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Pesticides do not decipher caste, gender or nationality. They will kill anybody irrespective of his or her origins.



Papers & Publications

A Brochure on Jai Chandiram Memorial 1st National Community Media Film Festival [February 2017]

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Widening Wings - Millet Network of India 2015[November 2015]

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Tales of Ecological Heroism[October 2015]

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Doctor at Your Door Steps
Darvazalo Davakhana [Jan 2015]

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Combating Desertification Land Degradation & Drought
Resource Material for NEAC 2014-2015

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Communities Transcent Boundaries for Agro-Biodiversity [2012]

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Bt Cotton & Beyond
An Afro Asian Conclave [Jan 2012]

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India's Agrarian Crisis - "Is GE a Solution"
A Mini Film Festival by DDS CMT[Feb 2012]

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A Report on the
India's First National Convention of Millet Farmers [2011]

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Agrobiodiversity Heritage Site of Zaheerabad
Medak District, Andhra Pradesh (2011)

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What are the South Indian Farmers Saying about their BT Cotton Experience (2011)

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GENETIC MANIPULATION A Dossier of SAGE Bulletins 2010-11

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National Environment Awareness Campaigns 20010 - 2011:

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National Environment Awareness Campaigns 2009 - 2010:

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GE in FOOD & FARMING and ITS LEGAL IMPLICATIONS - A Round Table for Strategy Building (2010)

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Millets in Medak & Biodiversity Heritage Sites of DDS (2010)

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Second Quarter Report

Organic Labelling Scheme (2010)

Millets Future of Food and Farming (2009)

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II National Consultation on Millets
Nov 16 & 17, 2009, New Delhi

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Whose Media, Whose Freedom?
A paper by p v satheesh, director, deccan development society, hyderabad at the UNESCO World Press Freedom Day 2010, Brisbane, Australia

Genetically Engineered Promises & Farming Realities
A paper by p v satheesh, director, deccan development society, hyderabad for the National Seminar on Genetic Engineering, Food and Faming, Institute of Engineers, Mysore, November 7, 2009

Sustainable Agriculture, Biotechnology, Rural Development --- Is a convergence possible?
A paper by p v satheesh, director, deccan development society, hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India For the National Seminar on Land Use Planning for Biodiversity Conservation, Thrissur, Kerala, August 6-7, 2009

Building social economy and sustainable autonomous communities: the case of the DDS
- A Critical Analysis of Sustainable Agriculture Initiatives in Andhra Pradesh by Ashok Kumbamu for Oxford Press & Community Development Journal, 2009

Community Charter on Climate Crisis - Outcome of Indiawide Particpatory Initiative (2009)

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The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods (2009)

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Gendering Agriculture: Putting Women First
A A paper by p v satheesh, director, deccan development society, hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India for the Aga Khan Foundation's International Food Policy Research Institute Workshop on Women in Agriculture in South Asia (August 2008)

Another Year of Doon - Bt Cotton in AP - 2008

Gods Own Crops (2008)

Affirming Life and Diversity (2007)

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in Zaheerabad Region, Medak District, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Farmer - Proofing Agricultural Research Current Trends in India

GMO'S THREATEN FOOD SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENT a public interest litigation in the Apex Court of India
The Deccan Development is a co petitioner in a Public Interest Litigation filed in the Supreme Court of India, the apex Indian legal court.


an international Consultation on Bt Cotton.......Final Report

What Farmers reaped growing Bt Cotton - Profits or Problems???

Bt Cotton Study 2005-06 : False Hopes Festering Failures

BT Cotton in Andhra Pradesh: A three year assessment (2005)
The first ever sustained independent scientific study on Bt Cotton in India

A study on Alternative Public Distribution System (2004)
A book on Public Distribution System (PDS) by Ch. Srinivas & S. Abdul Thaha

ON THE MARGIN: Poor and Their Lands (2004)
A case for Comprehensive Public Investments

DID Bt COTTON FAIL A P AGAIN IN 2003-2004? (2004)

Organic Cotton Re-inventing the Wheel (2003)

EED Hyderabad Declaration (2003)
Representatives of Civil Society Organisations and NGOs from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, met in Hyderabad, India, from June 18-21, 2003, with a view to promote a better understanding of, and to develop strategies for safeguarding food sovereignty, the preservation of biodiversity as well as community rights and traditional knowledge. Some conclusions and recommendations.

