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.



Vibrant debates and dialogues at Baduku Community College 


                                   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 ! 

Molaka- Popular Education for Community Activists of the Food Sovereignty Alliance

Food Sovereignty, Social Justice and Buen Vivir: Reflecting on our Praxis


We (Food Sovereignty Alliance,India and Kudali Intergenerational Learning Centre) successfully completed “Molaka” – a Popular Education workshop for Community Activists of the Food Sovereignty Alliance, India on ‘ Food Sovereignty, Social Justice and Buen Vivir: Reflecting on our Praxis’ at Kūdali Intergenerational Learning Centre . 25 community leaders from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, participated in the workshop organised from April 13th-25th 2017. Various creative transformative and emancipatory methods  such as visualisation in participationart in transformation, media for action, and forum theatre based on ‘Theatre of the Oppressed’, were used to deepen reflection for advancing actions.

Beginning each day with ‘Mayasabha’ : the community assembly of activists

IMG_20170414_104804Remembering Ambedkar : 14th April 

Screenshot_20170504-102521My beautiful village on the banks of the Godavari and resisting the Polavaram Dam  

IMG_20170420_102022160Commemorating Indravelly April 20th ………

IMG_20170422_102348725Earth Day April 22nd 

Confronting Caste 

Capitalism: The project of death

So this is how the rich become richer: understanding class and capital playing                 ‘Molaka Santha’


Monopolies—-Mergers—–Complete Control 

Land, Food and Farming: Past – Present and Future 

By-passing Food and Agriculture Empires : Critical dialogues in our local markets

          Critical Dialogues on the past, present and future of Food and Social  Justice

                      Forum Theatre: Deepening Critical Dialogue for transformative Action