This programme was conceived as equity based model and as an alternative
to area based watershed approach, with the overall objective of Creation
of a new Watershed Model targeted entirely for the poor.
Village Medicinal Commons - a three year balance sheet (updated 1-June,
The Medicinal Plants Project of DDS supported by Find Your Feet was
started in 1996.
Childcare is an important area of concern. All the DDS women work during
the day; spending nearly 8-10 hours every day in family farms or as
hired labour in farms. Because of the taxing working hours these women
have expressed a need for someone to take care of their children during
their absence. The DDS balwadis cater to this need.
Food Security : Four Major
A look back at the DDS work with the women and agriculture gives us
a clear indication on the direction we have moved in to ensure food
security for the poor and the dalits.
- Radio Station
Women Speak to Women: DDS Community FM Radio- the poor dalit women's
(DDS sangams members) arguments are extraordinarily original and are
unmatched for their logic. They have suggested that a radio of their
own would provide more effectively a medium for articulating locally
relevant issues, in their own language, and in their own time.
- Video by Women : An Alternative
Seven women, two are students and the four are farm labour and one
is a DDS worker. All of them are dalits in an age group of 16-35 years.
The women chose to learn video production for various reasons
Women in DDS
- Women Sangams
The Village sanghams, voluntary associations of the poor women, are
the base of DDS. Most of these sanghams are basically formed by Dalit
women but not to the exclusion of the poor women from a wide array
of castes from Muslims to Gollas, Tenugus to Mangalis, Reddys to Sakalis.
- Shelter for Single Women
The need to set up a safe home for women and girls arose, when the
sangha members shared their problems of violence against women, and
forced child marriages of girls aged 10-12 years.
- Community Media Trust
In a pathbreaking exercise 10 Dalit women of Andhra Pradesh were
trained in wielding the video camera. More importantly these women
have been handed over the ownership of this tool to voice their opinions
Campaigns & Workshop
Eastern Regional Consultation on Millets, December 13-14, 2014, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam
WOMEN FARMERS MARCH AGAINST MONSANTO, by SAGE, DDS & JVV at Hyderabad, India, March 25, 2013
LOCAL CONCERNS, GLOBAL VOICES: Communities Transcent Boundaries for Agro-Biodiversity, DDS Initiatives during COP11, October 2012
DDS, MINI & SAGE
Highlighting Agri-biodiversity at COP 11, October 9-15, 2012
Multi City Release of the Report to the Media, Bt Cotton and Beyond: An Afro Asian Conclave on Genetic Engineering, On the occasion of International GM Opposition Day, April 9, 2012
International Women's Day 2012 Celebrations at Sangareddy (March 8, 2012)
INDIA'S AGRARIAN CRISIS - IS GE A SOLUTION - A Mini Film Festival at Thrissur, Kerala (Feb 25-26, 2012)
Vote for Millets in Food Security Bill, Request Letter to all Parliamentarians December, 2011
EASTERN INDIA CONVENTION ON MILLETS, BHUBANESHWAR DECLARATION, December 14-15, 2011
DHARWAD DECLARATION ON MILLETS, October 16-17, 2011
Citizens Question UID Number / Aadhaar Initiative, Hyderabad Declaration for Boycott of UID / Aadhaar, July 31, 2011
What are the South Indian Farmers Saying about their BT Cotton Experience
The BRAI BILL 2011, Does It Have The Answers to People's Questions on GE?
