you can afford to soil), shoes/sandals & cap. Note that this is a practical workshop & you will be working with your hands & feet in cow-dung & soil most of the time. Carry a water bottle, drinking water is available on the farm.

Press conference on Agriculture Minister’s claim that GM food is required to ensure India’s food security

Date: 19 February 2013
Time: 12:30 pm
Venue: Indian Women’s Press Corps, New Delhi

The Ministry of Agriculture has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in which it argued that Genetically Modified (GM) crops are required to ensure India’s food security. After the last hearing of the Supreme Court on this PIL, the Attorney General has been reported widely to have argued that the food demands of an increasing population can only be met through GM crops.

In this context, the Right to Food Campaign is holding a press conference on 19 February 2013 at the Indian Women’s Press Corps (5, Windsor Place, Ashoka Road, New Delhi 110001) at 12:30 pm to present its analysis on food security and GM crops. The main speakers at the conference will be Kavita Srivastava (People’s Union for Civil Liberties), Annie Raja (National Federation of Indian Women), Radha Holla (Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India) and Vinod Raina (Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti). For further information, please contact Ankita ( 9818603009), Dheeraj ( 9871799410) or Nishank ( 9015867930).

Secretariat – Right to Food Campaign
First Floor, E-39, Lajpat Nagar -III, New Delhi 110024. India
Email: righttofoodindia@gmail.com | Phone –  91 -11 -29849563
Website: www.righttofoodindia.org | Follow our updates on Facebook and Twitter

reStore celebrates fifth anniversary of organic bazaar

We invite you all for the fifth anniversary celebration, bazaar and book introduction of Pasumai Puratchiyin Kathai by Sangeetha Sriram (a founder- volunteer of restore)
Dates: Saturday February 16th 2013  4.00 pm
Venue: Kasturba Nagar Residents Association, 2nd Main Rd (opp Nilgiris at the turning to reStore)
Kasturba Nagar, Adyar
Program:
~ meet and honor the farmers who grow our food
~ acknowledgement of those who have worked to implement the vision of reStore
~ introduction of Pasumai Puratchiyin Kathai a book by Sangeetha Sriram Thiru D I Aravindan (Writer and Editor, Namma Chennai) will speak Dr. G Sivaraman, Siddha Vaidyar and columnist on health and safe food will receive a copy
~  organic ‘inippu kaaram’  (sweet, savoury, healthy drink)
~ surprise give-away for all children!
special bazaar thereafter!
reStore is an initiative founded by a group of volunteers in 2008, with the aim of connecting Chennai citizens with organic chemical-free food and with the processes that bring food to our tables. reStore’s activities include:
Retail:   reStore’s 100% organic food outlet started in mid-2008 is directed by volunteers along with a group of staff members who are passionate about natural foods.
Urban farming:  A very popular activity of reStore is edible gardening in both private and public spaces.
Awareness: Volunteers and staff members of reStore participate in many awareness and advocacy efforts, towards ensuring a future where all Indians have access to foods free of poisonous chemicals and genetically modified organisms.
Contact:
reStore,
No. 27/10 Second Main Road,
Kasturba Nagar, Adyar, Chennai 20
Ph: 044-24430093
http://restore.org.in
restorechennai@gmail.com
ananthoo – 9444166779

Citizens’ Action for Safe Food

Date: 9th February, Saturday 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
Venue: Jantar Mantar, Delhi
Let us all join hands to celebrate National Safe Food Day on 9th Feb to mark 3rd anniversary of moratorium put on Bt Brinjal. Let us gather in maximum numbers to celebrate the fact that in India, we have been able to keep away an unknown, and unproven-to-be-safe GMO called Bt Brinjal away from our plates. Let us make sure that we have safe food.
For Flyer: Click here
If you are planning any event then also drop a mail to Nishank (Email: nishank.kisanswaraj@gmail.com ; Mob:  9015867930) or Renu (Email: renu.gmfi@gmail.com ; Mob:  9868383057), so that we can add your event details on the event blog.

National Seminar on GM Crops and Food Security- Issues and Prospects

Organisers: Jatan Trust, Gujrat Vidyapith and Bharatiya Kisan Sangh
Contact: Jatan, Vinoba Ashram, Gotri, Vadodara: 390 021,
Phone:   0265-2371429, Fax: 0265-2371880, Emailjatantrust@gmail.com
Dates: 14-15 Feb, 2013 (THU-FRI)
Venue: Hirak Mahotsav Hall, Gujarat Vidypith, Near Income-tax Cross Road, Ahmedabad

We aim to discuss the issues like Trends and Review of GM crops, Recent Reports from various Committees related to GM crops, Risk Assessment and Bio-safety Regulations, Food Security and its relation with GM crops etc. This will also give us an opportunity to share views and update ourselves on the sound ground of science.

We plan to invite all important stake holders including policy makers, biodiversity experts, farmers and their leaders, farm scientists, economists, social scientists, medical professionals, representatives from food and seed industry, consumers and NGOs; and look forward for a meaningful deliberation leading to a concrete set of recommendations to the concerned people. More than thirteen experts of national and international repute have confirmed to deliver their valuable experience.

