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Shaan Bhargava

We will be speaking about scaling up permaculture to address food security, reforestation, and poverty alleviation. My father’s foundation has made a large commitment to bring statewide programs to alleviate poverty in Uttarakhand. We have decided to start with a pilot project this year in a few villages, and we intend to scale up significantly and evaluate the impacts it has on the quality of life in villages.

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Narsanna Koppula

Traditionally, Indian agriculture has had an innate sense of responsibility towards society. Ethics in farming were passed on across generations in the form of various customs and cultural practices. Prior to the colonial era, most Indian villages were significantly self-sufficient and self-reliant communes.

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Ardhendu S Chatterjee

Nutritional security of small and marginal households can be ensured much better through a combination of local crops, trees and animals, when a garden/farm is designed properly; keeping in mind local soil and climate, as well as lean period and stress factors.

When planning, execution and experimentation, and evaluation are done using participatory tools and processes. When we plan on a watershed basis, the chances of success become much better.

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