Government’s response to Ramdev’s Demands

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Govt’s response as put up on the PIB home page. The very last paragraph is on Agriculture.

The govt is claiming that already many programmes are underway to promote organic farming, bio-pesticides and bio-fertilisers – they name RKVY, NPOP/NCOF, NHM amongst these. They claim that organic farming has reached 10.8 lakh hectares from 42000 hectares in 2004-05 because of all of this. “All these will be strengthened and expanded”.

On pricing support, the govt defends CACP and how things are based on cost data.

On Health per acre: Organic solutions to hunger and malnutrition: Innovative solutions to the food crisis

Book release

Health Per Acre

On 26th March 2011 Navdanya’s latest report “Health per Acre: Organic Solutions to Hunger and Malnutrition” by Dr Vandana Shiva and Dr Vaibhav Singh was released by Sayeda Hameed, Member of the Planning Commission.

India is faced with a triple food crisis – an agrarian crisis, the tragic symptom of which is 250,000 farmers’ suicides, the rising food prices and food inflation and the hunger and malnutrition crisis. All three crises have common roots – a non sustainable, inefficient system of food production and the commodification of food.

The report shows how biodiverse ecological agriculture produces more health and nutrition per acre while increasing farmers’ incomes. Contrary to the myth that organic farming cannot feed India or the world, the report shows that ecological agriculture is in fact the only way to remove hunger and poverty.

The UN has also recently submitted a report to the general assembly showing that ecological agriculture can double food production in a decade. Ecological farming also solves the problem of the agrarian crisis by lowering the cost of production making farmers free of external inputs and hence of debt and suicides.

Food is not a commodity. Food is for nutrition and sustenance. Therefore measuring the nutrition and health output of agriculture is more relevant than measuring the yield of commodities that are traded and leave the farm. The commodification of food has created 1 billion hungry people worldwide and 250 million hungry people in India. Commodification and speculation of food is also contributing to the rise in food prices which has led to double digit inflation.

The report was released at a conference on Health per Acre, where S. Fontana from Navdanya presented an analysis of the food crisis and Dr Vaibhav Singh presented details of Health per Acre.

Eminent nutritionists and health experts such as Dr Sarla Gopalan, Former Secretary Women and Child Development, S. Jalaja, Former Secretary of AYUSH, Dr Mira Shiva, M.D. and Pinky Anand, Senior Advocate, presented at the session on Right to Health, Food and Nutrition.

Farm leaders Krishan Bir Chaudhary and Rishipal Ambavat along with Dr T. Haque, Former Chairman of Commission on Agricultural cost and prices and Mr Atul Kumar Anjan from the CPI spoke on Farmers Right to Livelihoods.

The evidence and analysis presented in Health Per Acre shows that the solution to the triple crisis exists. The Government needs to wake up.

For more information please contact :

Navdanya
A-60, Hauz Khas
New Delhi
Tel. No. (011) 26968077
www.navdanya.org
Email: navdanya@gmail.com

State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet

State of the World 2011 objectively states the hunger, water and environmental problems facing Africa and the rest of the world, and illuminates a multitude of encouraging answers that are already saving lives and livelihoods. It is an eloquent, painstakingly researched sound of warning and expression of hope.”

–Rick Docksai, The Futurist, May-June 2011

The 2011 edition of our flagship report is a compelling look at the global food crisis, with particular emphasis on global innovations that can help solve a worldwide problem. State of the World 2011 not only introduces us to the latest agro-ecological innovations and their global applicability but also gives broader insights into issues including poverty, international politics, and even gender equity.

Written in clear, concise language, with easy-to-read charts and tables, State of the World 2011, produced with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, provides a practical vision of the innovations that will allow billions of people to feed themselves, while restoring rural economies, creating livelihoods, and sustaining the natural resource base on which agriculture depends.

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