The latest edition of the Living Planet report and an index based on it, prepared by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Zoological Society of London, have projected a very worrying picture of biodiversity, especially animal life, in the near future. It says the world is losing its biodiversity at an alarming rate and very soon there will be irreparable loss of a good part of life on earth.
This study booklet aims to provide an overview of producers’ collectives in India, which broadly falls under the cooperative movement. It will also highlight some case studies of successful collective organizations, with a variety of organizational styles and under different laws, mainly to get a taste of the diversity of rural collectives in India.
Media coverage on climate change deliberations peaked in December 2015 when the Climate Summit hosted by the United Nations was taking place in Paris. The conference was attended by 195 countries with around 150 world leaders and dignitaries. Many countries, including India, have pledged ambitious targets for climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. One of…
Reviving traditional water bodies, and not environmentally-unsustainable mega projects which are expensive, is the most viable solution to deal with water scarcity in parched lands like Bundelkhand.
In this press release, activist-journalist Gauri Lankesh describes the life of Somanna, an amazing tribal leader who, unfairly denied the Rajyotsava award at the last minute (after having been shortlisted for it), was awarded a crowd-funded ‘Janarajyotsava’ award instead. Congratulations, Somanna!
As conventional farming techniques such as monocropping and the high use of fertilisers are proving ineffective in the face of climate change, some farmers in India are beginning to turn to mixed and organic cropping for their many benefits. This article takes a look at the techniques used in one mixed-crop, organic farm in southern Karnataka and advocates for the return to such farming methods.
VikalpSangam (‘Alternatives Confluences’) networks groups and individuals working on alternatives to the currently dominant model of development and governance. This note attempts to lay out thoughts towards a process of VikalpSangam in an effort to stimulate dialogue and visioning. From COUNTERCURRENTS.ORG.
In 1970-75, during the construction of the Kabini dam, farmers not only had lost their lands in the submerged area but also had lost multiple varieties of millets, pulses and vegetable seed treasure. ‘ Pipal tree’ is engaged with farmers to assist them to reconstruct their livelihoods, to reclaim their rights and sovereignty over seed…