Mobile Biodiversity Festival-2017 Flagged Off
The 18th Mobile Biodiversity Festival was inaugurated at Lachunaik Tanda in Zaheerabad mandal on January 14, 2017. This world famous festival flagged off witnessing participation of more than 300 women farmers from the surrounding villages and Chief guests including Prof Kodandram, Former professor of Osmania University and an exponent of Telangana Culture, Agriculture and Politics, Prof Revati, Senior Economist and Professor of Economics at Centre of Economic and Social Studies, Dr T GNageshwar Rao, Incharge Direcotr of Government of Indian’s Indian Institute of Millet Research and Mr Komare Jagdeeswar, Sarpanch of Anegunta village and academicians, environmentalists, farming enthusiasts, media and more..
Delhi Declaration on MILLETS
The 5th National Convention on Millets was held on November 29-30, 2016 at Nehru Memorial Museum and Library(NMML) at Teen Murthi Bhavan, New Delhi. The two day National Convention also becomes an occasion for the launch of the National Network of Millet Sisters with about 5000 women farmers membership. The convention mainly focused on the promises made in the National Food security Act that promises the supply of 7kgs of millets along with wheat and rice to all the PDS card holders. While this is a laudable step by the government of India the responsibility of implementation of this clause is the complete responsibility of state governments, thereby lies the crux of the current problem even after 3 years of the National Food Security Act. Except for Karnataka no other state government has implemented this provision.
DDS Women at Food Secure Canada
Food Secure Canada, a pan-Canadian alliance of organizations and individuals working together to advance food security and food sovereignty had invited a delegation of farmers and food activists from Deccan Development Society. The delegation consisting of Sammamma, Lakshmamma , Mayuri and Tejaswi which has returned yesterday has done extensive work in reporting food security issues in India. They have particularly focused on trying to locate their work as a futuristic model for Global Food Security......
DDS - Disha Sangham Organics
DDS - Disha Organic Alliance was inaugurated on October 2 2016 as an attempt to bring together the women of DDS (who have been cultivating the nutritious grains such as millets and supplying them to the urban consumers) and the women of Disha (who have been practicing and promoting healthy lifestyle in the cities. The women together will start to run the Sangham Organics outlet near Tellpur -Bhel area in the city from October 2016......
MINI NATIONAL CAMPAIGN
Millet Network of India thanks the August Parliament of India for having
passed the National Food Security Act, on this same day three years ago.
MINI partners through their collective campaign and through their
continuous dialogues with central government made it possible for
millets; the coarse cereals of the dry land population of India to enter
Public Distribution System(PDS) through a provision made for them in
THE ENVIRONMENTAL WEEK
With a full throated pledge that they will be faithful to millets, a group of over 100 people committed themselves to the cause of millets as they inaugurated the first ever Millet Nutrition Counseling Center in India at Zaheerabad in Medak district of Telangana. This event was a climax of a weeklong celebration of World Environment Day by Deccan Development Society, an organisation which has been working with small and marginal women farmers, primarily Dalits in the semi arid region of Medak district. While the inauguration of the Millet Nutrition Counseling Center was a brand new initiative by the Deccan Development Society, the launch of a series of organic manure centers heralded the beginning of the environmental week........
DDS ORGANIC MANURES
The DDS Organic Manure Centers are an effort of nearly 500 women farmers spread over 30 plus villages in the four mandals of Zaheerabad region of the Medak district. None of these farmers as described above has a holding of more than two acres. 95% of their farms are unirrigated and do not have any kind of water source. Their soils are red, gravelly and shallow representing the 'poorest' soils in the semi arid region of the Medak district. In spite of these ecological handicaps the women, over the decades, have shown great strength and resilience in designing and defending a fascinating knowledge based agriculture that symbolises biodiversity, ecological richness and power of the small. A combination of all these factors has made their agriculture the most climate smart 'sovereign' agriculture of the poor.........
Maa Telangana - Maa Vyavasayam
We the citizens of Telangana were overwhelmed at the thought of Mana Telangana Mana Vyavasayam which the State government pondered as its step towards Bangaru Telangana. We fondly hoped that this would bring back to us our lost heritage of autonomous agriculture and prosperity which the Telangana people enjoyed for centuries. But the hopes lasted only untill we realized that Mana Telangana Mana Vyavasayam was a false slogan in the sense that it was neither representatie of Telangana nor was it is a people's agriculture.......
