Food Security and Food Sovereignty
 Trichy, Tamil Nadu, Inde

 

THE CONTEXT OF YOUR INITIATIVE

The key food producers are land less agricultural workers, and small farmers. They hardly have two meals a day. Before the advent of Green Revolution in 1960, they had a very diverse food pattern. Now 40% of the population eats rice and 60% eats wheat. These two crops are high water utilising, solar, fertilizer dependent. They are mono crops and are susceptible to pest and diseases. Climate change has resulted in recurring droughts and floods. Resulting in large scale migration of men and youth.
Rice and wheat are carbohydrates. Now food is being poisoned. Today more than 30% of the population is diabetic and 45% of the children are malnourished. There is an increase in infertility, blood pressure, cardiac, cancer, kidney problems in rural areas.

THE ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT AS PART OF YOUR INITIATIVE

• Facilitate street theatre and non-formal environment education.
• Enhance community leadership on status and management of community tanks and community forest.
• Establishing 150 hectares of community forest.
• Establishing Kolunji Ecological farm and training centre.
• Facilitating LEISA (Low External Input Sustainable Agriculture) Network
• Organising training in sustainable agriculture for farmers, NGOs, university and school students.
• Facilitate Farmers field school.
• Facilitate seed banks in the villages
• Facilitate People’s Financial Institution.
• Facilitate Organic certification.
• Facilitate collective processing and Marketing of Agricultural products.
• Facilitate training for NGOs and students at the Asian and International Level.

WHO IS INVOLVED FROM OUR GROUP?

7 Companions, 7 staff, 15 Volunteers, Farmers and students who have been trained.

WHICH PARTNERS ARE YOU WORKING WITH ON THIS INITIATIVE?

EMMAUS INTERNATIONAL
Future Earth International
LEISA NET WORK
BERAS International
Millet Net Work- India
Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific – Malaysia

1982 -1987 Involved in street Theatre, and Non-formal Environment Education and facilitated 50 schools.
1988 -1989 Established 150 hectares of community forest in 11 villages.
1990 Established Kolunji Ecological Farm and Training centre.
1990 Founder Member of Low external input sustainable Agriculture Network, which as a membership of 82 NGOs and 15000 farmers.
1992 Started a magazine on Ecological Agriculture in Tamil.
1996 – Established LEISA Network Franchise farms in 3 Districts.
1996- Establishing home for parentless children.
1997 Established LEISA Network Franchises organic farms in 11 Districts.
1998 Started a correspondent course in Ecological Agriculture.
2000- Started International course in Ecological Agriculture for PAN AP Partners.
2000-Kudumbam became a member of Emmaus International.
2001- Organised Emmaus Asia work camp.
2003 Published a hand book for Trainers on Ecological agriculture.
2005 Established a farm and training centre on the coast to impart training in coastal livelihoods.
2006 constructed 75 Houses for Tsunami effected with support from EI and FDF France.
2009 300 Farmers received organic certification.
2011 Established peoples Financial Institution at Pudukottai, with a loan of 42700 Euro from Indian overseas bank on lent to 250 women
2014 Established Peoples Financial Institution on the coast with a loan of 61550 Euro from National bank for Rural Development on lent to 375 women.
2015 Facilitated a community seed bank with 70 farmers in 50 hectares.
2016 Facilitated a producer company called LEISA Organics with 350 farmers.

FUTURE PROSPECTS

Improving accommodation for at least 100 participants
Installing solar power
Installing drip and sprinkler on the farm
Installing a millet processing mill

SHARE YOUR PROGRESS AND THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THIS INITIATIVE

85% of the governing body are women.
Four of the core staff are children who joined us at the age of 7 years, they have now graduated from the university.
We have established 150 hectares of community forest.
We have established a 15-hectare farm and Training centre.
Annually we are offering training to 1200 farmers, 360 university students, 600 school students and 100 International students.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO ADD ANY INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR INITIATIVE?

We are now reaching out to consumers who are interested in poison free Food. Organic shop within the states and neighbouring states are interested in our product.

WHAT ARE YOUR PROSPECTS?

We are studying possibilities of working together with companies under corporate social responsibilities. We are looking forward to sharing our training materials and our expertise in Sustainable to Emmaus member communities in other parts of world.

About

 1981

Initiative sponsors

Oswald Quintal
Pangayavalli John Xavier


Location

Trichy, Tamil Nadu, Inde

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