Regaling us with her wisdom on Agroforestry for the Future

In conversation with Food Sovereignty Leader, Dr. Vandana Shiva

 

“Seed is not just the source of life. It is the very foundation of our being”

Harnessing the potential of agroforestry for a resilient future offers a realistic scenario towards the future of farming, organic agriculture, improving production sustainability and fostering great environmental sustainability. Dr. Vandana Shiva, a food sovereignty advocate has been sowing seeds of sustainable food movement in the country and regaled us with her wisdom at the Eastern Himalayan Botanic Ark.

In a one day interactive discussion and Naturenomics™ Porgramme- “the future of agroforesty” with 25 participants from 10 local NGOs from Assam, members from the Department of Agriculture (Balipara Circle), 4 interns from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Guwahati) and the village Hheadman of Baligaon Mising Village, Dr. Vandana Shiva guided us on the importance of conserving local seeds and the practice of sustainable organic agriculture in a world where processed foods, chemical fertilizers and/or pesticides, fossil fuels and plastics are not only reducing the human lifespan but also affecting the earth’s resilience in the face of climate change.

The discussions around the practice of agroforestry are helping conservationists and farmers to understand the dynamic economic and ecological structure of this sustainable approach which is allowing the farmers to adapt to or mitigate the effects of climate change. Dr. Shiva also spoke about the role of women in protection of biological and cultural diversity, and emphasized on the revival of indigenous knowledge and culture.

The session was followed by an opportunity to ask Dr Shiva questions and benefit from her wisdom. Dr. Shiva encouraged all participants to collaborate and work together for building a better tomorrow.  Dr. Shiva is an epitome of fostering a sustainable model towards India’s agriculture and has been working to build an organic agricultural movement across India for the past 22 years. Our engagement with us has been fulfilling and contributes towards building Rural Futures in the Eastern Himalayas.

The day ended with exploring the nature trail at the Eastern Himalayan Botanic Ark embracing the goodness of Earth and the bounty of nature. Dr. Shiva could soak in the biodiversity of the Eastern Himalayas and relished ethnic lunch prepared by local chefs on Balipara County.

(Photo credits: Darshana Borah, Sangita Deka and Joseph Derry)

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