Food & Water: Websites

Posted on April 27, 2014

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  1. Shunya organic and permaculture farm (Himachal Pradesh) - an endeavour to preserve and augment the biodiversity in the area and consolidate and create a knowledge base for the old and new residents to explore new ways of thinking, livelihoods and lifestyle options. (checked on 22 Oct. 2018)

  2. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched a website on Agroeocology, which highlights and shares relevant knowledge on agroecology. As agroecology has been identified as an integration of science, practices and social processes, the platform provides updates on current states of knowledge on these three aspects.(checked on 16 Dec. 2016)
  3. The AgroEcology Fund seeks to fortify multi-sectoral movements around the world that engage in strategies as diverse and complementary as researching soil carbon sequestration, creating agroecology schools and seed banks, offering new models of agricultural extension, passing local land and water use ordinances, and critically, resisting systematic and intentional barriers to agroecology, such as corporate control of seed systems. (checked on 6 Dec. 2019)

  4. ACWADAM, a not-for-profit organisation, aims at establishing a groundwater management agenda in India. It is a premier education and research institution that not only develops and disseminates knowledge on groundwater, but also facilitates work on groundwater management through action research programmes, trainings and policy advocacy. (checked on 15 May 2019)

  5. Shiv Nadar University offers a MSc program in Water Science and PolicyA first of its kind academic program offering a multi-disciplinary perspective on water, for regular students and potential students from CSOs/environmental movements who can do the course work over 5 years.  Please see: //cpact.snu.edu.in (checked on 11 May 2018)

  6. The Millet Foundation (TMF) envisions a society where living and livelihoods are sustainable through an ecosystem built on millets. To accomplish this vision, TMF is on a mission to bring millets on every table and every farm. (checked on 20 Mar. 2017)

  7. Bhoomi Ka is a non-profit that helps people access clean, green and fair produce.  It operates in West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odhisha and Delhi with special focus in the cities of Delhi, Kolkata, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar and Jamshedpur. (checked on 5 Dec. 2017)

  8. Vrihi, the first non-governmental rice seed bank, is the largest folk rice seed bank in eastern India, established by Debal Deb not only to promote cultivation of folk rice varieties, but also to re-establish the vanishing culture of non-commercial seed exchange. (checked on 16 Oct. 2019)

  9. Farm2Food (based in Assam) is made up of people who place schools and communities first in everything that they do. They believe that when youth, students, and women empower themselves, they empower the communities around them as well. Their objective is to provide the training and tools which will enable local communities to take control of their own production and development processes in order to build a productive, change-oriented, and self-reliant society. (checked on 30 Dec. 2019)

  10. URBAN FOOD STREET™ is a built environment initiative that tackles Australia's social suburban isolation by using edible plant species, grown on the suburban verge, as a catalyst to create active and engaged suburban streets. (checked on 20 Mar. 2017)

  11. Water remunicipalisation Tracker for materials on the remunicipalisation trend. It's a collective work of different groups and organizations. (checked on 23 Apr. 2018)

  12. Kerala Agricultural Development SocietyThis is a Voluntary organisation of Farmers growing and promoting Organic Produce in Kerala. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  13. ASHA (Alliance for Sustainable & Holistic Agriculture) is a large, nation-wide informal network of more than 400 organisations drawn from 20 states of India, that have come together in 2010 to organise a Kisan Swaraj Yatra, a nation-wide mobilisation to draw attention to issues pertaining to our FOOD, FARMERS, FREEDOM. (checked on 15 Oct. 2016)

  14. The Timbaktu Collective works with small holder farmers and various Cooperatives of Anantapur district of Telangana s and encourages them to move towards better and sustainable farming practices. '(checked on 15 Oct. 2016)

