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Agroecology and going local

Volume 22, No 4, December 2020

Local food initiatives following agroecological approaches are gaining ground. Forced by adversity of global pandemic, communities have realised and recognised the importance of being self reliant. We have seen an upsurge in kitchen gardening, even in urban spaces. Farmers learnt to sell their produce using digital tools, with the help of proactive individuals and organisations. Overall, farmers survived even the pandemic, by making appropriate adaptations while urban consumers moved towards ‘growing own food’ and ‘buying local’. Globally, there is an increasing recognition of sustainable local food systems. Adaptation is key to sustenance.

In this issue we have included experiences of farmers and institutions that are practicing and promoting agroecological approaches. We have also included some views and opinions from the global context. We hope these experiences, views and opinions will interest and inspire you. We look forward to your feedback, as always. We remain deeply indebted to you all for your commitment to promotion of LEISA.

We heartily wish you and your families A Very Happy New Year 2021.

Highlights

Resilient farmers of Thar

The farmers from Indo-Pak bordering villages turned out to be far more resilient than expected amidst challenges like transportation clampdown during lockdown, locust attacks and other challenges.

An aesthetic regeneration

The five day Art event “Let me come to your wounds, heal myself”, as part of the 9th Seed Fest 2020 of FTAK, was an invitation to come home, to our own senses and to claim ourselves: our body, our land, and our bodily connections that preserve and nurture Earth and Life. This cross-disciplinary art project was done in the context of climate change and the alienation we experience today from the interconnectedness of life.

Self help is the best help – Indigenous farmers stand strong against economic slowdown

Farm on wheels, an initiative to sell local produce has enabled the farmer groups to access diverse local markets in a decentralized manner. In doing so this initiative has set an example to all other farmer groups collaborating with NESFAS in Meghalaya and encouraged them to adapt it an take it forward in their areas

The power of women’s networks for agroecology in India

"We knew we needed a space to save our native varieties of seeds and transmit the traditional knowledge of farming which is agroecological, which does not harm nature," says Chukki Nanjundaswamy, coordinator of Amrita Bhoomi near Bangalore, Karnataka – a peasant agroecology training center established to prove that an alternative farming model can exist. As a member of La Via Campesina, the center offers training based on the farmerto-farmer approach, centering agroecology, peasant rights, food sovereignty and social justice.
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Biological inputs for agroecology

Vol. 23.No.1, March 2021

Environmental concerns and awareness on soil and human health has led to renewed interest in ecological farming. Besides, use of biological or organic inputs leads to sustainable production, safe produce and reduced production costs. Biological inputs include a wide range of products aimed at supporting soil fertility, biological activity, plant protection and plant growth. They include microbial inocula (such as rhizobia), composts, manures, biochars and several preparations like jeevamrutha, panchagavya, neem decoctions etc. While some are the results of scientific research, some are born out of traditional knowledge of farming communities.Also, constantly, there are efforts to recognise and revalidate their efficacy, popularising some of their adoption by select State Government programmes.

Biological resources such as biofertilizers and other microbiological inputs have attracted lot of attention and are being promoted on large scale. On one hand there are private actors in the production and distribution of biologicals and on the other, there are farmers and farmer organisations taking up collective production of biologicals at the community level. Also, in the recent years efforts have been made to promote appropriate production methodologies among farmers for effective conversion of organic waste into nutrient rich compost and for preparing botanical extracts for pest management, by providing assistance under various State and Central Government schemes.

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