India Needs Healthy Agriculture, Environment and Wealthy Farmers

For farmers, 2021 was a historic year. The farmers not only set an example for how to lead a democratic protest, against all odds, but were also successful in forcing the government to repeal the three farm laws at the heart of the protests.

The year 2022 will reveal the impact of the repeal of these three farm laws on the livelihoods of farmers. Moreover, it is yet to be seen how the issue of Minimum Support Price (MSP) is going to unfold, in light of Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar’s flip-flop on the repeal of the laws.

The farmers’ protest raises another big question today: were farmers deliberately ignored in the budget because they did not support the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), despite the repeal of the laws?

India in 2022 can no longer ignore the contribution and importance of agriculture in strengthening the economy and ensuring the well being of the country at large. But innovative

— source | Devinder Sharma | 20/Feb/2022

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Gaza farmers struggle for livelihoods

On 23 December, Raed Qaadan went to harvest his strawberry crops.

The 47-year-old’s land is in the town of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip and adjacent to the barrier separating Gaza and Israel.

At some point, he and his oldest son, Sameeh, 22, noticed Israeli soldiers in three bulldozers heading toward their lands. They didn’t imagine they would destroy their agricultural land.

“We were shocked when they approached and started bulldozing the lands. We tried to stop them by holding up white flags, but they didn’t,” Qaadan told The Electronic Intifada.

They also, he said, took their time, digging, leveling and flattening.

— source | Yasmin Abusayma | 4 Feb 2022

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Visible Work, Invisible Women

The panel is part of Visible Work, Invisible Women, a photo exhibition depicting the great range of work done by rural women. All the photographs were shot by P. Sainath across 10 Indian states between 1993 and 2002. Here, PARI has creatively digitised the original physical exhibition that toured most of the country for several years.

A lifetime bending

She paused, exasperated by the midday sun in Vizianagaram. But remained bent over. She knew she would resume work in moments – in that very posture.

Working in the same cashew fields were two other groups of women from her village. One group had carried its lunch and water two kilometres to the field. The other worked from the reverse direction. All were bent over.

In Rayagada in Odisha, there were also men in the field. Through the lens, it was more spectacular. All the men were standing. All the women, bending. In Nuapada in Odisha, the rain did not stop the woman from weeding. She worked on, bent from the waist. Under an umbrella.

— source | P. Sainath | Jul 22, 2014

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