For registration: Click here
For background Note: Click here

“From Soil to Seed to Plate” – A two day hands-on organic farming workshop

We celebrate National Safe Food Day & commemorate the 3rd Anniversary of the Moratorium declared on Bt Brinjal, Come, join us.

Audience: Farmers, Green Guardians, beginners, experts from all walks who are interested to rediscover their relationship with growing their own food that in turn safeguards health

Let us pledge together to keep our food and our country GM free

Date: 9th & 10th February 2013
Time: 9.00 am – 5.30 pm
Fees: Rs.3000/- per person (Refreshments and organic lunch included)
Venue: Ishana in Gopathi farms, village singapura, vidyaranyapura post. Bangalore

Register now, Limited seats available

Contact: Pavithra-  +91 8277116606
Email: funfarming@annadana-india.org
For route map: Click here

An All India Farmers Study Camp

Dates: 13-16th, February, 2013 in Karnataka
Organisers: Karnataka State Farmer’s Association and Green Barigade

The “School of Village Republic” will be inaugurated on the occasion of the 77th Birth anniversary of Prof. Nanjundaswamy by Sri. Devanooru Mahadeva, a well known Dalit writer and C.K.Janu, Leader of the Adivasi Movement of Kerala.

Medha Patkar, Devinder Sharma, Rajendra Singh, Prof.Yogendra Yadav, Subhash Palekar, Prof.Ravivarma Kumar, Krishna Prasad, Babloo Ganguly, Harish Hande will be joining the cadres of the farmers movement in the Study Camp to strengthen the alliance and cooperation.

For detailed schedule: Click here
For more information registration and contact: Click here

Annual Malnad Mela

Vanastree is happy to invite you once more to our annual MALNAD MELA.
Date: February 2-3, 2013 (Saturday and Sunday)
Venue: Golden Bead School (playground), off Richmond Road, Bengaluru
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
We will have the usual range of seeds, foods and crafts. Also with us will be Namma Angadi, small steps, A Hundred Hands, and The Crafts Studio. This year there will be a variety of ethnic malnad foods repared by our members. Please do visit.
Contact: Sunita Rao
Cell: 9480299200, EmailL: vanastree@gmail.com

Maharashtra State Level Organic Farming Workshop

Dates: 10th and 11th of February 2013
Venue: Vedbhavan Mangal karyalaya, Satara Koregaon Road, Sangamnagar, Satara
Organisers: Maharashtra Organic Farming Federation (MOFF) and Organic Farming Association of India (OFAI)

The workshop is free of cost. Traditional crop varieties, new tools and organic farming other implements and materials will be allowed to be displayed in allocated stalls. There are accommodation arrangements for the participants arriving on 9th of February 2013 evening.

All problems and queries faced by the participants during practicing organic farming will be addressed in this workshop. Please send your queries in advance so as to have detailed answers.

If you have any suggestions regarding organizing such a workshop please do get in touch with us.
Participants arriving on 9th or on 10th have to register and confirm in advance about their arrival to have a comfortable stay. Your participation is most valued.

Contact: 020-25659090
For Marathi version: Click here

Vividhara and Beej Bachao Andolan are at the Green haat

Vividhara and Beej Bachao Andolan are at the Green haat with Biodiverse Organic Foods from Himalayas and Odisha, Himalayan Forest Exhibition from Community Conserved Areas and an Organic Food Café at Dilli haat 

Dates: Till Jan 31. 11am to 9pm
Venue: Near Stage area, first 4 stalls to left and Organic Cafe facing the pathway

Green haat is a forest festival, with groups working on Non-Timber Forest Produce like medicinal/herbal plants, crafts, cosmetics, foods including biodiverse organic foods and music.

Vividhara
Beej Bachao Andolan

Two one day workshops for small growers about organic certification at zero cost under Participatory Guarantee Scheme (PGS)

Organisers: Organic Farming Association of India (OFAI) and PGS council of India in collaboration of Farm 2 Food Foundation
Venue: Krishi Niwas, Directorate of Agriculture, Khanapara, Guwahati
Date: 6th February 2013 – Tea growers; 7th February 2013 – Other small growers
Time: 10 AM to 5 PM
Registration: Rs. 200/ person
Lunch and refreshments will be served. Participants have to bear their own travel expenses to Guwahati. Farmer’s hostel is available for overnight stay at nominal cost. Please contact organisers for booking a room.
For further details contact:
Samir Bordoloi,
Farm 2 Food Foundation, Guwahati
Mobile: 09854049583
Email: farm2food@gmail.com