GE in 24 Frames - A Festival of Films (2010)
CONCLUDING CEREMONY of SANGHAM PANDUGALU (Dec 2010)
Urgent intervention with regards to the proposed Seed Bill approved by the Union Cabinet on 20th October, 2010 - Letter to Prime Minister
Urgent intervention with regards to the proposed Seed Bill approved by the Union Cabinet on 20th October, 2010 - Letter to Prime Minister
AUTHORITY BILL, 2010: A Fastracking process to disenfranchise agricultural systems and traditional farming knowledges - Letter to members of National Advisory Council (NAC) (Aug 2010)
Sow peace across Indo-Pak fields not genetically modified Bt cotton! - Letter to Chairman, NBA (Aug 2010)
Workshop on Experience Sharing and Strategy Building on Genetic Engineering in Food & farming and its legal dimensions , Co-organised by
NALSAR University of Law, SAGE & GRAIN, July 17-18, 2010
Western Region Consultation on Millets, Gurajarat Vidyapith Campus, Ahmedabad, July 5-6, 2010
SAGE Feedback on report of the National Fibre Policy Sub-Group To Union Minister for Textiles (July 2010)
MILLETS IN MEDAK & BIODIVERSITY HERITAGE SITES OF DDS
BIODIVERSITY HERITAGE SITES - Communities Pledge on Conservation (June 2010)
VOTING OUT DEMOCRACY AND VOTING IN CORPORATOCRACY: Bt Brinjal Moratorium should not Reversed
Millets, Food Sovereignty And Climate Change - Experience Sharing & Perspective Building Workshop, MANAGE, Hyderabad, April 21 & 22, 2010
Building social economy and sustainable autonomous communities: the case of the DDS
Sage Sent Affidavits To Standing Committee On Agriculture
Democratisation Of G E Debate - Citizens dialogues in Multi-Cities On Health Impacts and Politics of GM Foods by Dr. Shiv. S. Chopra, Eminent Genetic Scientist from Health Canada
Our Celebration of Community Sovereignty
RAITA TEERPU [Farmer's Verdict] November 30 - December 5, 2009 Bengalooru, Karnataka
A Memorandum To Honourable Dr Rajasekhara Reddy Chief Minister Government Of Andhra Pradesh
Hold Back the Initiative on Cooperative Farming
Brinjal food festival
AP Organic Farmers Convention 2009
Protest Meet in Tamilnadu on NBA Chief Irresponsible Speech on GM Crops
Alliance For Democratisingagricultural Research, South Asia
Civil Societies Demand Scrapping of NBRA Proposal
Farmers Alert - Registration or Reward For 'Genome Saviors' does not mean protection of Farmers' Interests
- National Environment Awareness Campaigns (NEAC) 2007-2008
- World Food Day Celebrations
Pastapur October 16, 2007
World Food Day is the annual celebratory activity of DDS, Pastapur in which the women of DDS sanghams who have been pursuing ecological agriculture, food and seed sovereignty and rich biodiversity in their food and farming systems.
- BIOFUELS IN INDIA, WILL THEY DELIVER OR DESTROY? All India National Consultation 3 – 4 December, 2007
We, farmers, people’s movements, NGOs and concerned individuals came together from different parts of India – Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Nagaland, Orissa, Rajasthan, to share concerns and experiences on “bio”fuels at an all-India event in village Pastapur of Medak District in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh to truly debate the question whether this so called energy cropping will deliver or destroy.
- ALL INDIA MILLET NETWORK LAUNCHED October 16, 2007
- Workshop on Operationalising Community Radio October 11-13, 2007
The Deccan Development Society
(DDS), in association with Community Radio Forum, India and with assistance from UNESCO organized a residential workshop
on Operationalising Community Radio for NGOs working in Andhra Pradesh
from October 11-13, 2007.
- GOVERNMENT WARNED ABOUT THE DANGERS IN DOCUMENTING PEOPLE’S KNOWLEDGE August 13,2007
Documenting traditional knowledge on biodiversity without adequate safeguards for protection of this knowledge will lead to a host of risks, the government has been cautioned by a national consultation on Documenting Diversity. It will offer the rich knowledge heritage of the Indian people to the predatory corporate interests, the Consultation has warned the Government. The Consultation has also demanded that any such documentation must be designed and led by communities, and be given legal and other protection against theft and misuse through ‘biopiracy’.
- DDS’ Day at the AP Biodiversity Board celebrations of
World Biodiversity Day May 22nd,2007
- WHOSE BIODIVERSITY AND KNOWLEDGE IS IT? April 27, 2007
- Joint GM Opposition Day observed by APCIDD and SAGE April 10, 2007
- National Workshop for Farmer’s Groups on
Biodiversity Act 14 – 16
In the light of the Biodiversity Act 2002, an exclusive workshop to the farming fraternity is being organized on 14th - 16th of January at DDS-KVK, Zaheerabad; to highlight the critical issues weaved around Biodiversity regulation, its control, conservation and its impact on farming community. This workshop is being organized as part of an ongoing campaign towards Community Control over Biodiversity.
- Our dissent note to discuss Farm Issues with Mr Bush a Letter to Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh"
REGULATION: CONTROL & CONSERVATION
A Strategy Workshop, September 8 – 9, 2006, IITD, Kolkata
In the light of the Government’s slew
of legislations and regulations on biological resources and intellectual
property, the two day workshop on Biodiversity regulation: control
and conservation held between 8th and 9th September 2006 in Kolkata.
A South Asia Regional Learning Event at Hyderabad, September 5-7th,
The Regional Consultation and Exchange on
Livelihood and Food Security in South Asia that was organized in
Hyderabad by Deccan Development Society with the support of Christian
Aid, India between 5th and 7th September 2006 ended on a positive
India be Fed With GM food? The Bangalore Declaration, July 5, 2006
Under SAGE banner a roundtable on "Should Indians be
fed with g m food?" was jointly organized by CREAT,
DDS and Mysore Grahak Parishad in Bangalore on 5th July 2006. This
roundtable was organized in protest against the recent slew of legislations
that aims at according access of genetically modified foods into
Indian market and also to express the pernicious ramifications thereof
particularly on health and nutrition.
