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  Project Name


AID India conf 2011 support



AID India









Tamil Nadu

  Budget Approved


Rs 75000


  Year Approved







  Chapter Coordinators


Lakshmi Gorrepati


College Park









The annual AID-India Conference is an occasion for all the chapters and activists of AID-India to get together, share about one another’s work, and form fruitful collaborations that transcend the distances and diverse backgrounds. It is also an opportunity to interact with some of the excellent activists that AID is working with, and most importantly, to strengthen the warm relationships and shared vision that bind us all together.

The AID-India conference this year is being hosted by AID-Hyderabad on February 5th, 6th, 7th, 2011. In this Conference, we will have in-depth sessions on the themes of Food and Agriculture, Displacement, Deprivation and Conflict in Tribal Areas, and Eureka education program. We will also have interaction with a few inspiring young activists, and sessions for organizational updates and discussions.

Another special feature is that all the meals are being prepared from pesticide-free and organic food procured directly from farmers as part of Sahaja Aharam initiative. This will give opportunity for the attendees to taste a whole range of millets, cereals, pulses and greens, and set the stage for an in-depth workshop on Food and Agriculture. A field trip on the 3rd day to Enabavi, a 100% organic village that is an inspiration to thousands of farmers and activists around the country.





Will be reported post conferance





The key outcomes we expect from the Conference are: (1) In-depth discussions during the three thematic sessions on Food and Agriculture, Deprivation and Displacement in Tribal Areas, and Eureka Education program. This will enable volunteers from more chapters to potentially get involved in these areas. (2) Interaction among AID-ers from various chapters – both rural and city-based – who don’t otherwise get a chance to meet. This will help in developing good working relationships among the chapters and volunteers. For example, at the 2008 conference, we had interactions about the Genetically Modified foods, and over the next year or so, AID Bangalore and AID Delhi joined AID Hyderabad in the campaign on Bt Brinjal, playing a very active role. (3) Field trip will expose AIDers to sustainable agriculture practices and practicing farmers, leading to valuable insights and discussions on the various issues involved. (4) Interactions with activists like P.S. Ajay Kumar (APVVU), Gandhi Babu and Venkatesh (ASDS), Dr. Ramanjaneyulu (CSA), Madhuresh (NAPM), Rakesh Reddy (Bhumi) and so on. (5) Discussions on organizational vision and operational issues in AID-India will help build more cohesiveness and effective working.



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