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Showing posts from October, 2008

14th October 2008: Impact of Organic Farming

Samanvaya is looking at the technical and social impact of organic farming among rural communities in northern Tamilnadu. Season wise data spread over a three year period during which an entire village of chemical farmers moved to organic farming is being analysed. A personal interaction with the village to tap their experience and insights will be part of this interesting assignment that Samanvaya will be undertaking on behalf of a Chennai based traditional farming methods promoting group. The publication that will result from this short project will benefit those farmers who are still not convinced about the benefits of organic farming and ensure that they understand the process of conversion from an entire village.

Busy beginning for October, 2008

The first week was rather busy. We had the launch of Community Access on the 2nd october 2008 afternoon at the Adayar Poonga. Business Line carried a nice news article on the launch of the forum in Chennai though the title was rather mis-leading. On the 2nd October morning, Ram was interviewed in one of the city FM radio's on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanthi. 3rd October morning saw Samanvaya making a thematic main speech on the idea of Social Entrepreneurship at the Stella Maris College in the City. This programme had been organized by the Department of Public Relations of the college with whom Samanvaya has colloborated in quite a few programmes in the last few years. Ram made the thematic presentation and set the tone for the day's proceedings in which over 20 prominent NGOs from the city participated. This programme was organized by the SAARC countries Women Entrepreneurship Council whose current Chairperson, Ms. Indira Dutt is also an aluminus of Stella Maris College.