Celebrating Organic Vegetables
In the light of increasing dangers of chemically grown vegetables and fruits that cause severe damage to health of people and environment, the exploitation of consumers by commercial market forces and the age old exploitation of farmers through middle men mechanism, DDS Sangham Organics, farmers led market launched Organic Zaheerabad with a vision to protect our health and envirionment and to support organic traditional farmers in Zaheerabad region. This initiative is believed to promote the nutritional diversity and a fair market price that the consumers have been deprived of........
Closing Ceremony of 17th Biodiversity Festival
The 17th Mobile Biodiversity Festival closed on 13 February 2016 with an overwhelming participation by hundreds of women farmers, civil society members, policy makers and filmmakers and agro ecology experts from India and abroad. The 16 specially decorated bullock carts after their month long journey across the 35 villages reached Pacha Saale- the Green School near Machnoor village where the closing ceremony took place. ........
Millets or Quinoa!
DDS was the first to kickstart the debate on Quinoa Vs Millets. [Pl see out press note dated August 4, 2015] This was in response to the bankruptcy of middle class minds who were routing for Quinoa, a South American grain knowing nothing about millets the home grown grains that are as nutritious as Quinoa and more than 15 times [yes, 15 times] less expensive than Quinoa. As the Telugu channels ever looking for fancy ideas in preference to valuable ones started airing recipes in favour of Quinoa, anchored by tall, elegantly draped upper class women with their clipped NRI telugu accents, if was clearly visible for us that a new round of war had been waged against the miracle grains called MILLETS. Therefore it is our endeavour to bring a series of truths comparing Quihoa to Millets with reference to their nutrition, taste, ease of processing and cooking.
The Seeds of Revolution
She does not shout slogans and sit on dharnas, she is unlikely to have heard of Marx, and armed rebellion is nowhere on her horizon. Her revolution is embedded in the basics of life: soil, seeds, water, sun, and knowledge born of generations of living with these natural elements......
Millets Commune Shows the way for rain-fed farming
Women farmers preserve seed, give it on barter to fellow farmers.
We, the members of Telangana State Millets Coalition, having met and discussed today about the critical need for regeneration of millets, have come to the following conclusions after a daylong consultation at Hyderabad. When Telangana is grapping with the opportunity and challenges of building a Bangaru Telangana (Golden Telangana) its path must be made of Millets..........
Establish a Committee of Traditional Agriculture Experts for Telangana
Establish a Committee of Traditional Agriculture Experts for Telangana and mandate them to find out the principles followed by the traditional Telangana farmers and discover how they have built a brilliant agriculture that produces Biodiversity, increased grains and fodder output from their dryland farms and produces a concept of uncultivated food for more food output for their people...........
Declare Telangana as Millet State and Millets as Telangana State Crop - DDS & MINI Demands Chief Minister of Telangana
Telangana should cultivate millet crop without irrigation emphasises the need to rethink the State's agricultureal policies becomes very urgent. Telangana is starved of water as well as funds to construct new irrigation projects. The answer to both of these problems lie in concentrating on millet crops which can grow very well without irrigation even on poor soils. Raising a hectare of rice is tantamount to spending all the water needed by a village for drinking, cooking, washing, cleaning etc these amount to a criminal waste of water. Millets, on the other hand, grow without irrigation and are store houses of nutrition..........
Organic Products for Sale
The following organic products are available for sale at DDS Sangam Shop at Zaheerabad. The produce is from the fields and farms of the members of the DDS women sanghams all of who are invariably ecological farmers.
Jai Chandiram Memorial
Organic Movement Sprouts in Andhra
The region has been famous for inorganic rice cultivation only until a few farmers from the village started growing rice organically. "After being affected by Soriasis, I have stopped using chemical fertilizers in my farm and eventually turned as an organic farmer" said Dasaradha Maharaja, organic rice farmer and the founder of 'Go Adharitha Prakruthi Vyavasayadarula Sangham' which translates to Cow dependent Natural Farmers Group. "Coming together also helped us exchange knowledge and market our produce" he said.
