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WHEN THE Borlaug seed fertiliser technology was introduced during the mid-1960s, the growth in India’s agricultural output began to gradually catch up with its population growth rate, and eventually outpaced it. Not surprisingly, the technology became our main strategy for increasing food and agricultural output...
 
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Chetna Organic Works On Collective Action
"Chetna Organic now represents the belief of around 10,000 farmers out of which 6550 are producing certified organic cotton and the rest are in the transition phase....".
Sustainable Cottons.com  interviews Chetna Organic Executive Director, Y Ramakrishna.
 
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Here are some images from this year’s School Enrolment Campaign from villages of Bhawanipatna, Golamunda,  Lanjigarh,  Kantabanji clusters in Odisha and Utnoor cluster in Adilabad district of Andhra Pradesh.

 

A recent survey in these clusters has revealed that there are a total of 4467 children (2214 boys and 2253 girls) of school going age in these five clusters. Of these, only 3619 children (1821 boys and 1798 girls) are enrolled in school and the rest of the 848 children have either dropped out or have never been to school.

The objective of the School Enrolment campaign is to ensure that no kid in the school going age remains out of school, and the children already in school do not drop out. Measures have been taken to mainstream the children who dropped out of the school by providing remedial education in four centers.

Every year, as the Monsoons declares its arrival, and as the activity in rural India picks up … and just before the school academic year begins, the field staff of Chetna Organic in coordination with the local government schools, are out in the village streets, visiting each house insisting with parents that they send their children to school  followed by intensive counseling to the parents of the children who have opted to drop out.

A rally is also organized, walking through the village streets with all children & teachers, motivating, urging, inspiring the kids and their parents to continue with school and not to drop out on any pretext.

These school enrolment campaigns are organised every year by Chetna Organic in their field areas in Andhra Pradesh, and Orissa. These campaigns are organized by Chetna Organic with the Education Fund of the Peace By Peace Project being supported by Felissimo Corporation, Japan .

Pests or insects damage our agricultural produce by feeding on it. To destroy or kill these pests we use what are called pesticides. Pesticides are basically poison to kill the insects. Apparently, of all the pesticide sprayed on the crop, only one per cent of it actually falls on the insect. As much as 99 per cent of it falls on the crop, gets absorbed in the soil, and/or water, gets carried a little distance by wind, etc. In this manner it gets into our food and, thereby, into us.
 
- The Aamir Khan Column, The Hindu

Bt toxin is widely used in genetically modified crops.Fresh doubts have arisen about the safety of genetically modified crops, with a new study reporting presence of Bt toxin, used widely in GM crops, in human blood for the first time.

 

 India Today

 

Participants attending conference to review Bt cotton call for extensive investigation into all aspects of cotton production before drawing conclusions.

- Down to Earth

Shoppers Stop has launched a vibrant range of women's ethnic wear under its in-house label STOP, made from Shop for Change Fair Trade certified cotton produced by small-scale farmers from  Chetna Organic.
 
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The same full page appeared twice in three years, the first time as news, the second time as an advertisement...
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During Fairtrade Fortnight 2012, Sigfredo Benitez, from the Cooperativa Los Pinos coffee coop, in El Salvador; and Samatha Valluri from the CHETNA group in India, who work with small scale cotton farmers will visit many of the Fairtrade Towns groups around Ireland.

Indigenous knowledge and farming practices of the region's tribal people recognised for promoting food security and conserving biodiversity.

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