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  Project Name


Women action against pesticide use network



Center for Sustainable Agriculture



Rural Development and Environment







  Budget Approved


Rs 400000


  Year Approved







  Chapter Coordinators


Lakshmi Gorrepati
Harpreet Bajwa
Nirveek Bhattacharjee


College Park
New York









Women Action for Ecology is a forum for women’s 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





The project has started in December 2011 in 4 villages of Punjab, two in Faridkot district and two in Bhatinda district. The main focus of this project is to get involved women in agriculture and start to grow vegetables in organic way. Target Achieved- Number of Women farmers- As women of Punjab totally disconnected from the farming especially in Paddy growing areas. So the challenge was ahead of us to involve them again in agriculture. The target of 15 women from each village (Total 60 women) was fixed for the first season that is summer season vegetables, but 150 women got involved in first season in four villages- Karirwali, Deliyawali (Faridkot) Malliya, Chungha (Barnala). After the commencement of project in four villages due to positive impact and direct benefits to the participant farmer families, a wider public demand to cover neighbouring villages in the project was picked up. Women ad male farmers started approaching village coordinators to start work their villages. To catch this self motivated tremendous response, we decided to appoint two more coordinators. A women coordinator was appointed to cater demand of four villages of Barnala namely Pakho Ke , Ramgarh, Deepgarh and Beehla. As a result of this 100+ more women joined the Organic Farming initiative and started Organic Kitchen Gardening in these villages. Apart from women male farmers also started joining Organic Farming in these villages.





Impact indicators: - Awareness level among women- Through this project, awareness generated among women about issues related with pesticides, chemical farming, environmental and health impacts of chemical farming, need of seed saving, revival of traditional food heritage etc - Awareness level among general farmers- Women in meetings and field schools discussed about the issues related to farming and then took to their homes. - Increase in food diversity- Women started to grow seasonal vegetables that increased Crop diversity in fields and Kitchen Gardens as well as food diversity at their plates. - Increase in self reliance in vegetables and Savings- Before started this project; each family was spending 1000 to 1500 rupees on buying vegetables but now most of the vegetables grown by them at their homes. Each family is saving 600-1000 rupees per month. Proper survey is still to be done. This data is based on the talks with women during meetings. - Reintroduction of millets and traditional food- Through food festivals reintroduction of millets and traditional food was done. - Seed saving- Women has started to understand the importance of seed saving. 5 to 10 women from each village saved seeds of summer vegetables. Women got re-connected to the tradition of seed saving and conservation. The almost lost skill of Seed Conservation and Seed Selection is re-emerged and re-collected in project villages atleast. - Social impacts- Level of Social cohesiveness improved drastically. Women started to exchange vegetables with each other. Over all atmospheres of concern and urge to do something for society also improved. A number of new social-ecological-agricultural-health and economic issues got place in general discussion of women and common villagers. Few has developed reading habit and also started asking questions on agriculture technologies.



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