We oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill!

We stand against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and National Register of Citizens. 

We oppose CAB!
We oppose NRC!

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FSA at the South Indian Farmers Meeting

Bahujan members of the Food Sovereignty Alliance from Savitri Bhai Dalit Mahila Sangham, Vithanam and Gopi Rytu Sangham participated in the South Indian Farmers General Meeting, held in Kerala.

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Corporate Concentration in Agriculture and Food- A Symposium

A symposium on Corporate Concentration in Agriculture and Food, held in Bangalore on 27-28th June 2019, was organised by Focus on Global South and Alternate Law Forum. It bought together farmers movements, students, academicians, journalists and civil society activists concerned with food systems, land and resource rights and the loss of people’s sovereignty to corporate forces.

Members of FSA, Sagari Ramdas and Charanya.R participated in this meeting. Sagari Ramdas was one of the panelists and spoke about the Corporatisation of the Livestock Sector. 

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#BiodiversityNotBiofortification

FSA supports this call to action issued by GRAIN to examine the issue of biofortification—locally, regionally, nationally or globally. There is enough information and experience to justify a boycott of all biofortified crops and foods, coupled with demands for investment in a different approach to agricultural research based on agroecology, local culture and food sovereignty. To learn more, see the full report “Biofortified crops or biodiversity? The fight for genuine solutions to malnutrition is on” at https://www.grain.org/e/6246  

Key messages

  • In order to promote healthy, diversified diets, we must promote biodiverse farming. Peasant-led agroecology that empowers women is the most sustainable approach to producing diverse, nutritious and culturally appropriate food while improving health.
  • While the first wave of biofortified crops was produced through conventional breeding, the next wave will use genetic modification.
  • By emphasising dependence on just a few market-based crops, biofortification actually promotes a poor diet with little nutritional diversity.
  • Biofortification projects use women as leverage by targeting them with training programmes, marketing efforts and feeding tests.

Way Forward

The best way to fight #malnutrition is through biodiverse food and farming systems that empower #women and are anchored in local cultures and knowledge. Join the action and help spread the word about how #biofortified crops take us in the wrong direction. #BiodiversityNotBiofortificationhttps://grain.org/e/6246

To learn more see: What’s wrong with Biofortified Crops

Diversified traditional food systems, the only solution to chronic nutritional deficiencies : Release of report

Exploring the Potential of Diversified Traditional Food Systems to
Contribute to a Healthy Diet

The developments in India illustrate the sustained takeover of food systems and the biological and cultural diversity embedded therein, by agribusiness and technology centric policies (including fortification and genetic modification). We the adivasi, dalit, and small and marginal farming communities from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh reject all industrial technical fixes such as Golden Rice, being aggressively pushed by our governments and global policies, as solutions to chronic nutritional deficiencies prevailing amongst communities. Our traditional nutritionally rich, diverse and comprehensive food systems, are the only long term sustainable answer for micro-nutrient deficiencies. As we continue to defend and assert these food systems we demand that all national and global policies, are in line with our assertion. These technological fixes, stand poised to further erode and displace our knowledge, practice, traditional seeds and diverse agro-ecological food cultures.

This report Exploring the Potential of Diversified Traditional Food Systems to Contribute to a Healthy Diet (download Report ) authored by members of the Food Sovereignty Alliance (FSA), India along with the Catholic Health Association of India (CHAI), is an in-depth analysis of traditional diets of marginal farmers, landless and agro-pastoralists from adivasi dalit, backward castes and muslim communities, spread across six villages from Sangareddy district, Telangana and Chittoor, East Godavari and Srikakulam districts of Andhra Pradesh.

The enquiry into our traditional food systems provided clear evidence of the following:

  • We, the adivasi, dalit, small and marginal farming communities continue to be a rich repository of knowledge, resilient food systems (production, storage, nutritional and medicinal properties) built on collective resource governance, biodiversity and agro-ecological practices.
  • Our food systems are nutritionally diverse and rich in nutrients. For e.g., over 80 to 100 different kinds of seasonal, wild, cultivated and uncultivated foods form a part of the regular diet, especially in adivasi and dalit communities. These continue to be strongly embedded in the local ecological and cultural context. Nutritional analyses of these diets shows that the foods can meet and counter malnutrition including micro-nutrient malnutrition such as Vitamin A Deficiency (VAD).
  • Our traditional food systems have been eroded over time, by historical and growing inequalities in landownership and resource rights, technical fixes and industrial agriculture and we continue to reject the introduction of fortified foods and other similar technical fixes (e.g., genetically engineered fortified rice – Golden Rice) that will alter our diets and agricultural practices.
  • Land, water and forest rights are seriously under threat. In many villages, incomplete land reforms and skewed distribution of land remains an unfinished agenda. The vulnerabilities posed by landlessness, destruction of the commons, climate change and privatisation of commons will only serve to deepen the malnutrition and food crisis.
  • Our lived experience and knowledge is an integral part of lives and livelihoods  and equips us with the ability to adapt to ecological and economic uncertainties, and build our socio-ecological resilience particularly in the context of climate change.

We propose to continue to nurture and strengthen holistic socio-ecological systems of food and agriculture and demand that any external policies and measures support this process.

 

 

 

Donate to : Theatre For Life

We the members of  Food Sovereignty Alliance, seek your support to take forward our campaign Theatre for Life.

To Donate:  Please contact foodsovereigntyalliance@gmail.com

Smallholder farmers of Badampet village in Telangana, India, like thousands across the country, have lost control over their resources and food, resulting in crippling debt and suicide amongst people in rural areas.

During the final months of 2017 twenty farmers from Badampet village, cutting across diverse ages, genders castes, communities and religions worked together to devise a play depicting their crisis.

The theatre performed in the village, created a space for dialogue that is already bearing fruit, with farmers envisioning collective ways to regain control of their land, food and lives. Families who have felt isolated in their struggles for too long, are recognising the power of collective action.

Performances in more villages, is crucial for widening this dialogue amongst farmers, towards changing  their lives. Your support will make this possible.