Centre for Sustainable Agriculture is a professional resource organization engaged in establishing models of sustainable agriculture working in partnership with NGOs and Community Based Organizations by scaling up the successes and engaging with the establishment for a policy change. CSA is registered as Trust in 2004 in Hyderabad, India. CSA evolved from the sustainable agriculture desk of Centre for World Solidarity (www.cwsy.org) from 1998. CSA believes in promoting sustainable agricultural technologies that are based on farmers’ knowledge and skills, their innovation 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.
The main objectives of the organization are:
To improve the quality of life of farming communities by promoting environmentally safe and sustainable methods that would enhance the quality and quantity of crop/plantations/livestock yields especially in tribal and dryland areas.
To enhance the participation of farmers, both women and men, in all processes of problem analysis, technology development, evaluation, adoption and extension leading to food security and self reliance among farmers and rural communities.
To facilitate community access and control over natural resources and to build institutions and coalitions at different levels for strengthening People’s Agriculture Movements, which focus on empowerment of marginalized sections like Women, Dalits, Adivasis and Minorities.
To develop a Sustainable Agriculture Resource Network that promotes sharing of knowledge, material and human resources. To serve as a repository for documenting, collecting, storing, collating and disseminating information/success stories from different sources on sustainable agriculture. 5. Understand the role of agriculture in contributing to climate change and developing sustainable agriculture practices which can help in mitigating and adapting to climate change.
CSA is also engaged in establishing and working with Community Based Institutions to address their agriculture based livelihoods. CSA works in rainfed areas (Ananthpur, Mahaboobnagar dist of AP, Wardha in Maharastra etc), areas with intensive cultivation of commercial crops and suffering severe ecological and economic crisis (Faridkot dist of Punjab, Guntur, Warangal dists of AP) and Tribal areas (Araku and Nallamala in AP, Chattisgarh Tribal areas) CSA is working on periurban vegetable production in and around Hyderabad, Vishakapatnam, Guntur, Warangal and other towns in AP. The works include establishing vegetable production without using chemicals, village level collection centres and direct marketing in cities. CSA is also engaged in policy advocacy work mainly on the impacts of chemical and GM technologies, their regulatory systems, public support systems to small and marginal farmers and revitalizing rainfed agriculture. CSA is actively engaged with the government and people on the agriculture and climate change debate. Current are of work: Currently CSA is working in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab and Chattisgarh directly in 150 villages and provide technical support to organizations in Orissa and Karnataka. In the next five years CSA is planning to work in high resource intensive farming areas like the irrigated belts of AP and Punjab along with tribal farming areas like Chattisgarh, Jharkand, Bihar and Orissa in addition to rainfed areas in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra in sustaining their livelihoods and farming.