Our Celebration of Community Sovereignty
October 15, 2009

The Deccan Development Society’s village level womens’ collectives sanghams have put their faith in the collective strength over the decades. With a strong conviction in reviving of small and marginal lands they brought back the ecological farming practices, suitable to make some of the most marginalised land productive of biodiverse, nutritious, organic and healthy foods and fodder in the harsh drylands of Deccan, Andhra Pradesh.

On the 15th of October 2009, the sangham women of Deccan Development Society in commemorating their collective efforts are celebrating the Day of Community Sovereignty.

Marking the 25th birthday of the Deccan Development Society, the Day of Community Sovereignty celebrates multiple autonomies women have achieved: over food production; seeds; healthcare systems; market and; media [which we in the DDS describe as the Cycle of Autonomies].

Therefore the celebration of Community Sovereignty is being held befittingly on October 15, 2009, the International Day of Rural Women. The central focus will be millets (unfortunately referred to as coarse grains in popular parlance), which we in DDS believe as the Future of Food and Farming for India and have the capability to enable the poorer populations of rainfed India to construct their own food sovereignty.

October 15, 2009 also marks the first anniversary of the Sangham Radio, the first Community Radio in India and the first women and dalit community radio in the world. This day also marks the eighth anniversary of the formation of the Community Media Trust, the first all rural, all women media trust of the country, where it is rural women who record the voices and stories of their own people in their own vision of film making. [Please see brochure attached]. These women filmmakers will be happy to share their work with a fellow media persons and any one who is inclined to know the communities experience.

On this day the women of DDS sanghams will also showcase their seeds, crops, agriculture, market and media to a large number of women from their neighbouring villages and to sevarl invitees. They will also offer a tempting spread of special millet foods, something they have mastered over generations.




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