  15. New Delhi-based Gene Campaign works for conservation of genetic resources of the Global South. Its Activities include collection of traditional varieties of rice are being collected from the eastern Indian region considered the Centre of Origin of rice. Collections from various states are conserved in twelve field level Zero Energy Gene-Seed Banks in Jharkhand. The Gene-Seed Banks are maintained by village samitis supported by Gene Campaign. A similar village level Gene-Seed bank has been established in Uttarakhand where seeds of traditional varieties of millets, legumes, maize, rice and wheat are conserved. (checked on 7 Nov. 2015))

  16. BAIF Development Research Foundation's mission is to create opportunities of gainful self-employment for the rural families, especially disadvantaged sections, ensuring sustainable livelihood, enriched environment, improved quality of life and good human values. This is being achieved through development research, effective use of local resources, extension of appropriate technologies and upgradation of skills and capabilities with community participation. (checked on 19 Apr. 2018)

  17. Water Literacy Foundation, based in Bengaluru, supports farmers by giving them knowledge about non-irrigational agriculture and rainwater harvesting and realising projects that fight water scarcity. (checked on 21 Jul. 2015)

  18. Jeevitnadi - Living River Foundation is a Pune-based organisation comprising of individuals from various walks of life, who have come together for a common purpose of transforming the local river - the Mula-Mutha - into a living river. (checked on 8 Sep. 2018)

  19. The Organic Farming Association of India (OFAI) was set up to promote organic farming, lobby with government agencies and departments to pay more attention to sustainable agriculture, and assist farmers using chemicals and pesticides to convert successfully to organic farming methods. The association strives to ensure gender equality in all its activities. It campaigns actively against the introduction of genetically modified organisms and seeds in India’s agriculture. (checked on 22 Apr. 2016)

  20. Drop Dead Foundation, based in Mumbai, has methodically had faulty faucets in the community repaired punctually, and thus saved millions of litres of water that would otherwise have been wasted. (checked on 4 Mar. 2016)

  21. MAKAAM, or Mahila Kisan Adhikaar Manch (Forum For Women Farmers' Rights) is an informal forum created to secure due recognition and rights of women farmers in India. It is an alliance to create and secure rights over livelihood resources (land in particular) as well as entitlements over a variety of support systems, with equal participation of these women in decision-making. (checked on 12 Oct. 2015)

  22. Save Our Rice is a campaign to protect rice culture and wisdom, conserve traditional rice seeds, and promote ecological rice cultivation. Groups such as THANAL - Kerala, Sahaja Samrudha - Karnataka, CREATE - Tamil Nadu, Living Farms - Odisha SOR - West Bengal are part of this campaign. (checked on 26 Oct. 2015)

  23. NESFAS stands for the North East Slow Food and Agrobiodiversity Society. The organisation attempts to bring together partners from different sectors that can help in the enhancement of agrobiodiversity, leading to food sovereignty. NESFAS believes that traditional ecological knowledge is equally important to modern science and therefore facilitates a mutually respectful dialogue for sustainable progress. (checked on 4 Nov. 2015)

  24. The We Eat Responsibly project supports eco-schools in nine EU countries in exploring ways to make more responsible food choices. Because our choices can shape the world for the better! (checked on 13 Oct. 2017)

  25. Know Your Fish is a voluntary initiative towards an ocean-friendly lifestyle. The a team of researchers who run this website encourage and empower consumers to eat seafood RESPONSIBLY by providing informed fish choices based on compilation of decades of marine research. (checked on 31 Jul. 2019)

  26. Floating Laboratory Of Action and Theory at Sea (administered by the American University of Beirut). They look into the state of contemporary forms of mobility and rootlessness that the space of the sea offers or as a means of fostering a series of "floating conversations" over the many pressing past and present challenges as well as creative opportunities of seas and shorelines. (checked on 18 Apr. 2018) 

  27. WhyHunger is a US non-profit working on building the movement to end hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritious, affordable food and by supporting grassroots solutions that inspire self-reliance and community empowerment. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  28. Centre for Interdisciplinary Studiesis working in the field of agriculture, having already saved over 1200 varieties of indigenous rice. (checked on 28 Jul. 2015)