Training Program on Ecological agriculture mainly for the North Eastern states

Organisers: Development Research Communication and Services Centre (DRCSC) and Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture (ASHA)
Dates: 22-26 February, 2013
Venue: CASA Resource Centre at Saontalpur, Alipurduar, West Bengal
In order to promote increased awareness and application about sustainable agriculture and development of trainers in the eastern part of India (with special focus on North East), Development Research Communication and Services Centre (DRCSC), as part of ASHA ( Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture), is organizing a Training Program on Sustainable Agriculture/ Ecological Farming during 2012-13(upto September’2013).
The program is composed of 3-4 weeks of training spread over the year in three segments and commencing from February 22-26, 2013. The training modes will be classroom, on-field and exposure. The language medium will be Hindi, English & Bengali. The training Program will be conducted by eminent trainers like Sri Ardhendu Sekhar Chatterjee, Sri Tapas Mondal etc.
Organisations are requested to send names of their would-be trainers at the earliest. We are seeking 2-4 representatives from each state of eastern India. The participants should have focus of agricultural work for at least 2-3 years and should have the interest to promote sustainable agriculture in their areas/state in a result oriented fashion.
All the cost of training will be borne by DRCSC except the cost of travel and travel costs are to be borne by the respective organizations who are nominating participants for the Training Program. The training places will be within the boundary of the state of West Bengal.
We request the organizations to send the names of their nominated participants with a brief description about the participants.
The Primary training starts on 22-26 February, 2013 at the CASA RC, Saontalpur, Alipurduar. The nearest railway stations are New Alipurduar Jn. And Alipurduar Jn. Book your tickets for any of the aforesaid two stations and the training centre is roughly 15-30 minutes auto drive from the station.
We solicit an early response in this regard.
Contact:
Raj Krishna Mukherjee
Development Research Communication and Services Centre
58A Dharmatola Road, Kasba, Bosepukur,
Kolkata 700 042
Ph. no. 033 2442 7311
M-  9883119443/  9433801622

“Bhutalli Panduga” (The mother earth festival)

Venue: Sompeta, Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh
Dates: 8-10 th March 2013.
Organisers: NAPM AP and Sompeta Paryavarana Parirakshana Samiti
The People’s movement of Sompeta against the Thermal Power Project of Nagarjuna Construction Company for the past three and half years is ushering a new revolution in the people of the district. From having given their lives to the bullets of the police and continuing a Relay Hunger

Strike for more than 1000 days, the people of Sompeta have learnt that merely opposing “destructive models of development” is not enough. And have thus embarked on the path of “reconstruction and change” by first moving away from the grid and opting for decentralized Solar Power and public
transport over private transport to using of Handloom over mill fabrics and from chemical farming to organic farming.

However, this needs to be brought more and more into public domain.

With this objective we are organizing the Mother Earth Festival that will showcase all alternatives that will save the earth and her children from the current destructive paradigms of development – native seeds, natural farming practices, food stalls, but also all eco-friendly alternatives like handlooms, khadi, energy conservation and Rural Innovations that are useful in the day to day life.

We will also have small discussion meetings during the day on some important issues like localising food production, issues of handloom and water and energy conservation We, therefore request you to participate in this festival by showcasing your work / initiative in alternatives. We will be able to provide stall space and basic (dormitory) accommodation and food, However, we cannot provide transport facilities. Do let us know if you will be able to join us in this effort by the 20th of January – So that we can make necessary arrangements. The money for this event is being raised by donations from the various villages and townspeople of Sompeta Movement and friends of NAPM.

Contacts: Saraswati Kavula
NAPM – AP chapter
Phone – 09849718364

Biodynamic training programme

Dates: February 25th to March 02nd, 2013, followed by a three-days course in BD prep making and retrieval from March 4th to 6th, 2013
Venue: Sacred Heart College in Shenbaganur near Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu.
Farmers in India are increasingly opting for organic farming as a viable alternative to chemical agriculture. In this context, biodynamic (BD) agriculture will strengthen the organic farming movement and be of immense help to organic farmers.
A number of experienced BD practitioners trained by Peter Procter will conduct the course. The course has a good balance of theory and practical sessions.
For application form of this course and further details: Click here.

3rd National Conference on Organic Urban Gardening

Dates:  25-27th Jan 2013
Venue: Spaces, Besant Nagar, Chennai – 600090
For registration: Click here

This conference will provide a forum for gardeners from different cities to share with each other their experiences in urban gardening, with a special focus on ‘Community Gardening’. We will have invited speakers, time for discussions, visits to farms and urban gardens and some work sessions. We are hoping that this conference will bring together serious and avid gardeners from all over India who are interested in taking the movement of urban gardening to a national level. In order to enable representation from multiple states, we will be restricting the number of local participants.

Topics: Understanding community gardening in the Indian context, Children and urban gardening, Food Safety in urban gardens, Urban garden designing, and green architecture and urban gardens.  This conference will be of interest to those who are interested in being part of the larger urban gardening movement in India. Please consider this before deciding to register.
Accommodation: For participants outside Chennai, we can provide simple shared accommodation at one of our organizing team member’s home, if required.
Registration Fee: Rs. 700/- for Jan 25th and 27th. An additional Rs 1000/- for those going to Auroville on 26th.  The registration fee covers the actual costs for the conference (breakfast, lunch, and snacks on all three days), transport to Auroville and back, and expenses related to organizing the conference. Any local travel to and from the venue is not included.  If for some reason you are unable to afford this fee, please contact us at the phone/email below.
For detailed schedule and mode of payment: Click here
Contact:
Kavitha Ramakrishnan 95000-44897
Sangeetha Sriram 94440-07649
Anita Balasubramanian 98402-49251

