Event – Revitalising Agrarian Economy & Livelihoods

 

The Timbaktu Collective has been working for more than 25 years on issues of sustainable development in four mandals of Ananthapuramu District in Andhra Pradesh. In this period we have developed various business models for socioeconomic change in the region.

The objective of the event ‘Revitalising Agrarian Economy & Livelihoods’ was to bring all our stakeholders on to a common platform, to highlight the achievements of the rural business enterprises promoted by the Collective, and to present the key findings of three research studies that we had commissioned.

In attendance were 75 farmers, 25 NGOs & scholars, 10 government officials and 30 staff and volunteers of the Timbaktu Collective.

 

The three research studies that formed the basis of our discussions were:

A) Scaling up Agro-ecological Production Systems among Smallholder Farmers for Sustainable Livelihoods: A Study of the Ananthapuramu District.

The following two videos discuss the challenge of scaling up agro-ecological farming systems:


‘A natural resource management approach is more relevant, compatible and applicable for small farmers.’
– Shylaja R Rao.

 


‘As a cooperative, we will scale up only as much as our farmers are able to participate and control and guide the enterprise.’
– C.K. Ganguly, Timbaktu Collective

 

Following this, Murugesh explained the formation and the current structure and activities of Dharani Farming and Marketing  Cooperative:

 

Finally, there was a discussion on Participatory Guarantee Scheme (PGS) – the more decentralised, participatory and effective form of monitoring of organic standards:


‘PGS is a very good system; because everybody [in the village] knows what happens in the village.’
– C.K. Ganguly, Timbaktu Collective.

 

B) Livelihood through Livestock: Towards Resilience and Sustainability in Ananthapuramu District.

In the video below, professor Kandasamy explores the relationship between farming and livestock


‘Livestock is a key element that makes [small holder] farming viable .. as farming is not a single activity economy.’
– Prof. Kandasamy

 

While livestock rearing is an integral part of sustainable farming, it can also provide livelihoods in its own right. Gramsiri is a cooperative set up by the Timbaktu Collective that is experimenting with such a model:

 

C) The Status of Nutrition among Women and Children in Ananthapuramu District.

The video below discusses, both empirically and qualitiatively, the relationship between women and agriculture:


‘There is this general feeling that workload on women increases when you shift to organic agriculture .. [but] there isn’t much change in the number of hours that people put in, whether it is organic or mainstream [agriculture].’
– Shylaja R Rao.

 

Finally, how do these seemingly disparate initiatives – from small-holder agriculture to livestock rearing to women’s empowerment – come together?

The following video explores the question:

‘..we have to keep telling our people that you have to become entrepreneurs, we cannot all depend on agriculture.’
‘..unless we do multiple things from agriculture, and [form] newer and newer industries [that can be] run by ordinary human beings and not machines, then there is a future!”
– C.K. Ganguly, Timbaktu Collective.

 

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