PEASANTS ARE BACK IN FOCUS
Deccan Development Society and Millet Network of India had excellent launch of International Year of Family Farmig on November 22, 2013 in different states in India. At DDS headquarters Pastapur we had a larger public meeting with about 500 women peasant farmers. Unlike our previous celebrations when we used to honour only women as farmers, in this celebration we honoured six FARMER FAMILIES that included the woman farmer, her husband, her sons and daughters in law -- the entire family which is involved in farming. This was the dispel the often held myth that younger people are not into farming at all.
Women's Day Honours DDS
Deccan Development Society is delighted and proud that two of the women belonging to the Society have been honoured by two distinctive awards on the occasion of International Women’s Day held on March 8, 2013. While Doordarshan honoured Ms Masanagari Chinna Narsamma, community filmmaker in its first Saptagari Sabala Sadhikarata Puraskaram the YSRCP honoured Ms Gangwar Anjamma for her contribution to the issues of biodiverse agriculture, seed conservation and organic farming........
Ringing Closure to the Mobile Biodiversity Festival
The 14th Mobile Biodiversity Festival, organized by the Sangham women of Deccan Development Society, was brought to a close in a vibrant and colourful valedictory ceremony that was organised at Pachasaale, Machnoor Village, Jharasangham Mandal, Andhra Pradesh on February 13, 2013.......
RESPONDING TO CLIMATE CHANGE
P V Satheesh of Deccan Development Society says the small landholders his organisation works wiht are using biodiversity, irrigation free farming to insulate themselves from the climate crisis. For this reason he believes small farms have a role to play in ensuring food security as climate change impacts take hold He also says small farmers are more productive and efficient than larger land owners, as well as being more sustainable...
DDS, MINI & SAGE
As the member of the AP State Biodiversity Board [APSBBB] and of the Agrobiodiversity Group of the National Biodiversity Authority [NBA], the DDS and its two major networks, MINI and SAGE are organising a series of events during the CBD. These events are intended to project issues related to agricultural biodiveresity and the negative impact it suffers because of genetic engineering in food and farming by projecting them and analyzing them in an Afro-Asian plain. This is also an effort forge new coalitions at the Afro Asian level. The details of the events are.....
Multi City Release of the Report to the Media
After ten years of its cultivation in India, Bt Cotton has now been described from being a super flop to an economic and ecological disaster.......
BT COTTON AND BEYOND
Dichotomy Between Rights-based and Market-based Development:
Presentation by P V Satheesh, Director, Deccan Development Society, Hyderabad, India at the IIED, HIVOS, SIDA, SIANI ONE WORLD and SWEDISH COOPERATIVE CENTRE Seminar on RIGHTS-BASED VERSUS MARKET BASED DEVELOPMENT: A FALSE DICHOTOMY FOR SMALL FARMERS? Stockholm, March 3, 2011
Organic Products for Sale
The following organic products are available for sale at DDS Sangam Shop at Zaheerabad. The produce is from the fields and farms of the members of the DDS women sanghams all of who are invariably ecological farmers.
From Pastapur to Dakar, the widening network of Millets
Many West african nations are getting ready to follow in the footsteps of Deccan Development Society in relentlessly pursuing the model of agriculture that encapsulates ecological farming, biodiversity, food and nutritional security along with health and ecological security. The Millet Network of India [MINI] of which the DDS is the national convenor, has foregrounded millets the cultivation of which embeds biodiversity, ecology and farmer self reliance.........
RE-SEARCHING AGRICULTURE IN SOUTH ASIA
Re-Searching Agriculture In South Asia, The law and policy context for agricutural research and development and its impact on smallholder farmers is from ADARSA, part of an ongoing international initiative called Democratising Food and Agricultural Research, which was launched in 2007 by partners in South and West Asia, the Andean region of Latin America, West Africa, and Europe. This multi-regional initiative uses a decentralised and bottom-up process to enable small-scale farmers and other citizens to decide what type of agricultural research and development needs to be undertaken to ensure peoples' right to food; and both influence and transform agricultural research policies and practices for food sovereignty.
On the Monsanto's nefarious promises and practices, farmer-filmamker China Narsamma explained her experiences of Bt cotton cultivation in the Makathini region of South Africa and Sulawesi province of Indonesia. Peasant filmmakers Humnapur Laxmamma and Eedulapally Manjulawho had done a six year long video research in the warangal and Nalgonda districts on Bt Cotton and Small farmers graphically explained how farmers had suffered heavy losses, leading to their suicides
My Best Gift, Ever:
"We don't need to do that anymore. Every family has food security now."
LOCAL CONCERNS, GLOBAL VOICES:
11 year-old Mayuri from poor Dalit
A story of an 11-year-old girl from a poor Dalit family in Andhra Pradesh who has been filming the agricultural practices of her community and has gained international acclaim
After the great news of the Indian Parliamentary Committee having unanimously rejected GM Crops and asking for the stoppage of field trials, this moratorium call by the Supreme Court appointed Technical Experts Committee [TEC] has come as a shot in the arm of all sane thinking people of India, feels SAGE. The TEC was asked by the highest court of the country to report back to the Court its recommendations on “whether there should or should not be any ban, partial or otherwise upon conducting of field trials of GMOs.”....
Bt Cotton is symbolic of the trap that genetically engineered crops are laying around the food sovereignty in Africa and Asia as well as the USA was the overwhelming opinion of speakers at the Press Conference ........
Vote for Millets in Food Security Bill
As Indian Nation is on the threshold of passing a landmark legislation in the form of the National Food Security Bill, we wish to draw your attention to some of hte key provisions of the Bill that need your urgent and vigorous attention.
The BRAI BILL 2011
What is the Bill Really About?
Safflower is an agricultural and food marvel. They are the only oilseeds which HAVE ZERO transfats, a major concern in heart conditions. Even more amazing is the fact that when cold pressed, safflower seeds are believed to scrape off cholesterol from human Jeart. Ayurvedic experts say that, when safflower oil is produced using traditional ghanuga [crusher] they exhibit anti cholesterol properties. Safflower oil is rich in Vitamin E and helps lower Blood Pressure, Diabetes and Coronary Heart Disease...