- International GM Opposition Day
The genetic industry’s lies continue to consume farmers’ lives.
What do we protect?
On the International Day of Opposition to Genetic
Engineering, the Andhra Pradesh Coalition in Defence of Diversity
strongly expresses its total resolve to resist the genetic engineered
crops from the farms of Andhra Pradesh and genetically modified foods
from the plates of consumers.
Paisa and a Little Motivation!
A Postcard Campaign Against National Environment Policy (NEP) and
draft EIA Notification
- CAMPAIGN AGAINST TERMINATOR SEEDS
After leading an intensive campaign as convenors of South Against
Genetic Engineering [SAGE], on 20th March, we sent the petition signed
- Monsanto's biggest
lie of the century
The first ever independent scientific study on bt cotton done on season
long basis continuously for three years has come out with startling
- Farmers' Caravan
The two networks (SANFEC and Resistance Network, the most active network
of South Asia against trafficking of women and children) organized
in 1998 the SAARC People's Forum in Sri Lanka, parallel to the 10th
SAARC summit held in Colombo
- Prajateerpu : The Food
Futures of Andhra Pradesh
The Prajateerpu, a farmers jury on Food Futures in the state of Andhra
Pradesh in South India was organised in the context of the currently
rethinking by AP on its approach to farming, land use and marketing.
- National Environmental Awareness
The Ministry of Environment and Forests has been conducting National
Environment Awareness Campaigns (NEAC) every year since 1986 to create
environmental awareness among the general masses.
- Non-Pesticide Management Programme
Non-pesticidal Management of Gram pod borer in pigeon pea and chick
pea by farmers of the Zaheerabad region in Deccan plateau.
BIODIVERSITY FESTIVAL - 2014
Ringing Closure to the Mobile Biodiversity Festival 2013
The 13th Mobile Biodiversity Festival of DDS (2012) - Where People Reassert Faith in their Biodiversity
The 12th Mobile Biodiversity Festival of DDS (2011)
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Conclusion Of Eleventh Mobile Biodiversity Festival (2010)
- People's Agenda
Year 1999 was a watershed year for the DDS communities of Zaheerabad region in Medak District of Andhra Pradesh.. These communities in the Deccan region of South India celebrated a festival: Paata antala Panduga: the Festival of Traditional Crops. This was an unusual festival, a festival to rejoice the diversity of local crops, seeds, animals and their relationship with local culture. People flocked to the festival to re-connect with their culture and traditions, which have not only practiced ecological agriculture but also revered it for thousands of years.
Celebrating Tenth Anniversary of Mobile Bio-diversity Festival (2010)
- Conclusion Of Ninth Mobile Bio-diversity Festival (2009)
The 9th month long Annual Mobile Biodiversity Festival concluded on 13 February 2008 at Pachasaale Campus of Machnoor village, Jharasangam Mandal, Medak District.
- The DDS Mobile Bio-diversity Festival 2008
It is that time of the year again – time for the farmers of the Deccan diversity region to celebrate their food, seed and bio-diversity. Time for them to celebrate their identity as farmers even as others of their kind are losing hold and hope on their livelihood.
- Eighth Annual Biodiversity Festival Culminates
The rich ecological diversity
and cultural vivacity of the Deccan region was eloquently displayed
at the conclusion ceremony of the Eighth annual biodiversity festival
that came to an impressive end on 13th February at Machnoor Village,
ceremony of the Annual Mobile Diversity Festival 2006
The sixth Annual Mobile Biodiversity Festival of Deccan Development
Society, that pays tribute to the rich biodiversity, and the joie
de vivre of the sangham women of the Deccan region came to an end
on 12th February 2006.
- Inauguration of Mobile Biodiversity
Festival - 2006
In a state like AP where farmer suicides are rampant and seed crises dominate the agrarian scene, could there be a place where every farmer has his or her own seeds, with their farms sporting diverse crops grown on ecologically sound principles and no farmer desperate enough to commit suicide?
- Mobile Biodiversity Festival 2005
- Vermi Compost
The objective of this programme is both the enable women's groups
to become eco-entrepreneurs as well as bridging the gaps in the availability
of the bio fertilisers for use in the farmlands of the sangham members.
It is a cooperative venture started by the Women Sangam members living
in 70 villages around Zaheerabad, with lofty ideals. This was started
on 7th November an auspicious Diwali day in the year 1999. It is registered
in the name of Deccan Development Society Mutually Aided Credit Cooperative
Society Ltd (DDS MACCS) under MACCS Act
Café Ethnic an Organic Millet Restaurant was inaugurated on
26th January, 2004 at Zaheerabad by Prof. Laxma Goud, an eminent international
artist & son of Medak and formerly Dean of Fine Arts, University
EU Forum in Berlin June 2007
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