Workshop on Sustainable Agriculture in Bihar

Organisers: Tara Foundation in association with National ASHA network
Date: 8th January 2013; 11AM onwards
Venue: 2nd floor, hall no. 3, A.N. Sinha Institute, Patna
Expert: Dr. Ramanjaneyulu, Director, Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, Hyderabad
Contact: Pankaj Bhushan, Convener, GM Free Bihar Movement, Patna
Cell: 9472999999/9308305339

Natural Farming Workshop & Participatory Review

Dates:  28th to 30th December, 2012
Venue: Chiranji Lal Dharmshala, Near Railway Station, Jaitu [Faridkot]
In continuation of its endeavor to build a farmer led organic farming movement based on strong scientific foundations and participatory research Kheti Virasat Mission (KVM) is organising a Natural Farming Workshop & Participatory Review.

The workshop shall be addressed by eminent ecological agriculture scientist Dr Om Prakash Rupela, Hyderabad  Former Principal Scientist, ICRISAT; Former National Consultant to UN-FAO and World Bank  and Dr Surinder Dalal, Jind Man who brought a silent revolution of pest education in Haryana by educating thousands of women and farmers.

Workshop shall start on 28th December evening and shall conclude on 30th December after Lunch.
A review shall be done based on the experiences of the farmers regarding different practices and recommendations shall be evolved through participatory methodology.

You are earnestly requested to join this workshop. Your participation is highly anticipated.
Stay and bedding shall be arranged for confirmed participants only.

For details please contact:
Balwinder Jaisinghwala – 09815245626
Gurpreet Dabrikhana – 09915195062

‘Are Genetically Modified crops a solution to India’s food security?’

Forum of Environmental journalists Of India (FEJI)
Invitation for a press briefing
Date: On Friday, 21st December 2012, 530 -730 PM
Venue: The Press Club,
Patrakar Bhavan,
Next to Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh,
Mahapalika Marg, Azad Maidan, Mumbai- 01
Speaker: Mr Devinder Sharma.Trained as an agricultural scientist, Mr Devinder Sharma is a distinguished food and trade policy analyst and an award-winning Indian journalist, writer, thinker, and researcher well-known for his views on food and trade policy.

This Press Briefing has been arranged as there is an urgent need to create an informed debate with regard to GM crops in India and dwell upon lasting solutions that India should adopt.
Contact: Shaheen Contractor – 9823732727 / shaheen_sjc@hotmail.com
Darryl D’Monte, Chairperson, FEJI, 2642 7088

Certified Permaculture Design Course

Dates: 21st January to 3rd February 2013
Venue: Kavita’s Farm, Zirad, Alibaug, Maharashtra, India
The aim of this course is to give you the tools, enthusiasm and support to create true abundance in all areas of life (from food, energy, shelter, through to community, work and your spiritual welfare). You will learn how by observing and working with nature and through thoughtful intentional design you can make your life more fulfilling, without exploiting or creating pollution.
Certification: This course is accredited by the Permaculture Association Britain. The certificate is recognised throughout the world and entitles the holder to use Permaculture in their professional work.
Course Cost:  Rs 18,000 (£225) for Resident Indians, Rs 24,000 (£300) for Foreign Nationals
Cost is inclusive of accommodation and lovingly prepared, high vibrational, organic, cooked and raw vegan meals
To reserve your place contact:
Rakesh rakeshaji@gmail.com
Janice janicecarr28@yahoo.com (91671 22891)
Mimansa kapurmimansa@yahoo.com (91672 84193)
Neville neville.trl@gmail.com (99674 42970)
For more visit : www.ecologicaldesigns.co.uk

Masters’ Training Program on Sustainable Agriculture: Theory and Practice

Organisers: Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, Secunderabad
Dates: 29th Jan to 2nd Feb 2013
The course broadly covers following topics:
–       Understanding agrarian crisis – role of practices & policies.
–       Understanding Pests & Diseases through Farmer Field School approach
–       Soil Fertility Management – Understanding Principles & Practices
–       Seed Management
–       Institutional building to increase market accessibility of farmer
The participants will visit the organic village and farmers’ seed cooperative.
The training would be in the form of lectures, discussions, case studies, interactions and field visits to organic villages and producer cooperatives.
Participants are requested to book their tickets to Secunderabad. From CSA office, 29th early morning, a vehicle will start to the venue. People, who are arriving the previous night / previous day, please inform to Vijay Kumar, CSA Ph. No: 27017735 in advance so that local accomodation could be arranged.
No of Participants: 30
Medium: The entire course would be in English. Translation into English would be arranged during field visits.
Participants: The course is designed for development professionals working to promote ecological farming/ organic farming/sustainable agriculture. Senior staff working with farmers from NGOs, Farmers’ Movements, and Government organisations can apply.
Course Fee: Rs. 10,000/- per participant (DD/Cheque in favour of CENTRE FOR SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE, payable at Hyderabad). This will cover training costs, accommodation, field visit travel, resource material in the form of manuals, multimedia CDs, films etc.
Last date: 20th December, 2012
Click here for the nomination forms
Send your nominations to:
Chandrasekhar G
Centre for Sustainable Agriculture
12-13-445, Street No:1, Tarnaka, Secunderabad 500 017, AP, India,
Ph: 040 – 27014302 / 7735
Email: training@csa-india.org Visit: http://www.csa-india.org

