La Via Campesina South Asia: Amritha Bhoomi (LVC Agroecology School)

Amrita Bhoomi (meaning Eternal Earth) is a Centre for Sustainable Development and School of Agroecology founded by the Indian peasant movement KRRS in Karnataka in South India. It consists of several components that reflect our commitment to a more prosperous, equitable and ecological future. These components revolve around the training and promotion of agro-ecology and natural agriculture, renewable energy, green building, and economic diversification based on small cottage industries, as well as education, combating child labor, inequality and discrimination, and the creation of cooperatives and direct links between producers and consumers. All of these components are oriented towards greater self-reliance and capacity for collective action of the peasant communities. Local communities want to be provided with educational tools through this project so they can rebuild their independence and dignity. Within Amrita Bhoomi we work towards the eradication of poverty through the collective construction of ecological and equitable local economies that protect them from the ravages of the market global.

Source: La Via Campesina South Asia: Amritha Bhoomi (LVC Agroecology School)

Published on March 3rd, 2016

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Seed carnival to be held at Amrita Bhoomi today – KARNATAKA – The Hindu

Mysore: Amrita Bhoomi, an international centre for sustainable development, will be organising a seed carnival on the occasion of World Farmer Martyrs’ Day on Monday in Chamarajanagar district.Speaking to presspersons here on Sunday, executive trustee of Amrita Bhoomi, Chukki Nanjundaswamy, said the carnival was being organised on Martyr’s Day at Jyothigowdanapura in Chamarajanagar district. Farmers’ leaders from India and abroad, including Daniel Camenduli of Italy, would participate in the carnival, she said.World Farmer Martyrs’ Day is observed on April 17 as a mark of respect to the farmers of Brazil who were massacred during a struggle for their livelihood. Ms. Nanjundaswamy said the carnival was being organised to declare a war against genetic engineering and genetically modified food.

Source: Seed carnival to be held at Amrita Bhoomi today – KARNATAKA – The Hindu

Published on April 17th 2006

La Via Campesina South Asia: Interview of Chukki Nanjundawamy, farmers’ leader from Karnataka, by Sabina Yasmin LVC Youth Exchange activist from Bangladesh.

“You get courage only if you are honest with yourself. If you are saying something, and doing something else you won’t have any courage. If you are doing what you are saying, you are not afraid of anything.I’m not afraid of anything. Whoever will come, I will take it on. Because I believe in truth. I think my life is based on truth. I don’t believe in God, religion – nothing. But my path is clear. I know it is a difficult path, no? lots of obstacles will come. Always people are pulling you back. But you just see your goal, which is a common goal.Not your personal goal, a common goal. It’s not about your career.To reach that goal you need a lot of capacity. You have to go on evaluating yourself. Why did I make this mistake? Why did this happen like this? Maybe we should have done it in another way. It’s very important not to make the same mistakes. Learn from mistakes, this is how you grow.Nobody’s born with all the capacities. You learn a lot in life. Life teaches you.” Chukki Nanjundaswamy

Source: La Via Campesina South Asia: Interview of Chukki Nanjundawamy, farmers’ leader from Karnataka, by Sabina Yasmin LVC Youth Exchange activist from Bangladesh.

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