India

CROPS4HD in India

India is part of the project because it has a progressive seed legislation which allows the coexistence of Formal Seed Systems and Peasant Seed Systems.

Context

India was chosen as a role model for its progressive seed legislation which allows the coexistence of Formal Seed Systems and Peasant Seed Systems, an example of good practice that the project will promote to address the conflicting interests between breeders’ and farmers’ rights as stated in ITPGRFA and UNDROP. India is therefore an important voice for influencing policy during negotiations of relevant global frameworks.

India supply-related activities are in the states Karnataka, Odisha and West-Bengal with different pedo-climatic and socio-economic contexts. The India map indicates the different locations for market and production. Policy activities in India will target mainly state level governments and their procurement policies, due to the current situation and highly sensitive agricultural policy environment.

Key Outcomes

  1. Share of consumers having increased diversity in consumption/frequency of NUS in weakly diet at household level is increased by 20%.
  2. Barriers to access markets for NUS are lowered in four out of six food systems and NUS volume in markets increased.
  3. Share of peasants with access to NUS seeds is increased by 30%.

  1. 20 crops (NUS crops, non‐NUS crops and NUS varieties) are newly cultivated at farm level.
  2. Volume of NUS leaving farm gate is increased by 10%.
  3. Incomes of 3’000 peasants are increased.
  4. Food security of 5’000 peasants is improved.
  5. Climate resilience of 5’000 peasants is improved.

  1. Effectiveness of sub‐national policies and legal frameworks in A+FS for small holder farmers is increased.

Recent News

Participatory Varietal Selection in India: research and process in the state of Karnataka

Promoting change through participatory activities is one of the key goals of CROPS4HD. For this, we conduct a concrete approach for the PUSH implementing aspect of the project: the Participatory Varietal Selection (PVS). In India, the first training supervised by expert from FiBL, and jointly organized by FiBL, SWISSAID and Sahaja Samrudha, took place in Mysore, Karnataka on amaranth crop in June 2022.

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Strengthen the awareness, availability and practices of NUS in West Bengal, India

During the month of May 2022, several activities to promote NUS took place in India among the farmers as well as the general public. Experimental trials were launched, and various events took place that allowed to raise awareness among the indigenous NUS crops as well as events like the Participatory Market Chain Approach (PMCA) which support the connections among participants involved in the process of NUS development.

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Kickoff visit in India

Partner’s orientation and planning workshop for the CROPS4HD project was held in the first week of August this year. This meeting brought all the project coordination and implementation together to build a shared understanding of the roles, functions, and responsibilities for the inception and main phase.

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