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  Project Name


Support to AID-Hyderabad core activities - 2012



AID India









Andhra Pradesh

  Budget Approved


Rs 500000


  Year Approved







1   2   3   4   5  

  Chapter Coordinators


Gaurav Bansal


College Park










This is to support AID Hyderabad activities and two full-time volunteers, Suresh Deepala and Mohan Kadimpalli, working on human rights and sustainable agriculture with Andhra Pradesh farmers.





A six state, two year study on the productivity of ecological agriculture has been started. This study will go a long way in showing how sustainable agriculture can be as productive as "modern" agriculture, which relies heavily on fertilizers and pesticides. Also, an initiative called Sahaja Aharam is being supported to promote organic and sustainable food to consumers. Sahaja Aharam also provides an outlet for organic and sustainable farmers to market their goods. AID and its partners are staging campaigns and meeting with political leaders to address the issues of genetically modified seeds and farmer suicides. The campaigns have had much success with Telugu, English, and Hindi media, and the extremely underestimated official numbers of farmer suicides have been exposed. As a result, public opinion has shifted to sympathize with the plight of poor farmers and political leaders are making attempts to tackle the issue.





There are two core components of this program, though there are a variety of issues being tackled. One is to promote organic and sustainable agriculture in Andhra Pradesh. This is done in coordination with the Centre for Sustainable Agriculture (CSA) in Kurnool district. Research and promotion of organic and sustainable agriculture is also taking place, and efforts are being made to educate consumers on the benefits of organic food. The second component of the program concerns human rights issues among farmers. It seeks to point out that the number of official farmer suicides reported by the Andhra Pradesh government is grossly underestimated. Through organizations such as the Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture (ASHA), Kisan Swaraj Yatra, and Raitu Swarajya Vedika, AID seeks to publicize the issue and redirect government policy to address the problem. On a related note, AID is also working to oppose genetically modified seeds currently being promoted by MNCs. These seeds have hurt productivity for many farmers in recent years and have been a cause of their suffering.



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