The Milk Crisis in India: Stories on the Story Behind the Numbers

FSA’s research and the report on the story behind the milk crisis, authored by the Dairy Working Group of the Food Sovereignty Alliance, has been covered extensively in the media. Apart from the print media including newspapers and magazines several online forums have also cited the findings of FSA’s report in highlighting the ongoing milk crisis.  For more please follow these links for the stories on this story behind the numbers.

http://www.indiaspend.com/cover-story/record-milk-surge-in-india-but-crisis-for-small-dairy-farmers-76826 

http://www.developmentchannel.org/2017/10/22/small-dairy-farmers-are-in-crisis-in-india-says-report/

https://thewire.in/40436/small-dairy-farmers-across-india-are-struggling-for-their-livelihoods/

https://www.newsclick.in/global-milk-prices-crash-indian-small-producers-face-ruin

http://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/locally-driven-markets-are-an-answer-to-the-global-milk-crisis-58901

http://www.bilaterals.org/?the-milk-crisis-in-india-the-story

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The Milk Crisis in India: The story behind the numbers

Press Release

This past two years has witnessed farmers across India demonstrating for their livelihoods: a hike in milk procurement prices has featured as a key demand. Their demand reflects  a grave crisis underway in the Indian milk market, which is threatening to undermine the multifunctional role of livestock and the way of life of entire communities.

Small and marginal farmers, the backbone of the Indian milk market, have been hardest hit by a price war waged by dairy processors (companies), beginning January 2015. Faced with mounting stocks of unexportable milk powder, brought on by a slump in global milk powder prices, some of the big domestic dairy players began to flood the domestic market with cheaply priced milk for  consumers. At the same time they were lowering the prices at which they were procuring milk from  farmers. This was severely affecting small farmers and has also impacted the peoples’ milk market, commonly referred to as the “informal” or “unorganised” milk market.

Building on research in the Indian States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, the Food Sovereignty Alliance (FSA) shows how this crisis extends well beyond the small farmers of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh State in South India. It affects  small farmers nationally as well as globally. This book tells the story of how global trends including the onging threats of multilateral trade agreements such as the EU-India Free Trade Agreement and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Pact (RCEP), are driving countless small dairy farmers into debt and ultimately out of farming. It calls for a solution, based on nurturing the resilience of the small, localised networks of milk producers, cooperatives and consumers.

The authors provide clear evidence that the only hope for the future lies in localised peoples’ milk markets based on agro-ecological livestock cultures: cultures where livestock are reared, not as machines to produce single commodities, but as sentient beings playing a multifaceted role in food farming production systems.

This report authored by the Dairy Working Group of the Food Sovereignty Alliance, will be of interest to farmers’ movements, Dairy Cooperatives, Students, Researchers, Policy framers and anybody who is interested in understanding what it takes to bring them their daily glass of milk!

The report can be accessed at The Milk Crisis in India

The Milk Crisis in India

Bovine Politics: Lecture and Dialogue

The Bovine Politics public lecture and dialogue by Sagari R Ramdas, was held on 15th and 16th September 2017, in Bengaluru. The event was organised at the Azim Premji University (PG Campus and UG Campus), and the Baduku Community College.
The talk sparked off critical debates, unpacked the reality of markets, the key role of slaughter in sustenance of the cow, and enumerated the growing nexus between corporates, religion and state. The dialogue in Baduku Community College,  was an interaction with youth from rural Karnataka, students, professors, ecologists, artists , animal rights activists and activists from other movements. The youth corroborated the negative effect of the ban on sale of cattle and buffalos in animal markets, on farmers. This rendered a very vibrant, debate that is critical in today’s context and political climate.
People expressed interest in being involved in the ongoing actions and enquiry into the politics of beef and were keen to organise further such dialogues.

 

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Vibrant debates and dialogues at Baduku Community College 

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                                   Sparking minds at Azim Premji University, UG

Penning our Dissent

We strongly condemn the recent threats  to Prof Kancha Iliah, and the continuing attacks on the freedom of speech and expression, manifesting in the form of defamation cases, death threats, threats to register FIR and the violent promotion of crude measures such as capital punishment. 

The constitution of India upholds the democratic tenets of every citizen to freely express their opinions, thoughts, and ideas. If you have a difference of opinion wield the pen to express your counter opinion and register your disagreement.

Self-appointed protectors and rakshaks of everything from cows to their limiting idea of India, are emboldened to act today, with complete impunity under the current political dispensation, in complete violation of India’s Consitution.  

  

No more Gauris, Dabholkars, Pansares, Kalburgis !