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Indonesia: an Agroecology Mobilization

Indonesia is a country with complex dynamics, rich in diversity, both in biological and sociocultural terms, which is paying the price of the myopic subjugation to the dogmas of productivity, without realizing the damage caused by it to the environment and its inhabitants. Indonesia’s civil society, however, is beginning to realize the dangers on the horizon of a production model that enriches the few, leaving the local population with little economic benefits and major problems especially related to the pollution of water and soil.

The success of the agro-ecological mobilization launched by Navdanya and Jaga Indonesia on the occasion of World Food Day in October 2017, indicates how awareness is growing among citizens, consumers and farmers, who are interested in exploring new models of production which take into account the needs of real people and the environment. Hundreds of farmers, university students, organizations, activists and ordinary citizens took part in the events organized in Jember, Jogjakarta and Bali. The gathering represented an important opportunity to strengthen ties between the associations dealing with agroecology in the territory and the international network to which Navdanya belongs, the organization founded and directed by the Indian scientist Vandana Shiva.

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Seeds of Hope, Seeds of Resilience

Seeds of Hope, Seeds of Resilience - How Biodiversity and Agroecology offer Solutions to Climate Change by Growing Living Carbon

The last two centuries of dependence on fossil fuels has created multiple distortions in our view of the world, of our production and consumption systems, of our ideas of efficiency and productivity, of our ideas of technological progress, of the way we produce and distribute our food. This report synthesises more than 3 decades of Navdanya’s work on Biodiversity Conservation and Agroecology as solutions to Climate Change by sowing Seeds of Hope and Seeds of Resilience. Navdanya’s work with communities across India to conserve Biodiversity and practice Agroecology based on Biodiversity intensification shows that not only can we address climate change and rejuvenate the planet, one seed at a time, but also that, in so doing we produce more and better food which could provide enough nourishment for two times the world population.
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Annam: Food as Health

The book creates awareness on healthy eating so that disease & hunger burdened in the Indian people is removed an India emerges as a strong nation based on Biodiversity organic farming a healthy people.

The contributors of the book, all eminent expert from their field will be creating a think tank on the linkages between food agriculture and health and task force to inform would the general public and the policy makers.
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ANNAM Executive Summary

India is emerging as an epicentre of major non communicable chronic diseases. Annam: Food as Health, is a book published by Navdanya, the movement for biodiversity in agriculture and in our diet. Annam is written by experts from diverse backgrounds to address this public health emergency, and offer solutions with the backing of the most sophisticated knowledgeand practice.The contributors include ecologists, agroecologists and biodiversity expert , doctors with Ayurveda and allopathic backgrounds, and those practising integrative medicine.

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Wealth per Acre

The book gives a deep insight on the way agriculture is done in India and on the food system prevailing. Any economic activity involves costs that are internal to the system, costs that are borne by the producer or by the consumer. Many economic activities have costs that are external to the system, costs that are borne neither by the producer nor by the consumer. Such costs are called externalities associated with an economic activity- costs of externalities are borne by the society. India, like China, is a frontier economy in which the majority of costs of production are externalized as a result of poor environmental standards and corrupt governance. The externalities associated with agriculture and food system have been so pressing that it became imperative to write this book. The book finally concludes with suggestions to the government along with the description of Navdanya model of agriculture and food system that is inspired by the science of Agroecology. The book Wealth Per Acre published by Natraj Publishers is the first to draw up the true cost of agriculture in India – to include several hidden costs and negative externalities – like farmer suicides,  ecological costs and cost of diseases among others. Learn more

Health per Acre

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India is faced with a triple food crisis – an agrarian crisis, the tragic symptom of which is 250,000 farmers’ suicides, the rising food prices and food inflation and the hunger and malnutrition crisis. All three crises have common roots – a non sustainable, inefficient system of food production and the commodification of food.

The report shows how biodiverse ecological agriculture produces more health and nutrition per acre while increasing farmers’ incomes. Contrary to the myth that organic farming cannot feed India or the world, the report shows that ecological agriculture is in fact the only way to remove hunger and poverty.

Food is not a commodity. Food is for nutrition and sustenance. Therefore measuring the nutrition and health output of agriculture is more relevant than measuring the yield of commodities that are traded and leave the farm. The commodification of food has created 1 billion hungry people worldwide and 250 million hungry people in India. Commodification and speculation of food is also contributing to the rise in food prices which has led to double digit inflation.

 

Navdanya needs your help to strengthen the movement to protect biodiversity and promote organic farming, to stop farmers' suicides and to help farmers adapt to climate instability. Together we can can build organic solutions to hunger and secure our children's food future. Join us in cultivating future.

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