  29. Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, Telengana, strives to establish ecologically and economically sustainable models of agriculture, help farmers to organize themselves to improve their livelihoods and realize their rights. (checked on 12 Oct. 2015)

  30. NIRMAN believes that “Our soil and our seed are like mother and child who understand and protect each other”. Therefore, the organization gives priority to organic farming system as the best option for replenishment and nourishment of the soil for ensuring food security of the nurturers i.e. the farmers. (checked on 16 Feb. 2016)

  31. Supurbfood - towards sustainable modes of urban and peri-urban food provisioning. This project looks at short food supply chains and multifunctional agriculture from the perspective of urban development. (checked on 4 Jul. 2016)

  32. Foyts Farm - a Food Forest in Valpoi, Goa (by Clea Chandmal a teacher of Permaculture - watch her in the video Importance of Permaculture for Indian Agriculture). (checked on 20 Nov. 2019)

  33. Organic Farming Opportunities in and around Pune: Based on preliminary research on urban farming in Pune, this rough map has been created. [If you are doing farming (terrace / backyard in the city or farm near the city) and are open to having volunteers or even to have students doing internships at your place, and you would like to be listed here, kindly let me know, says Nikhil]. (checked on 31 Jul. 2015)

  34. Gorus organic farming association operating out of Pune district, Maharashtra, promotes sustainable and organic farming practices and fair trade in organic agriculture produce. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  35. Deccan Development Society based in Andhra Pradesh,  works towards making communities self reliant in agriculture and food production. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  36. Organic Farming Association of India works to promote organic farming, lobby with government agencies and departments to pay more attention to sustainable agriculture, and assist farmers using chemicals and pesticides to convert successfully to organic farming methods. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  37. Samaj Pragati Sahayog (SPS) an organisation with its presence across central India works towards building security in water and livelihood. SPS specialises in watershed management programmes. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  38. Women’s collective, an organisation in Tamil Nadu that organises rural women towards natural farming. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  39. For GMO-free Food, Agriculture and Environment - This blog is a compilation of various relevant published /unpublished information (news, articles, reports, documents, papers, opinions, events, seed festivals, talks, presentations, organic food melas, workshops, training programs, lists, videos, books, blogs, pages, sites, resources, people, petitions, letters, memorandums, declarations, initiatives, etc.) that shows different possibilities and avenues for one to have, join and grow for Toxin & GMO-free food, agriculture and environment.

  40. Tarun Bharat Sangh, based in Rajasthan works towards better management ofcommon property resources. One of its main works has been to revive and rejuvenate rivers into perennially flowing ones. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  41. Institute for Responsible Technology is a world leader in educating policy makers and the public about genetically modified (GM) foods and crops. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  42. The Land Institute’s work, led by a team of plant breeders and ecologists in multiple partnerships worldwide, is focused on developing perennial grains, pulses and oilseed bearing plants to be grown in ecologically intensified, diverse crop mixtures known as perennial polycultures.  (checked on 24 Jul. 2018)

  43. Center for Food Safety is a national non-profit public interest and environmental advocacy organization working to protect human health and the environment by curbing the use of harmful food production technologies and by promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  44. Aranya Agricultural Alternatives aims to provide alternative solutions to the present conventional and chemical agricultural practices by following the philosophy of natural agricultural practices with focus on forest farming so as to take up production without causing destruction to planet earth, enabling all life forms to coexist. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  45. LEISA is about Low External Input and Sustainable Agriculture - a system of agriculture which is based on principles and options which are ecologically sound, economically feasible and culturally acceptable. See their Sept. 2015 issue. (checked on 20 Mar. 2018)

