1. Khetee

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    Khetee focuses on community development through regenerative agroforestry, with village farmers and women in the founder’s hometown of Durdih, India, where most members of the population are part of the scheduled or other low castes, with many falling below the poverty line.

    The project was developed after noticing that many of the farmers in the area were struggling with volatile agricultural output, poor irrigation systems, and weakened soil. Several farmers in and around the village were not able to earn well and their productivity was mainly dependent on the monsoons. Its model farm is used for workshops to demonstrate the innovative and organic practices of farming, its advantages and effect on climate change.

    Khetee has adopted the method of spreading words through local folklore, and the team has prepared an act to show the present agricultural crisis and how agroforestry can be a solution. Women in the team have created folk songs to best explain its work.

  2. Earth4Ever Conservation Foundation

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    Earth4Ever Conservation Foundation works with communities of marginal farmers using permaculture principles, enabling them to be self-sufficient by establishing integrated systems that regenerate the ecosystem they live in.

    They use a participatory approach to address local challenges of water shortage, depleted topsoils and declining bio-diversity (due to unhealthy farming routines) – in translating healthy farming techniques on their own lands.

    They use a participatory approach to support marginal farmers – who face challenges of water shortage, depleted topsoil (sold to brick kilns) and unhealthy farming routines – in translating healthy farming techniques on their own lands.

    Since it was established in 2019, it has:

    * Set up a one-acre Permaculture Demonstration Farm where it demonstrates Permaculture principles in action and conducts hands-on workshops;
    * Trained 15 women farmers (across 6 villages) to become key-point farmers and establish their own Permaculture Kitchen Gardens, amid the COVID crisis, with a focus on growing bio-diverse nutritious food while restoring the ecology of their regions;
    * Facilitated their setup of the key-point gardens in their backyards, providing a demonstration for their village and inspiring many more women to join. Currently the total outreach is 61 women across 14 villages.

  3. Regen X

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    Regen X sees the fastest and most effective way to halt and even reverse the planetary crisis as conservation and re-creation of wilderness through deep and local, ecological knowledge. They aim to build eco-systemic resilience through sustainable and regenerative communitarian economies on lands that are under the threat of concretization.

    Regen X’s response is a framework centred on eco-architecture, service community-cooperatives, and ecosystem regeneration as an alternative and viable form of real estate development for privately owned lands within fragile ecosystems worldwide.

    In their proposed model they prioritise leaving 40-60% of the land wild through alliances with Indigenous communities and ecological experts. In the remainder they will create human habitat combining vernacular architecture, nature-based infrastructure and technology to support self-sufficiency.

    These living systems shall be owned collectively by local communities who have lived in the area for generations, and by outsiders that might join through complete and informed community consent. This stewardship-based model not only protects ecology: it rebuilds a sense of trust and ownership amongst traditional custodians.

  4. Navdanya

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    Navdanya was founded 30 years ago by environmentalist Dr. Vandana Shiva to defend the seed and food sovereignty of small farmers.

    It promotes a new agricultural and economic paradigm: a culture of food for health, where ecological responsibility and economic justice take precedence over today’s profit driven extractive food systems. The promotion of agroecology for economic security and the mitigation of climate change, together with seed and food sovereignty, are central to Navdanya’s vision of an Earth Democracy.

    Up to now, Navdanya has helped set up 137 community seed banks in 22 states of India and Bhutan, trained over 1 million farmers in seed conservation, food sovereignty and sustainable agriculture, and helped set up the largest fair trade organic network in the country.

    Navdanya is born of a vision that all beings have intrinsic value and an inherent right to live, grow and evolve to their full potential through their self organisation. Navdanya thus views the conservation of biodiversity and protection of all life forms as a fundamental human duty, and our universal responsibility.

  5. SOL Alternatives Agroécologiques et Solidaires

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    SOL was founded in 1980 by agronomists and social workers with the mission to favour small farmer’s autonomy and the preservation of our environment. Since then, we have been committed in creating long term partnerships with local organisations and are currently active in France, India and Senegal.

