Living on the Edge
Are voices of concern and interest backed up by commitment and action? Rarely. However, Vanaja Ramprasad’s work with and for GREEN Foundation and on issues related to sustainable agriculture is one such rare case. Over the past 25 years she has diligently and persistently worked to promote sustainable agricultural practices and to highlight the multiple challenges confronting small agriculturists and the potential they represent.
Women Reclaim Our Seeds
Seed has been the lifeline and source of sustenance ever since organised agriculture came into existence. In recent times it has also drawn the attention of the world community as a means of technological intervention in agriculture for commercial interest on one hand and on the other, the imminent need to conserve the diversity that is on the threat of extinction from the farmer’s point of view though there have been attempts…
Investing in Indigenous knowledge
The concept of genetic resource conservation has undergone several changes ever since awareness thereof was raised by the Convention on Biological Diversity. GREEN (Genetic Resource, Ecology, Energy and Nutrition) Foundation as a grassroots organisation has been working among the marginalised farmers of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu…
Genetic Resource, Energy, Ecology and Nutrition (GREEN) foundation
With the aim of preserving seed diversity and genetic heritage, encouraging the adoption of organic farming practices, and improving rural livelihoods, GREEN Foundation works through around 40 farmers’ groups – termed Krishi Self-Help Groups – covering 30 villages across the northern districts of Karnataka, comprising a target population of almost 5,000 farmers, with a particular focus on women and indigenous peoples.
Loss of community knowledge and genetic resources
Community interventions as good practice in biodiversity conservation
Sustainable Agricultural Practices
This documents the various organic farming and sustainable practices GREEN introduces to farmers in its training sessions. It gives detailed, step-by-step procedures to various farming practices such as seed treatment and storage techniques, organic manure and herbal pesticide preparations, improved agricultural practices such as System of Rice Intensification (SRI) etc.
Banking on Seeds:
This publication showcases GREEN’s pioneering efforts in biodiversity conservation through the initiative of Community Seed Banks (CSBs). It showcases the various strategies that have been successful in the creation and sustainability of CSBs and their role in providing farmers with free and easy access to indigenous seeds as well as strengthening their food security.
This publication explores the links between biodiversity and its impact on food security not just of the small scale and marginal farmer, but of the world. Citing examples from GREEN’s own experience, it makes a strong case for sustainable practices that conserve biodiversity and warns against the long term consequences of adopting technologies such as those introduced by the ‘Green Revolution’, as they break down Nature’ complex ecosystems in the name of increased productivity.
Feeding the Nation
Community Seed Bank- A policy paper
Participatory Guarantee System- A policy paper
Biocontrol Pest and Disease Management
Growing vegetables provides fresh produce for the family while giving us full control over what is used in the care and maintenance while growing the vegetables. Pest control is important in vegetable gardens to keep hungry insects from feasting on the plants. However, pesticides often contain harsh toxins that can leave chemical residue on vegetables. Thankfully, homemade organic bio control methods are the safer choice and can be made from inexpensive items that most people have in their home.