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Foundation Course on Organic Farming, Farmers Cooperatives and Public Policy

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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.

  • A foundation course of 14 days will be class room teaching, field visits and internship with farmer groups and will cover
    • agro-ecological approaches, how to run farmer field schools to train farmers, problem diagnosis and suggesting solutions,
    • organising farmer cooperatives, building forward and backward linkages, running Kisan business schools to train the farmers and farmer cooperative leaders,
    • public policy analysis and strengthening support systems

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 

2016 Organic Farming and Marketing

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1st to 5th March, 2016

Register online last date for registration 14th February, 2016.

Download application form Training-2016 NOMINATION FORM

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.

Venue: Hyderabad

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:

  1. Understanding English language is necessary.
  2. Agriculture experience is desired.

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

  1. Understanding Agro-Ecological approaches
  2. Building soil fertility
  3. Understanding pests and diseases; their management in field and storage
  4. Understanding and managing seeds
  5. Field visit
  6. Organising farmers, quality management/PGS/certification and Marketing (practical would be on production and business planning)

Morning theoretical classes would be there and afternoon the practical sessions.

About CSA:

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.

Seed Production and Marketing (2014)

Training program on ‘Contemporary Approaches to Seed Production and Marketing’ 8-12th December, 2014

CENTRE FOR SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE (CSA) and Naisarghik Sheti Beej Producer Company Limited is pleased to announced a Training Programme on Contemporary Approaches in Seed Production and Marketing to be held at Wardha, Maharastra from 8th to 12th December, 2014.

Centre for Sustainable Agriculture (CSA) is a professional resource organization engaged in establishing models of sustainable agriculture. CSA is operational in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Telengana and Maharashtra and also engages with other NGOs & CBOs for up scaling Sustainable models of Agriculture production. The main areas of CSA work are Developing and Creating farmers’ institutions, Policy Advocacy, Sustainable Production, Marketing of Organic Agro-produces and Seeds, Creating resource persons for Sustainable Production and Engage with media for knowledge dissemination.

NAISARGIK SHETI BEEJ PRODUCER COMPANY LIMITED (NSBPC Ltd) is a farmer owned Seed Producer Company. It has a seed processing plant located at Wardha district of Maharashtra. The Company is engaged in seed production, processing and marketing of organic seeds.

Seed is an essential input for crop production. Access of farmers to affordable quality seed of superior varieties is key in increasing agricultural production and productivity. Supporting the development of a vibrant and diverse seed sector can significantly contribute to increasing food security and economic development in India. If you strive to broaden experience and strengthen your competencies, this course is an interesting opportunity.

The overall objective of the training programme is to enhance participants’ capabilities to translate the integrated seed concept towards strategies for making seed programme coherent with farmers’ practices. Participants will learn to facilitate interactions between formal and informal seed systems, and to promote entrepreneurship and innovation in the seed sector.

Module 1: Concepts and Practices of Informal and Formal Seed Systems

  • Importance of seed in sustainable agriculture.
  • Importance of informal seed system.
  • Establishing community seed banks
  • Seed production practices in self-pollinated and cross pollinated crops
  • Hybrid cotton seed production
  • Regulatory requirements for formal seed system.
  • Open Source Seed System (OSSS)
  • Participatory approaches of seed management
  • Documentation on Value for Cultivation and Use (VCU).
  • Different methods of seed treatment

Module 2: Seed business study tour

  • Visit to seed Producer Company and seed processing Unit
  • Interaction with seed farmers and marketing cader
  • Visit to hybrid cotton seed production plots
  • Method demonstration on roughing, emasculation and crossing techniques

Module 3: Action plan

Developing an action plan on seed production; Specific to the crops and geographical area of the participants. This session will helps to participants integrate all course and topics and link it back to their own work.

Seats/No of Participants: 30

Medium: The entire course would be in English.

Participant: The course is designed for development professionals working to promote ecological farming/ organic farming/sustainable agriculture. Persons that need technical exposure in the organizations working in agriculture field can apply.

Course fee:  Rs. 10,000 per participants (Food, Accommodation, resource material and Field visit to seed production plots and seed processing units)

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