Duration: 14 days Dates: 23rd October to 5th November, 2017 Venue: Hyderabad Course fee: Rs. 20,000 (Covers Course fee/stay/food and local travel) Limited no of Kisan Mitra Fellowships would be available for needy Medium of instruction: Hindi/English (Telugu Course would be offered in January, 2018 so people who want to attend from AP and Telangana need not apply now Last date for submission of application: 20th September, 2017 for details call on 08500 78 33 00
The crisis in agriculture is taking its toll. The increasing costs in production, reducing public support systems for small and marginal farmers, decreasing share of farmers in consumers’ price and increasing costs of living are leading to perpetual indebtedness. On the other hand high use and abuse of chemicals and water in agriculture, wrong cropping patterns and practices are leading to destruction of natural resources, make food unhealthy and farming unsafe for the farmers/farm workers. While people are struggling to find their own solutions in the absence of public response, the alternatives tried out also remained as islands of successes as a systematic scaling up were not tried out. Some initiatives like Community Managed Sustainable Agriculture in Andhra Pradesh, Mahila Krishi Sashaktikaran Pariyojana across the country have withered away due to lack of well trained resource persons, community organisations which can own the process and good business models and proper public policy support which can sustain them.
In this context Centre for Sustainable Agriculture is offering a course to build capacities of the people working with resource poor farmers.
Kisan Mitras would be trained resource persons who work with farmers to help them shift towards agro-ecological approaches to sustain their farming, organise themselves into producer cooperatives, understand the issues in public policy and improve the support systems. Organisations working with farmers and individuals interested in supporting farmers can apply to become ‘kisan mitras’. They will undergo a foundation course and can specialise in any of the areas of ecological farming, farmers’ institutions and marketing or public policy support.
Organisations working with farmers, farmers organisations or activists working with farmers can apply.
Qualification: Minimal literacy to read and write and communicate in Hindi/English and experience in working farmers is essential
Support: We request the organisations to support the fellows attending this trainers training. However, we can provide fellowship to people who are interested but are unable afford. for details check Kisan Mitra Fellowship
We are happy to announce the launch of eKrishi crop advisory app for android. This would initially launched in english but getting translated into various Indian Languages. In addition to providing knowledge on organic/natural farming/NPM practices, this would link the farmers/field level functionaries to other master farmers, experts and scientists who can help in problem diagnosis and advice.
Register for Beta Testing of the app.
1st to 5th March, 2016
Register online last date for registration 14th February, 2016.
Decades back it was about oils and coca cola, few years back it was about food adulteration, few months back it was Maggi and now it is about vegetables; we all heard them for wrong reasons. Either contamination or residues or deadly adulteration making them unsafe to eat.
How did it happen? The way these foods are produced and the resources that are used to make them appealing might be making them dangerous. If we make spoil our environment, the basic needs like food, air, water too get spoiled and ultimately affects humans. Understanding this, many organisations, farmers and entrepreneurial individuals are trying to shift to natural and eco-friendly methods. There are various schools of thoughts in this approach. Centre for Sustainable Agriculture (CSA), with its proven record of scientific and scalable approach, announces a training course on “Organic farming and Marketing” during 1st to 5th March 2016.
Medium of instruction:English
For whom: the training is for the field level functionaries who are working with farmers and entrepreneurial individuals who want to learn about organic agriculture.
Expectations from the participants:
Course fee:Rs.10000/- per head (towards lodging boarding, course material and field visit). Participants have to make their own travel arrangements.
The course would cover the following aspects
Morning theoretical classes would be there and afternoon the practical sessions.
Centre for Sustainable Agriculture (CSA) is an independent resource organization engaged in establishing models of sustainableagriculture working in partnership with NGOs and Community Based Organizations by scaling up the successes and engaging with the establishment for a policy change. CSA believes in promoting sustainable agricultural technologies that are based on farmers’ knowledge and skills, theirinnovation based on local conditions and their use of nature’s products and processes to gain better control over the pre-production and production processes involved in agriculture. CSA works with farmers to conserve their resources and their rights. CSA has scaled up the Non-pesticidal Management (NPM experiences) through Community Managed Sustainable Agriculture (CMSA) program of Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty (SERP). CSA has won Rural Livelihood Awards from Bihar and Maharashtra States for its innovative work. CSA adopts value chain approach in its work and works on production issues like seeds, soil fertility, pest management, farmer institutions for collective benefit, markets and dialoguing with government on farmers’ issues. It has a publication wing which brings out monthly magazines as well as resource books for the agriculture practitioners.
CSA is working in three states (AP, Telangana and Maharashtra) and has an experience of providing technical support in various states in India as well as abroad. On farmers’ producer organisations (FPOs) CSA has good experience with working models. CSA has formed “SahajaAharam Producer Company Ltd (SAPCL)” which is a federation of several producer cooperatives spanning across the states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Maharashtra. SAPCL is an initiative to connect farmers with consumers.
Please send the nominations to the following address:
Centre for Sustainable Agriculture,
12-13-445, street No.1,
Tarnaka, Hyderabad – 500017
Ph. No. 040-2701 7735
For any queries, you may contact Mr. G. Chandra Sekhar – 9440450994.
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