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What Sustainable Development Really Looks Like

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in India, Regions | Comments Off on What Sustainable Development Really Looks Like

As THP prepares to return to rural Champa, Chhattisgarh for our third year, we wanted to share some background and successes to date.   We met our partner, Mr. Baswaraj, when he and 3 of his team members came to Navdanya in 2011 for a farmer training program. We were able to present on the ‘living soil’ to his group and soon after he invited us to Champa to share the information with his farmers’ groups. Baswaraj works for Champa Mission Hospital. After years of having desperate farmers admitted for pesticide poisoning (attempted suicide), they crafted a program to help the farmers in the community before they reached the hospital gates. He and his staff...

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Navdanya’s A-Z of Organic Agriculture and Agroecology Course 2013

Posted by on Nov 1, 2013 in India, Regions | Comments Off on Navdanya’s A-Z of Organic Agriculture and Agroecology Course 2013

By: Chris Kennedy In what has become an annual rite of passage, over 40 farmers, activists and engaged citizens from all over the world gathered at Navdanya’s farm in India for a month long course on “The A-Z’s of Organic Agriculture and Agroecology”. We were blessed to be able to share our passion for the living soil, assist teaching and participate for the entire month. With over 20 eminent guests leading lectures and hands on activities each day for a month, we will not be able to describe all the learning that took place, but wanted to share a few of the highlights. Each of the four weeks was focused on a ‘living topic’; systems, soil, food and...

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India’s Ambitious Biogas Program in Question

Posted by on Jul 6, 2013 in India, News | 1 comment

Survey of plants in Uttar Pradesh tells a dark tale of neglect Written by Bobby Ramakant An ambitious and heavily subsidized program to encourage rural India to install biogas and manure plants for renewable energy appears to have been largely a flop, at least in Uttar Pradesh, according to Surabhi Agarwal, an engineer from the Indian Institute of Technology in Khanpur. Despite acute power shortages in rural areas, varying levels of poverty and impoverishment and a cheap and efficient power source, why is the program not an outstanding success? Agarwal studied biogas plants installed in the past decade or more in four villages in the Hardoi district in Uttar Pradesh...

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Women In India Use Saris to Filter Water & Protect Against Cholera

Posted by on Mar 2, 2013 in India | Comments Off on Women In India Use Saris to Filter Water & Protect Against Cholera

  Sure, the clothes we wear may protect us from the elements, but some women in India are also using their saris to stave away disease, including cholera. The low-tech solution, which involves using the traditional Indian garment to filter pond and river water before drinking, is ingenious in its simplicity. And it works, too. A study in Bangladesh found the method effective in reducing cholera cases by nearly half. FILTER FOR GOOD In a 2003 field study, Rita Colwell and her colleagues from the University of Maryland and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health demonstrated that cotton sari cloth, when folded at least eight times and used as a filter for...

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Vandana Shiva and Bija Devi of Navdanya Speak About Seed Freedom

Posted by on Feb 28, 2013 in India, Regions | Comments Off on Vandana Shiva and Bija Devi of Navdanya Speak About Seed Freedom

Please watch this video produced by our friends Daniel & Mirra from The Perennial Plate. They interviewed Vandana Shiva & Bija Devi at Navdanya and the result is a beautifully inspiring video about self reliance, seed saving & the dangers of GMOs.

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Urban Agriculture Helps Combat Hunger in India’s Slums

Posted by on Jan 20, 2013 in India, Regions | Comments Off on Urban Agriculture Helps Combat Hunger in India’s Slums

Urban agriculture, credited with producing up to 20% of the world’s food in 2011, can be a driving force of urban nutrition and community development. In slums across India, farms are popping up on rooftops and former dumpsites are being transformed into community gardens. In Nairobi’s Kibera slum, urban agriculture is thriving. Slums across India are following suit. (Urban Africa)   In 2010, nearly 830 million people around the world lived in slums, up from 777 million in the year 2000, according to the United Nations. The New York Times describes Dharavi, Asia’s largest slum, as a “cliché of Indian misery,” with approximately 1 million slum...

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