ANJAMMA THE PLANT SAVIOR
Deccan Development Society is proud to announce that Smt. Anjamma, DDS farmer received a National Award as Plant Savior from Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Agriculutre & Farmers Welfare Minister in New Delhi. Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers Rights Authority, India (PPVFRA) reconigsed her efforts in preservation and conservation of local varieties of seeds and extinct varieties of plants. Smt Nadimidoddi Anjamma is from Gangwar village in Medak district of Telangana. Her house is a treasure of local seeds nearly 80 varieties. She is an excellent example for practicing biodiverse based ecological agriculture. Anjamma does not use hybrid or high yielding varieties and not even chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
DDS SANGHAM ORGANICS
The DDS Sangham Organics is country's first orgnaic market run by women farmers. This farmer's maket is another dimension of the Deccan Development Society's discourse on control. In the age of globalisation, where market and media work in tandem to shape people's ideas on food and agriculture, the need for strong alternative markets has never before been felt so acutely. Such a need, coupled with the importance of the poor creating their own markets and defying the dictates of the mainstream market can bring a sea - change in the relationship between the poor and market.
Drumstic & Flax Seed Leaves
EXCELLENCE IN FARMING AWARD
Meedoddi Vinoda is 30 year old dalit, small hold farmer, hailing from Nyalkal mandal of Zaheerabad region in Medak district, Telangana. She has been practicing agriculture for the last 15 years and today she epitomizes the success of thousands of women farmers of Deccan Development Society (DDS) who have been practicing a bio diverse, climate friendly agriculture for decades.
Last year, the impressive profit margin Vinoda achieved from her organic farm caught the attention of farmers, media and experts alike.
A CHARTER OF MEEDODDI VINODA
PICK OF THE MOBILE BIODIVERSITY FESTIVAL 2016
We celebrated the17th Annual Mobile Biodiversity Festival from January 14th till Februarey 13th. This was an occasion not only for the DDS communities to celebrate their amazing agrobiodiversity but also create a space for scientists, policy makers, environmental and social activists to articulate their views on biodiversity per se, its science and social implications and the way forward to address all these issues for a biodiverse future for this country.
DECLARATION ON MILLETS
The IV National convention on Millets sincerely thanks the August Parliament of India for having passed the National Food Security Act, and wants to remind the honorable parliamentarians that the spirit of the Act is still not being realized because of the failure of Food Corporation of India and the State governments to procure and supply millets in PDS...........
TALES OF ECOLOGICAL HEROISM
How women from the Deccan Region in India overcame adversities of climate and soil to generate multiple securities through biodiverse farming..........
FARM TO HOME
Understanding the urban needs, Sangham Organics came up with the ‘Mobile Van’ service for urban customers who can now avail its authentic organic products with more convenience. This mobile market will not only make shopping easy but also bring to you the 100% organic products grown by DDS’ farmers in Zaheerabad region directly from their farms to your homes. This attempt of DDS is to genuinely promote consumption of millets and other food crops grown through organic and bio diverse farming that are rich in nutrition, among urban population who are often prone to high level adulterated food products available in mainstream markets..........
A Day with Sangham Radio
The women show a great deal of concern about how they are represented in media. They described the perceived difference between when they make videos or audio reports versus the one make by outsiders. Outsiders come with all the shots planned out and a few words they want the women to say, all decided before the filmmaker even arrives. Then wehn the video is finished, it seems like the women had made the filmmakers point.........
International Seed Day
On this day, the Millet Network of India in association with Deccan Development Society voiced the concerns of millions of farmers across the country and give an expression to their angst about the way their seed are being appropriated by big business interests.........
Banking on Millet Magic
Deccan Development Society empowers women farmers through seed banking and marketing. The series on millets would be incomplete if it does not talk about the people who have been playing a pivotal role in not only protecting the grains but also projecting the importance of including them in our daily food.........
Doctor at Your Door Steps
My Best Gift, Ever:
"We don't need to do that anymore. Every family has food security now."
Safflower is an agricultural and food marvel. They are the only oilseeds which HAVE ZERO transfats, a major concern in heart conditions. Even more amazing is the fact that when cold pressed, safflower seeds are believed to scrape off cholesterol from human Jeart. Ayurvedic experts say that, when safflower oil is produced using traditional ghanuga [crusher] they exhibit anti cholesterol properties. Safflower oil is rich in Vitamin E and helps lower Blood Pressure, Diabetes and Coronary Heart Disease...