Urban Farming at Home and Farmers Market – Delhi

Dates: 15th and 16th Dec 2012; 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Venue: E-37, Basement, Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi-110024
An interactive community space for people to join, share and learn about “Urban Farming” with practitioners, farmers, organic food suppliers, experts with live experiments!
–       Farmer’s Market on 2 days with stalls of organic fresh fruits, vegetables, millets, and ready-to-eat healthy, organic snacks for urban living (100% vegetarian)
–       Quiz for youth
Contribution:
1. Rs1000/- Early bird discount till 10th of December, 2012
2. Spot Registration: Rs1500/-
Above is inclusive of all meals, a take away home kit, educational materials, delegate kit. Cash, Cheques, Demand Draft in favour of the Indian Youth Climate Network payable in Delhi
Online: gyaanexchange.com
All donations are exempted under 80G
Support Partners:
IofC, Wiser.org, I say Organic, Nourish Organics, Shristi
Contact:
Rishab Khanna
rishab@iycn.in 0114171880
Pinaki Dasgupta
pinaki@iycn.in 01141718887
Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/250407945086897/

Delhi’s first Organic Food Mela

Venue: Jorbagh Park, Behind Mandir, Delhi
Date: 16th December, 2012, 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Stock up on your yearly requirement and give your family real organic food.
Organisers: People for animals and Indian Express
Contact: Shilpa Chaudhary – shilpachaudhary87@gmail.com
People for Animals – shilpa@peopleforanimalsindia.org

Sustenance of Organic Farming & Marketing of Organic Produces

Organisers: Bala Vikasa
Date: 22nd December,2012
Venue: Bala Vikasa PDTC, Warangal, Andhra Pradesh
Contact: S. Shoury Reddy, Executive Director

Objectives:
To share knowledge and  skills in making organic farming a sustainable practice
Identify potential market for organic products

Contents:
Best Organic practices for food crops & horticulture
Comprehensive and integrated practices with proven results need to be focused ensuring sustainable organic farming in food crops & horticulture
Marketing knowledge in organic products
To create confidence among farmers to sell the organic produces and identify potential market for them.
Need for organic producer cooperative.
Organic certification
Need of organic certification to authenticate the organic produces and ensure fair price.

Who can participate:
Organic farmers
Project coordinators of NGOs promoting organic farming
Organic experts
Department officials
In order to encourage your participation, Bala Vikasa PDTC will provide food and accommodation at its premises. Travel reimbursement up to maximum of Rs.600 second class fare by bus / train can be provided.


Screening of ‘Cotton for my shroud” at Delhi on December 7

Topic: ‘Cotton for my shroud’
Date: 7 December, 2012
Time:  9:30 am.
Venue: India International Centre, 40, Lodi Estate, New Delhi.
Invited By: The farmers of Vidarbha

The film was awarded the Rajat Kamal for the Best Investigative Film at the 59th National Awards, 2011. It was selected for the ‘Indian Panorama – 2012’ and screened at the recently concluded International Film Festival of India, at Goa. The Directors Nandan Saxena and Kavita Bahl will be present to introduce the film. The film screenings shall be followed by a Panel Discussion at 5:30pm.

‘Cotton for my shroud’ is not reportage. While it tries to understand from a grass-roots perspective what is driving the cotton farmers to despair, it also unsheathes the diabolical designs of multinational corporations to control seed supply. A nation that does not have food security cannot claim to be independent. And the government is complicit in this second colonization of India.

For more details, contact: Nandan Saxena at +91-120-4338282 (Studio) or +91-11-9810 367244 (Mobile)


Thane Organica’s ‘The Farmers Market’

Time: 10 am to 8 pm
Date: Sunday, December 9, 2012
Venue: Saraswati Marathi School, Thane
Supported by: ECOCERT Group, COFI & ORAM
Organised by: Nature’s Gram

Description: It will showcase the best produce and will display books from the field, it will conduct workshop on Organic Garden Kitchen. There will be eminent people from the organic field to answer your queries. There will be interaction with the farmers. Music, Artcorner and Food will be some of the other attractions of the event. The farmers market will showcase best Organic Vegetable & Fruits Produce; it will also bring the best Organic Brands together under one roof. Produce Like Cereals, Pulses, Grains, Honey, Green Tea, Coffee, Health Supplements, Skin Care, Essential and Edible Oils, etc. will be displayed.

