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  project name ~ Women action against pesticide use in Punjab

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  Project Name


Women action against pesticide use in Punjab



Center for Sustainable AgricultureKheti Virasat Mission



Rural Development and Environment







  Budget Approved


Rs 677800


  Year Approved







  Chapter Coordinators


Lakshmi Gorrepati
Samyukta Mandavilli
Sucheta Arora


College Park









2. Women Action for Ecology is a forum for womenís participation in agro-ecological revival movement in Punjab. Women in other parts of the country have worked a lot towards social and environmental causes but Punjab is yet to emerge on this front. Since women are the first and worst victims of the agro-ecological crisis here and elsewhere, women need to work towards the mitigation process, for their own sake and for the sake of the community





This is the first year of support to this project.





1. Strengthening the role of women in providing nutritious, healthy, diverse and safe food to their family through organic kitchen gardening. 2. To build a strong women movement against toxicity with a slogan of ''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''Feed your children with pesticide free food'''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''' - ''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''Make your kitchens pesticide Free''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''- ''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''Grow your own pesticide free and safe food'''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''' 3. To develop the habit of seed saving. 4. Tackle the foremost challenge of Pesticide toxicity by a rigorous mitigation process with proper community participation and particular with involvement of farmerís families. 5. To make the farms of Punjab pesticide free, we need to break mental blockages which are proving as a deterrent to farmers in adoption of natural/organic farming. This needs more of a civilizational intervention rather then a technological bottle-neck. Adoption of organic farming and building awareness regarding ecological agriculture practices. 6. To reduce the use of pesticides. 7. To ensure the involvement of women in sustainable agriculture through supportive activities. 8. To initiate the process to make these villages Eco-sustainable and Pesticides free through participation of women 9. To create awareness about the harmful effects of pesticides on health and environment 10. To disseminate the information on the issue 11. To disseminate information on the safer alternatives to pesticides 12. To organize Nav-Trinjans at villages and Bebe-Di-Rasoi festivals 13. To collect information through focus group discussion and questionnaire based interviews 14. Building avenues for women, micro-enterprises in rural areas related with sustainable agriculture to make them economically strong.



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