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.
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
Annex 1 – 4
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