About The Venue: The Venue is a Landmark in itself. The Saraswati High School Ground is the oldest
school in Thane. Near from the station and also in the heart of thane city. The area is surroundedby big housing societies. Complexes like, Hiranandani Meadows, Siddhachal, Tata Housing, Godrej Edenwoods, Lok Puram, Lok Vruksh, Lok Upvan, Neelkanth Heights and Kanakia Spaces are 3-4 km away from the Farmers Market Venue


Suicides and the Predicament of Rural India

Topic: Suicides and the Predicament of Rural India
Lectured By: Dr. A R Vasavi
Time: 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm
Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Venue: Sundarayya Vignana Kendram, Bagh Lingampally, Hyderabad
Invited By: Knowledge in Civil Society Trust (KICS) and Rythu Swarajya Vedika

Description: Dr AR Vasavi will talk about this study and how these agrarian suicides are situational acts which are the result of the vulnerable positions of marginalised agricultural households, caught in a web of risks and whose distress remains unrecognised and unresolved by an uncaring political regime. Locating the suicides as a window to understanding post-1991 rural India, the study provides a succinct summary of the complexities and involutions which mark rurality and the lives of rural citizens. The denouement and significance of suicides are commentaries on the state of the nation as a whole. She will touch upon the significance of the suicides, contemporary trends and the challenges ahead.

For more information, contact Joseph at scienceswaraj@gmail.com or at 8790535613


Announcing  the 2013 February Dialogues

Date: Wednesday, 6th February evening till Sunday, 10th February night
Venue: Fireflies Inter-religious Ashram, Bangalore, India
Organisers: The Meeting Rivers programme of Pipal Tree (Bangalore, India) and Dialogues en Humanite (Lyon, France).

The programme this year will include an analysis of the consequences of climate change on four eco-systems: rural (arid and semi-arid), urban, coastal and forest. Among the consequences of climate change will be its impact on food production, drinking water, livelihood and habitat. Not only will the impacts be assessed, but practical solutions will be sought.
The February Dialogues will conclude with a spectacular music and cultural festival which integrates the themes which we will be addressing. Be sure to attend the festival on Sunday 10th February, which will begin at noon and conclude at 10 pm.
We will take care of the food and lodging expenses of the participants. Do write to us soon as we can only accommodate a limited number of participants.

Contact: Pipal Tree
Fireflies Intercultural Centre
Dinnepalya, Kaggalipura P.O.
Bangalore – 82 India
Website: www.fireflies.org.in
www.pipaltree.org.in
Phone:    +91-80-28432725 | +91-9538226654


Organic farming at home

Dates: 15th and 16th December, 2012
Venue: Kali Mandir Society complex,CR Park, New Delhi , 110019, India
Registration Ends: Friday 14th of December 2012
Description : We propose to organize a Delhi’s Urban Farming Festival that will aim to attract people in Delhi to visit and participate in the following activities over 2 days:
1. Farmer’s Market on 2 days with stalls of organic fresh fruits, vegetables, millets, and ready-to-eat healthy, organic snacks for urban living
2. Workshops & trainings on Urban Natural Farming, Natural Pesticides, Compost and Millets
To enroll go to this URL http://www.gyaanexchange.com/offline/culture-lifestyle/urban-farming-masti/

Don’t miss the 14th China International Organic Food Expo!

Dates: April 7 – 9, 2013
Venue: China International Exhibition Center (Halls 2-7), Beijing
Organizing Committee: Shibowei International Exposition Co., Ltd
Support: IFOAM
 
Why Should You Participate? 

  • More than 580 exhibitors from all regions of the world;
  • Visitors from Germany, Singapore, USA, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Italy, Turkey, Russia, India, Sri Lanka, Australia, Thailand, Egypt, Greece, France, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sudan, Spain, Tunisia, Swiss, Dubai, Pakistan and Cameroon;
  • Participation by organic food industry professionals, key decision makers and solution seekers;
  • Exhibition supported by Global IFOAM (Germany), National Organic Industry Alliance and the Chinese Organic & Natural Foods Association;
  • 6 spacious halls and more than 40,000 sqm of exhibition space and 35,466 professional visitors.

What Benefits do IFOAM Affiliates get?

  • 10% Discounted Booth Price or one free standard room in the 3-star hotel during the exhibition;
  • Free advertisement in the Official Catalogue of Shibowei Organic Expo 2013;
  • Free advertisement in the China Food Newspaper until the end of this expo.

Do not waste time and consider your participation of this strong & growing platform!

Contact: Wendy +86-10-15810310934
Address: Room 904, Cell 4, Building 1, No 69(Fortune street tower), Chao yang District, Chao yang Road, Beijing – 100123
Tel: +86-10-85841055-628/86-10-85785006-628
Fax: +86-10-51413308
Official website: www.gnfexpo.com.cn/en/index.html  
Email: foodexhibition11@163.com    MSN:waz541397592@live.cn
Skype: shibowei1


Interactive Session with Media on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in our Food & Farming

Venue: At The Press Club Conference Hall, Patrakar Bhavan, next to Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh, Mahapalika Marg, Azad Maidan, Mumbai- 01
Date: On Tuesday, 4th December 2012
Time: From 6.30 PM to 8.30 PM and Dinner thereafter
This interactive session with media is specially arranged as part of a civil society effort to create an informed debate with regard to GMOs in India & elsewhere, to present the concerns from the resistance movements and dwell upon lasting solutions that India should adopt.
Session begins with two brief presentations by
(1) Kapil Shah, Organic Farmers Association of India, Gujarat
(2) Kavitha Kuruganti, Convener, Alliance for Sustainable & Holistic Agriculture (ASHA), India
Followed by Interactive Session with participants.


