BACK TO MAIN  |  ONLINE BOOKSTORE  |  HOW TO ORDER

Living on the Edge

Women, Agrobiodiversity and Livelihood

By Vanaja Ramprasad

Publisher: Green Foundation and Third World Network
ISBN: 978-967-0747-08-8
Year: 2015   No. of  pages: 120
14.5 cm  x 21.5 cm

About the Book

The predominance of commercially marketed crop varieties and the supporting policy and legal frameworks in modern industrial agriculture are displacing indigenous varieties cultivated over the ages and which have been the mainstay of local farming systems the world over. This loss of agricultural biodiversity puts at risk both food security and the livelihoods of farmers who now find themselves tied to a corporate-controlled supply chain.

To counter this threat to sustainable food production, there is a need to turn to the enduring custodians of agricultural biodiversity – small farmers, in particular women farmers, who are the repositories of traditional knowledge of seed conservation and the providers of food for their households and communities. Drawing on the author’s over 20 years of work with Indian women farmers in on-farm conservation, Living on the Edge makes it clear that efforts to safeguard agricultural biodiversity must go hand in hand with the protection and promotion of farmers’ rights everywhere.

Contents

Foreword                                                                                                                                     

Preface

The Beginning

The Green Revolution and After: The Advent of Neoliberalism and Globalization

Safe Food: Myth or Reality?

Farmers’ Rights: A Top-Down or Bottom-Up Approach?

Farmers’ Movement: Seeking to Fight Back

On-Farm Conservation: The Key to Preserving Agricultural Biodiversity

Seed Production by the Formal Sector: A Telling Story of Today’s Reality

The Experience of GREEN Foundation: A Bird’s-Eye View

Portraits of Courage, Faces of Strength

Way Forward and Conclusions

References

Annex 1 – 4

Acknowledgements

           

                                             PRICE           POSTAGE

Malaysia                               RM25.00         RM2.00

Developing Countries          US$8.00          US$4.00 (air)

Others                                  US$12.00        US$6.00 (air)

(For orders of more than 3 copies, please write in for reduced postal rate)

How to Order the Book

Visit our TWN Online Bookshop or contact Third World Network at 131 Jalan Macalister, 10400 Penang, Malaysia.

Tel: 604-2266159

Fax: 604-2264505

Email for further information.


BACK TO MAIN  |  ONLINE BOOKSTORE  |  HOW TO ORDER