  46. Women in Sunderbans, with the help of a non-profit, Development Research Communications and Service Centre have established grain banks. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  47. Arghyam (based in Bengaluru), which grants funds to organisations for implementation and management of groundwater and sanitation projects in India, has set up the India Water Portal (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  48. Natural Farming succeeds in Indian villagePratap C Aggarwal is well-known in organic farming circles in India despite keeping a low profile. His role in bringing Masanobu Fukuoka's "One Straw Revolution" to India is well-known. Pratap worked at the Friends Rural Centre in Rasulia, Madhya Pradesh where he engineered a switch to organic farming. In this article he talks about the reasons he switched over and the results of his work. For general information on organic farming (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  49. A website dedicated to Rainwater Harvesting and Lake Revival launched by Centre for Science & Environment (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  50. Raju Titus's Hindi blog on NATURAL WAY OF FARMING (Rishi Kheti) (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  51. Living Farms works with landless, small and marginal farmers and consumers in Odisha, to improve food and nutrition security, food safety and to uphold food sovereignty. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  52. Introduction to Permaculture. Website also has a blog. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  53. ANTHRA is an organization of women veterinary scientists working (from Hyderabad and Pune) primarily on issues of livestock development in the wider context of sustainable natural resource use. Works mainly with small and marginal farmers - dalits, adivasis, pastoralists, landless groups and especially with women from these marginalized communities. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  54. (Hindi website) Sarjana (Sarjana Samajik, Sanskritik evam Sahityik Manch, Satna) is, under the leadership of Babulal Dahiya, reviving many traditional varieties of paddy, medicinal herbs and other grains, and also involving local tribal communities in this initiative. श्री बाबूलाल दाहिया-जी और उनके अन्य साथी सर्जना सामाजिक,  सांस्कृतिक एवं साहित्यिक मंच (सतना) द्वारा अनेक किस्मों के देसी धान को तथा औषधि वनस्पतियों  को पुनर्जीवित करा रहे  हैं. स्थानिक आदिवासी समुदाय को भी वे इस कार्य में शामिल करा रहे हैं. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  55. The Natural Farming Institute: Our Land our Life is the curriculum framework for an educational programme for children with specific emphasis on farming and farm related activities. Its design provides a hands on approach to learning both academic and farm related topics. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  56. Active Remedy is a UK based not for profit Company founded in 2005,  focussed upon uniting people around the world, to work together to protect the global water cycle, which is presently under threat. Their aim is to raise awareness and understanding of the water cycle and get action taken worldwide. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  57. Millet Network of India - MINI is an alliance of over 120 members representing over 50 farmer organizations, scientists, nutritionists, civil society groups, media persons and women from over 15 rain fed states of India.  They MINI see millets not just as crops but as a concept and above all their ability to help millet farmers make their agriculture autonomous. The website has info. on millet-related events, publications and a bimonthly newsletter. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  58. Activities & Expertise of the Institute of Natural Organic Agriculture - INORA - are focussed on effective & sustainable techniques and practices compatible to Solid Waste Management & Organic Farming Systems. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  59. Good Food for All strives to revive our relationship with our food, food producing habitats and communities to reclaim food sovereignty. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  60. Natural Farmer Bhaskar Save’s way of farming and teachings are rooted in his deep understanding of the symbiotic relationships in nature, which he is ever happy to explain in a simple, down-to-earth idiom to anyone interested. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  61. Books, Reports, Fact Sheets and documentary films relating to Food are available on this page of Food Mythbusters (US context). (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  62. CityZen Farming Cooperative provides residents of Bengaluru chemical-free, naturally produced vegetables and fruits on their door-step. (checked on 27 Jan. 2016)

  63. Agroecology Knowledge Hub - some examples from FAO of how farmers are acting as the custodians of complex and innovative techniques that, through agroecology, combine local knowledge, traditional products and innovation. (checked on 8 Feb. 2017)

  64. Maps by ECA Watch - These show popular alternative proposals of envisioning infrastructure worldwide.  (checked on 2 Mar. 2016)



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