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Beej Bachao Andolan
A two decades-old movement that strives to conserve local seed diversity and forests, while defending small farmers and promoting traditional agriculture and knowledge systems.

On the Lokashakti Network since:
Monday, 07 November 2011

Location:
District Tehri Garhwal
Upli Nagni, Uttarakhand 249175
India

Contact: Vijay Jardhari

Phone: +91-1376-275221

Email address:
negi.biju@gmail.com

Beej Bachao Andolan on:

Type of network resource:
  • Activist Organization
  • Farm / Community Garden

Issues addressed:
  • Education
  • Environmental Justice
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Self-determination

Description

Beej Bachao Andolan
The Beej Bachao Andolan, or Save the Seeds movement began in the late 1980s as a group of activists from the Henwal River Valley in Tehri district (Uttarakhand, India), led by Vijay Jardhari, drew links between the erosion of agricultural biodiversity and rural livelihoods, and sought to preserve the people’s cultural and scientific patrimony, as well as fight back against agrarian policies that favour corporate agribusiness at the expense of small farmers.

Many members such as Dhoom Singh Negi and Sudesha Devi are veterans of various social and environmental movements of the region including Chipko, the Anti-Liquor movement, and the anti-Mining struggles.

Beej Bachao Andolan activists have resolved to undertake the following:
1. Value Traditional Knowledge and Wisdom that ensures sustained survival and well being of agriculture and people.
2. Practice Principles of Traditional Agriculture that maintain a balance between man, animal, plant, water, air and earth.
3. Preserve the Sociology of Traditional Agriculture that enables self-sufficiency, yet also inter-dependence within society, lending collective support to individual efforts.
4. Conserve Forests that provide food and fuel to the people, fodder to the cattle, fertilizer to the fields, and water to the springs and rivulets.
5. Conserve Biodiversity which cuts risks, enhances food security and promotes a healthy variety to life.
6. Prevent the Poisoning of the Earth, its denizens and life-support systems, from the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides in agriculture.
7. Help People Wrest Control over natural resources for their common good.
8. Demand Legal Farmer Status for Women, the true keepers of holistic, sustainable agriculture.
9. Seek Recognition for small farmers in their capacity as providers to the nation.
10. Seek Scientist Status for Farmers who have tried, tested, improved upon and sustained the various facets of a healthy, sustainable agriculture through the history.
11. Seek Direct Representation of Farmers in policy decision making.

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