    For over ten years we have been working with Navdanya in India, an organisation who promotes an agriculture that respects the environment and the most marginalised rural populations. In partnership with Navdanya, SOL is currently developing two projects: “Small Farms International” and “Seeds of Hope”. They aim to empower deprived and marginalised farmers, especially women, in rural North India through trainings in agroecology, local seeds saving and biodiversity preservation.

  6. Institute for Cultural Research and Action (ICRA)

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    ICRA, based in Karnataka, India, was founded in 1985 to examine and voice the cultural pre-requisite of developmental process and how it is alienating large sections of the population, often fuelling forms of identity politics and religious violence. In response to the globalisation of the 1990s, ICRA decided to focus on small farms in rain fed regions.

    They utilise a participatory approach which ensures empowerment of a community’s own institutions. ICRA has evolved a suite of organic, cost-effective options for management of nutrients, pests and diseases which are designed to enhance whole farm productivity and address food and livelihood security thus demonstrating, ‘ecology is economics and economics is ecology’. ICRA combines field intervention with publication on farmers’ knowledge, training programs, action research, advocacy and campaign.

  7. Amrita Bhoomi Peasant Agroecology Centre

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    Amrita Bhoomi is a peasant agroecology training centre. It was launched in 2013 by Indian farmers to find solutions to the agrarian and ecological crises in India.

    Today, most farm soil and food are contaminated, ground water tables are low, and biodiversity is lost, due to oil dependent, chemical, and monoculture farming. On the social front, there is a wave of farmer’s suicides because of indebtedness due to expensive inputs.

    Amrita Bhoomi is working to reverse these trends by carrying out trainings for farmers on Zero Budget Natural Farming – a local agroecological method that needs no external inputs, very low water, and relies on natures processes. It has a special focus on youth, and also carry out seed conservation and distribution and climate adaptation.


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    In 2014 SWAYYAM began work on 5 acres of overgrazed, eroded and barren land outside the village of Yelachatti (India). SWAYYAM uses Permaculture and Natural Farming principles to build self sufficiency in communities by focusing on planting local and drought tolerant trees; reviving local and traditional polyculture farming systems that can nurture the soil, people and the ecosystem; saving and sharing of seeds; use & sharing of medicinal plants; reviving local water bodies; soil and water conservation; building with local materials using local skills and labour; use of alternate energy sources like solar and wind etc.

    In just three years, what was bare sub-soil has become a bio-diverse hub of fruit, timber, fodder and fibre trees, grasses, insects, butterflies, birds, reptiles and other wildlife. The focus now is on growing native and traditional crops specific to the area that are drought tolerant and can ensure multiple and extended yields, nutrition, health and food security.

  9. Strengthening Community Forest Governance in Sub-Himalayan Bengal

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    Strengthening grassroots institutions in forest villages in the area, to promote a system of community forest governance as a sustainable and equitable way to fight deforestation and commodification.

    The project activities include:

    • Strengthen community institutions for democratic forest governance;
    • Enrich value base (both biodiversity and livelihood) of the forest systems being brought under community governance;
    • Initiate meaningful community action in conservation as well as strengthening forest-based village economies;
    • Promote community conservation of forests as effective climate mitigation strategy;
    • In short, bringing the 2006 Forest Rights Act to life and making it work for forest communities.
  10. The Timbaktu Collective

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    The Timbaktu Collective works for sustainable development in the drought prone Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh (A.P.) in India.

    The Collective works in over 172 villages of Chennekothapalli, Roddam and Ramagiri mandals of Anantapur district, reaching and serving about 20,000 marginalised families.

    The Collective works with some of those most affected by chronic drought, unproductive land, unemployment and poor infrastructural facilities in the region. Among them are landless people and small and marginal farmers, with a  special emphasis on women, children, youth and dalits.