2018 Fireflies Dialogues – Dialogue, Negotiation & Reconciliation

The 2018 edition of the Fireflies Dialogues, focusing on Dialogue, Negotiation & Reconciliation, will be held from 8-11 February, 2018 at Fireflies Intercultural Centre in Bangalore, India. The Fireflies Dialogues happen yearly through Pipal Tree’s Meeting Rivers programme (Bangalore, India) and Dialogues en Humanité (Lyon, France). The Dialogues create opportunities for thinkers, artists, activists, students, journalists, policy makers, bureaucrats, scholars,…

Farmers’ Conclave: Sustainable Livelihoods in Dryland Regions

Dear Friend, Greetings from Pipal Tree, Bangalore! Pipal Tree, in collaboration with Sahaja Samrudha, is hosting a get-together of farmers from the dry-land regions of India from 18-20 December 2017 at Fireflies Intercultural Centre, Bangalore. This get-together of farmers is aimed at sharing best innovative and traditional practices in dry-land farming and allied activities, identifying issues and challenges…

Delhi Smog Caused By Stubble Burning In India’s Bread Basket

The burning of crop residue in Punjab and Haryana is creating serious air pollution hazard over Northern India. They have  contributed significantly to the catastrophic levels of air pollution in the national capital. The development has refocused the importance of charting out ways to implement sustainable agricultural practices to combat global warming, a prime concern…

As India’s Climate Changes, Farmers In The North Experiment With New Crops

India’s capital city New Delhi and much of northern India are routinely shrouded in man-made pollutants. In fact, Delhi vies with Beijing for the dirtiest air in the world. Many of India’s 1.3 billion people — a fifth of the world’s population — face pollution that is cutting short lives, stunting children’s cognitive development and…

Cow Dung And Fruit Trees: Traditional Wisdom Helps Assam Cope With Climate Change

Faced with more floods each monsoon season, farmers in Assam turn to indigenous technical knowledge from their forefathers to protect their livelihoods Subhadra Kumari had to wait a nervous few weeks before the flood waters abated from her paddy field and she could start planting rice saplings. “We are behind the ideal time for planting…