NAPM -AP Chapter is organising a one day workshop on –
“Strengthening Local Economies in Times of Global Economic Crisis”
Date – 05-May-2012 Time – 10am to 5.30pm
Venue – Cellar 1, Sundarayya Vigyana Kendram, Baghlingampally, Hyderabad
In the context of the current Global Economic Crisis we are faced with new challenges. The mainstream economists continue to harp on free markets, integrated globalised economic models as the answer and seek more liberalization, reforms and access to markets; which are in reality leading to increased price inflation, increased volatility and vulnerability of local markets due to global / external events. This is also leading to the impoverishment of people in sectors like small trade, agriculture, handloom and all other people employed in various traditional, rural livelihoods.
The thrust of the free market enterprise was to strengthen the hands of large investors, while weakening the support systems to the small scale sectors and agriculture, which is leading to wealth accumulation in the hands of a few corporations.
The Current Global Economic Crisis has demonstrated that this model is a failed model and there is a need to rethink on the way forward. Gandhiji had time and again stressed on the democratic nature of Indian Economic model which was basically a localized economic model where in the production was oriented towards local markets. Even to this day, the strength of the Indian Economy lies in the strong local market which however, has been weakened over the last 20 years to become dependant on external markets in the name of liberalization. While all this was being done in the name of increasing foreign exchange via access to export markets, in reality this integration has led to increased influx of foreign goods into the country leading to a ballooning trade deficit and the devaluation of the rupee.
The fall of the rupee is translating into higher petroleum costs, higher transportation costs, and higher agricultural input costs and thus having a cascading effect on the entire economy and making the cost of sustenance of the common people sky rocket.
There fore, it is important to look at alternatives from the Mainstream that will protect the Rural Livelihoods and promote Sustainability. In the context of the Current Energy Crisis and the Inflated demand for More and more Energy, in this “Energy Centered Developmental Model” too it is imperative to look at alternative systems.
The One day Workshop will throw some light on the situation of the Current Global Economic Crisis and How Localised Economies can actually be a boon to the majority of the people of the country, while also moving us towards a low energy system of economy.
Schedule of the Programme –
10 am – Registration / Introduction of the Participants and the Workshop.
10.30 am – Limitations of the Current Economic Model and the Need for Alternative Vision.
(Speakers – Dr. Aravind Susarla, Center for Regional Studies, Hyderabad Central University)
10.45am – 11.15am – Discussion on the above subject.
11.15am – Ecological, local input based agriculture and impact on rural Life and economy
(Speakers – Farmers from – Punnami Organic Farmers’ Co-operative Society – Vempalle, Kadapa)
11.30am – 12pm – Discussion
12 pm – Local input, Ecological Construction practices – impact on rural livelihoods, ecology and energy consumption
(Speaker – Er. B.N. Mani. Project Engineer, Rural Technology Park, NIRD, Hyderabad)
12.30 – 1pm – Discussion
1pm-2pm – Lunch Break
2pm –Efficient Energy Use and Water Management – Impacts for agricultural / rural economy
(Speaker – Parcha Kishan Rao, Certified Solar Engineer, Farmer, SRI Trainer, Khammam)
2.15 – 2.45 – Discussion
2.45 – Localising Waste Management – Impact on economy, ecology, health and energy consumption.
(Speaker – Major, Shiv Kiran, Sukuki Exnora
3PM-3.30PM – Discussion
3.30pm – Localising cloth production (Handloom and Khadi) – prospects for Employment generation and energy conservation
( Mrs. Nirmala, Cheneta Colour Weaves, Hyderabad)
3.45 – 4.15 – Discussion.
4.15 – Localising Health Needs
(Dr. K. Satyalakshmi, Research Professor, Gandhi Nature Cure College, Hyderabad)
4.30 – 5.15pm = Discussion
5.15pm – Vote of Thanks.