Jan Sansad to discuss land rights, agrarian crisis, farmers and seed sovereignty at Jantar Mantar

Date: Thursday, November 29th 2012
Time:  10:00 am onwards | Press Conference at 3:30 pm
Venue:  Jantar Mantar
Contact: Madhuresh 9818905316 | Sanjeev 9958797409 | Nishank 9910137929 | Neha Saigal 7760968772
Organisers for the day:

National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM), Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture (ASHA), Ekta Parishad, Greenpeace India, National Campaign for People’s Right to Information (NCPRI), Minerals, Mines and People (MMP)

Agenda: Land Rights, Agriculture and Natural Resources | 10 :00 am onwards Jantar Mantar
addressed by Medha Patkar, Aruna Roy, Kavita Kuruganti, Kiran Vissa, Kishore Tiwari, Vijay Jawandhia,Vimal Bhai, Bhupinder Singh Rawat, Sreedhar and others.

Jan Sansad Organising Collective
National Alliance of People’s Movements
National Office: Room No. 29-30, 1st floor, ‘A’ Wing, Haji Habib Bldg, Naigaon Cross Road, Dadar (E), Mumbai – 400 014; Ph: 022-24150529

6/6, Jangpura B, Mathura Road, New Delhi 110014
Phone : 011 26241167 / 24354737 Mobile : 09818905316
Web : www.napm-india.org
Facebook : www.facebook.com/NAPMindia
Twitter : @napmindia


Weekend workshop on Permaculture and Natural Farming

Aims at empowering you with knowledge & skills to create your own Permaculture garden & take a step into the world of growing your own food.

Date:         14, 15, 16th December 2012
Venue:      Solitude Organic Farm, Auroville
Organiser:Krishna McKenzie, Solitude Farm, Auroville
The workshop will be focused on hands on, working together, learning the skills needed to start growing one’s own food. There will be a strong philosophical element with reading and discussion from the book, “One Straw Revolution”. Other aspects of the workshop will be social in nature, exploring why our societies have degenerated to such an extent and what we can actually do in relation to food and nature to restore them. Included in this, we will naturally cover diet and cooking, local foods, traditional recipes etc. Everything is intimately connected, society, health, arts, farming and food.
 
For Registration: Click Here
 
Contact:   
Krishna McKenzie
+91-9843319260
krishnamckenzie@auroville.org.in

Malvikaa Solanki
+91-9980111998
malvikaa.s@gmail.com
 


Agro- ecology School Dec 24-29th in Hyderabad

Date: December 24 –December 29 2012
Venue:    Agro-Ecology School 2012
Centre for Sustainable Agriculture
12-13-445, Street no-1, Tarnaka
Secunderabad-500 010
Email: csa@csa-india.org

Organisers: All India Peoples’ Science Forum, National Institute of Rural Development Jana Vigyan Vedhika-AP and Centre for Sustainable Agriculture
Supported by:  Department of Science and Technology

There would be a mutual learning exercise where participants from across the country from various universities, NGOs and farmers organisations would evolve strategies on how we can strengthen and promote agro-ecological approaches.
We are also discussing about forming a scientific organisation Indian Society of Agro-Ecology.
Total participants: 50

For Concept Note:Click Here
For Nomination Form: Click Here
Contact :  Ramanjaneyulu 040-27017735 | Mobile: 09000699702


Via Campesina call for Video Submissions! Get involved and spread the word!

Send us your video on land, food, agroecology, native seeds, water, food sovereignty, farmer organizations and struggles, or any campaign against GMOs, TNCs, the use of agrotoxins in agriculture and so on. (4 minutes maximum)

Deadline: Before January 10, 2012
Upload it on vimeo, youtube or any other system.

For more information, please contact: lvc-communication@viacampesina.org

International Operational Secretariat:
Jln. Mampang Prapatan XIV no 5 Jakarta Selatan, Jakarta 12790 Indonesia
Tel/fax: +62-21-7991890/+62-21-7993426


 Agro Tech 2012 – Sustainable Agriculture

Dates: 1st- 4th December 2012
Venue_ Agro Tech Conference: CII Conference Hall: Sector 31 – A, Chandigarh
Venue_ Biennial Agro Technology & Business Fair: Parade Ground, Sector 17, Chandigarh
Organisers:    Agro Tech 2012, Global Agrisystem Pvt. Ltd, Rabo Equity Advisors

For further information on inaugural session: Click here
For further information on sessions in the conferences please visit: Click here

We would like to request you to participate in the Conferences which would witness experts from industry, Government and academia deliberate on key areas and suggest practical solutions and interventions on the way forward for ensuring a sustainable growth of the agriculture sector in India.   In order to confirm your participation, we request you to kindly fill up the enclosed Registration Form and send it to us. You are also requested to please log on to www.agrotech-india.com for further details. We look forward to receiving your confirmation at your earliest convenience.