Fruits of Diversity (2003)
This brochure is about the need to protect traditional knowledge. What is it about it that is worth protecting and who does it benefit? And why is a developmental organisation of all things interested in this? Isn’t its job to promote development that overcomes tradition and to pave the way for modernity? Isn’t the call for the protection of traditional knowledge the romanticised conservation of things that belong in a museum?

Sustainable Agriculture, Food Security and gender

An Entitlement Refused. The story of DDS Community Radio (2003)

Another Organics is Possible - By P V Satheesh, Director, Deccan Development Society, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh (April, 2003)

Finally I have seen Bt cotton - PV Satheesh (January 2003)

Did Bt Cotton Save farmers in Warangal? (2002-2003)
Release of a season long impact study of Bt Cotton

Agrobiodiversity in Andhra Pradesh - a Farmers' Perspective (A book)
(November, 2002)

Genetic Engineering, Agriculture and Food (November, 2002)
A book on the proceedings of a two day seminar held at Hyderabad, July 2-3, 2001

Virtual Voice - Community Media Trust (updated 19-June, 2002)
In a pathbreaking exercise 10 Dalit women of Andhra Pradesh have been trained in wielding the video camera. More importantly these women have been handed over the ownership of this tool to voice their opinions and grievances.

Report on Southern regional NBSAP workshop (updated 17-June, 2002)
JANUARY 5 - 7, 2002
Village Pastapur, Zaheerabad Mandal,
Medak District, Andhra Pradesh

The Crops of Truth : Meena Menon (May 2002)
A millet that grows on dew, sorghum(jowar) that can survive on very little water, - local farmers in Medak, part of Telangana, call them Satyam pantalu- the crops of truth-they live off the moisture in the air.

Crops of Truth (May 2002)
Farmers' Perception of Agrobiodiversity in the Deccan region of South India.
- P V Satheesh

People's Participatory Video : A Case for Global Alliance
Look at the links between PRA and PV and see how PV can be seen as a vibrant offspring of PRA and in many cases a possible correction to the misrepresentations that have crept into PRA.

The Kuppam Project : A Study (July, 2000)
What we are witnessing in the Kuppam project is the penetration of capitalism into agriculture. Capitalist penetration from agriculture robs the soil of its fertility and the people of their lives. This is the meaning and lesson to learn from the kuppam project

On Networking : Connecting Micro to Macro
For the first ten years of its existence, DDS had been basically introvert and inward looking. But as our experiences built up and we found more than one thread stranding us with the needs and experiences of the outside world, we had to started joining force with many other organisations, regional, national and global. The last two years have seen this networking at its intense best.

Food Security for Dryland Communities
The efforts made by DDS to promote food security among dalit farmers particularly, women is premised on people becoming part of the planning, decision making and execution process to improve and take control of their own agriculture

How to make PDS Work for the Poor
The paper explains the context in which the Altermative PDS through Community Grain Fund programme being implemented by the DDS and the experiences over the last three years.

Uncultivated Foods and the Poor
Agriculture of the poor is characterized by the celebration of bio-diversity on their lands. A minimum of 8 to 12 crops is grown by them at the same time and space on their lands.

Turning the World Upside Down
Lakshmi is one of the lowest of the low - a dalit, or 'untouchable', at the very bottom of India's hierarchy of castes. But one of the most influential agricultural scientists in the country, M. S. Swaminathan, a pioneer of hybrid rice and father of the 'Green Revolution' , will soon be beating a path to her door in the tiny village of Humnapur in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

Integrating Intellectual Concerns
The article describes further growth necessary to incorporate emerging concerns like Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO).

Approach Paper to Agriculture in Andhra Pradesh
The Government of Andhra Pradesh has brought out an Approach Paper on Agriculture as a part of its series of approaches as seen through Vision 2020. This critique will attempt to examine why this approach will create an environmentally disastrous, economically devastating, intellectually emasculating, deeply unhappy farm family and an unsustainable farming approach, a situation which is in total opposition to the stated objectives of the paper.

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