A four-day workshop on the local food systems of Puducherry, food sovereignty and the agro-ecology transition, hosted by the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP) in association with the Department of Agriculture was held from January 22-25, 2020. The objective of the event was to organise a collaborative network that integrates sustainable food production, processing, distribution, consumption in order to enhance the environmental, economic, and social health of Pondicherry.
Mr. R. Kamalakannan, Agriculture Minister for Puducherry, inaugurated the workshop and said farmers engaged in organic forms of cultivation were at the forefront of a bottom-up transition to healthy foods. As part of the workshop field visits to organic farms were conducted followed by an organic food exhibition.
Snapshots from the workshop "Local food system of Pondicherry: A discussion on food sovereignty and agro-ecology transition" on organised by the French Institute of Pondicherry in collaboration with the Agricultural Department of Pondicherry from January 22-25, 2020
The organic food exhibition was inaugurated by the Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) V Vaithilingam on January 25,2020 on the open space adjacent to the institute. The purpose of the food exhibition highlighting organic food is to generate awareness in changing practices.
Thanks to the energy and enthusiasm generated by the 2020 edition, several follow up actions involving the cross section of academia, farmers and consumers (broadly) are planned during 2020 to help further develop this theme in the next edition in 2021: considering the diversity of players this includes, research and outreach and to facilitate this a broad umbrella network சார்பு (SaArPu) has been established to coordinate the ensuing intersection and interactions between society , science and the living world (earth).
(சார்பு means dependence/ interdependence) and here it is taken to indicate the same between Society, Science , Earth.
Contact: Hélène Guétat-Bernard - helene [dot] guetat [at] ifpindia [dot] org; Venkata Subramanian - venkat [at] ifpindia [dot] org
World Wetlands Day - Photography Contest 2020
As part of the fifth Pondicherry Heritage Festival 2020 and World Wetlands Day 2020, a free photographic competition has been organized by the French Institute of Pondicherry, open to all, on the theme of Wetlands and Climate Change in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Union Territory. It aims to raise public awareness of the rich cultural and natural heritage values of regional wetlands. The Inaugural Function and award ceremony of the WETLAND PHOTO CONTEST 2020 was held on February 2, 2020 at 11:00 A.M at the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP), 11, Saint Louis Street.
Shri. M. KANDASAMY, Hon'ble Minister for Science, Technology and Environment, Government of Puducherry inaugurated the function and handovered the prizes for the winners of the Photo contest.
Wetland Photographic competition organized by IFP to celebrate our natural heritage and World Wetlands Day 2020
Seminar on Gender analysis of Development Studies: A French-Indian dialogue from social sciences and humanities
This seminar entitled “Gendered Analysis of Development Studies” was organized by the French Institute of Pondicherry, social sciences department and Pondicherry University, Department of Women studies and Department of French. The aim of the seminar was to deliberate on women, gender and their matters related to the Indian development model and its effects on particular issues of rural and urban dynamics/private and public spaces, agriculture/food/biodiversity/relationship to nature and common goods, inequality/poverty/labour relations/migration/diaspora, political participation/empowerment, etc. through a multi- and interdisciplinary approach.
The session 2 of the seminar titled Gender and labour: a comparison from agriculture and fishing context was held on February 11, 2020 focussing on “Migration for capital accumulation: Changing class and gender dynamics among small-scale fishers on the Coromandel coast, Tamil Nadu”.
In the face of growing competition for limited open access resources, and consequently, a rapid capitalization of fisheries, this paper explores the processes of negotiation and renegotiation of both gender and class identities, and their intersections, within fisher communities and its impacts on gendered vulnerabilities and well-being. Based on data collected from a survey of 200 households and in-depth interviews with about 20 households in Cuddalore District in Tamil Nadu, India, it points to visible differentiation, with those who are able to invest reaping benefits and others being reduced to a labouring class. A number of young men from fishing communities migrate to raise capital for investment in boats and related technologies in order to retain their status as fishers rather than labourers.
Contacts: Social Sciences Department, IFP. Hélène Guétat-Bernard - helene [dot] guetat [dot] ifpindia [dot] org, Venkat Subramanian - venkat [at] ifpindia [dot] org and M. Kannan - kannan [dot] m [at] ifpindia [dot] org; Aruna Chinnappan, Department of Women studies - aruna [dot] chinnappan [dot] gmail [dot] com; Ritu Tyagi, Department of French, Pondicherry University - ritutyagi123 [dot] gmail [dot] com
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