For registration form: Click here
Contact:
Mr Ratnakar Pandey – 0124-4014071 /72 / 4014060-67 Extn. 365/ 369
Mobile: 09911325652Fax: 0124-4014070
e-mail: ratnakar.pandey@cii.in
Mr. Subash Sapru – 09910336104


Seed workshop

Date: 1st Dec 2012
Venue: Saha Astitva farm, Ganeshpuri, approximately 100 km north of Mumbai
Tentative schedule:
10:00 – 10:45: Breakfast at Ganeshpuri and travel to the farm
10:45 – 12:30: Session 1- Seed storage
12:30 – 14:00: Lunch and walk around the farm
14:00 – 16:00: Session 2- Using hybrid seeds, Indian laws, etc
16:00: Sugar cane juice/ Herbal tea
For registration please email: Neesha <neesha.chris@gmail.com> with a copy to Debora <saha.astitva@yahoo.in>.
If you have any questions about the content of the workshop you can ask Debora.
We need to limit the group number to the first 25; so please send your firm confirmation as soon as possible. Details about how to reach there will be emailed on confirmation.
Contribution: We suggest a voluntary contribution of Rs 500 per head (excluding travel) to cover the costs for the day and to continue the work of promoting sustainable agriculture in the region.

Organisers: Debora and Amelie, Saha Astitva volunteers and Neesha, Mumbai Organic Farmers and Consumers Association (MOFCA) volunteer

Workshop details
Date: 2nd & 3rd December 2012
Time: 9.00 am – 5.30 pm
Fees: Rs.3000/- per person
(Refreshments and organic lunch included)
Register now: Limited seats available
Venue: Ishana, Gopathi farms, Bangalore

Contact: Pavithra +91 8277116606
Email: funfarming@annadana-india.org
Route map link: http://www.annadana-india.org/roadmap.jpg


Biodynamic & Organic Farming Training Course

Dates: 1st December – 7th December, 2012
Venue: Bhaikaka Krishi Kendra, Ravipura, District Anand, Gujarat, Pin Code – 388440.
Course Instructors: Sarvdaman Patel & David Hogg
Course Summary:
Basic Course – The first four days cover the basics of organic & biodynamic farming with many intensive hands-on sessions
Advanced Course – The last three days cover the art & science of growing Vegetables, Dairy & Fodder Management.
Fees:
Rs. 8000/- For Basic Course from 1st to 4th
Rs. 7000/- For Advanced Course in Vegetables, Dairy & Fodder Management from 5th to 7th
Rs. 13000/- If registered for the entire course from 1st to 7th

For registration: click here
For course structure: click here
For additional information: click here

Alternatively, contact Ravi Koushik [email: ravikoushik@yahoo.com] [mobile: 09886655015]


Workshop cum Training on Agro forestry Paradox – If trees on farm are profitable, why so few of them?

Jointly organised by – OFAI – Karnataka, ICRA-Bengaluru & C.K.Trust, Pavagada.
23rd to 26th November, 2012.

In semi arid regions, it is the conventional scientific wisdom that integrating trees with crops improves profits, sustainability and resilience of farming. Yet, we have a paradox on ground- farms of this region have very few trees, particularly in rainfed farms. Even the trees and seedlings that come up naturally in the farm are often removed.

The workshop is an attempt to address the above paradox. During the four days of the workshop researchers with successful on-farm implementation record in new designs of Agro-forestry will interact with a set of innovative and practicing farmers from diverse Agro-ecological farming contexts.  Apart of issues that emerge during the interaction, the workshop will focus on –

a) Reasons for current farmers’practice;
b) Critically evaluate costs and benefits of new designs in agroforestry through case studies;
c) Evolve a consensus on acceptable designs of agroforestry forspecific farming contexts;
d) Utilize appropriate scientific tools and methods to apply such acceptable designs to their own farm plots;
e) Evolve methods and processes for the group to network and conduct further participative research on Agroforestry.

Tailoring to the Climate variability of the region is a critical for appropriate Agroforestrydesign.  As part of the design tools we provide variability analysis of long term daily rainfall data (for regions within Karnataka).

Other available tools include-
a) Data base on economics, growth and ecological preferences of timber, fodder and bio-fence trees;
b) Agroforestry water balance model for the entire soil profile by considering catchment run-off.

We also aim to document the interactions during the workshop to enable sharing and publication.
The workshop is a joint initiative of INSTITUTE FOR CULTURLA RESEARCH AND ACTION, BENGALURU, ORGANIC FARMING ASSOCIATION OF INDIA, KARNATAKA and CHENNAVA KESAVA TRUST, PAVAGADA, KARNATAKA.

For further information write to icra@vsnl.com \ call 080-2528 3370\2521 3104.


Agro-ecological Farming School

Date: November 26th to December 1st 2012

Organisers: Centre for Sustianable Agriculture
National Institute of Rural Development
All India Peoples Science Network
Jana Vigyan Vedhika
Supporter: Vigyan Prasar of Department of Science and Technology

We would be getting about 70 scientists, NGOs, extension people, farmers together.  The detailed program will be shared soon.
Please do let us know who are interested in participation. We will be formally announcing the event in the national media.

Contact: Ramanjaneyulu GV Executive Director,
Centre for Sustainable Agriculture
12-13-445, Street no-1, Tarnaka, Secunderabad-500 017
Tel: 040-27017735 | Mobile: 09000699702, ramoo.csa@gmail.com
http://www.csa-india.orghttp://www.agrariancrisis.in