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  project name ~ Women Action for Ecology 2013-14

category ~ Rural Development and Environment




  Project Name


Women Action for Ecology 2013-14



Center for Sustainable Agriculture



Rural Development and Environment







  Budget Approved


Rs 401600


  Year Approved







  Chapter Coordinators


Aditi Brahmabhatt
Nirveek Bhattacharjee


New York









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





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.





4.5 Goals of the 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. Through women movement against pesticides, reduce the quantity of pesticides in the fields. 4.6 Objectives of the project: 1. To develop the habit of seed saving. 2. Tackle the foremost challenge of Pesticide toxicity by a rigorous mitigation process with proper community participation and particular with involvement of farmerís families. 3. 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. 4. To reduce the use of pesticides. 5. To ensure the involvement of women in sustainable agriculture through supportive activities. 6. To initiate the process to make these villages Eco-sustainable and Pesticides free through participation of women 7. To create awareness about the harmful effects of pesticides on health and environment 8. To disseminate the information on the issue 9. To disseminate information on the safer alternatives to pesticides 10. To revive the traditional knowledge of food, health and medicines by organizing Nav-Trinjans and Bebe-Di-Rasoi festivals 11. To collect information through focus group discussion and questionnaire based interviews 12. Building avenues for women, micro-enterprises in rural areas related with sustainable agriculture to make them economically strong.



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