AGRICULTURE AS A MOTOR OF PRO-POOR GROWTH
BELGIAN TECHNICAL COOPERATION [BTC]
IN COLLOBORATION WITH
MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, FOREIGN TRADE AND DEVELOMENT COOPERATION
On 16-17 December 2009 at Brussels, Belgium
ROLE OF FARMER ORGANIZATIONS IN PRO-POOR POLICY PROCESSESS
P. CHENGAL REDDY,
Consortium of Indian Farmers Association (CIFA)
8/32, South Patel Nagar, New Delhi – 110 008, India
Tel: +91-11-2584 2111, +91-11-2450 5048; Fax: +91-11-2584 2123
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: www.indianfarmers.org
( More details in Annexure – I)
1.1) Land 172 MH - Farmers - 540 million people (110 Families )
1.2) Production Rice -Wheat - 179 MT – Fruits – Vegetables 189 MT – Milk
100 MT Cotton 30 M Bales
1.1) Cheap Labour - 365 days sun shine – Diverse Agro Regions – crops –
animal Husbandry – fisheries
1.2) Low Investment – Competitive Agriculture.
1.3) Native Crops – Mango – Natural Fiber – Medicinal - Organic
Indian Agriculture -Statistics –Advantages –Disadvantages – Opportunities
*( Key Issue:
Removing Controls &Trade Barriers – Free Market)
3.1) Government Controls - Centralized Agriculture Planning –
Restrictions –Trade - Prices -Procurement - Processing – Storage -
3.2) Indian agriculture is stagnated – 400 million malnutrition –
children – women – 30,000 Farmers Commit suicides - Rural
Unemployment and Social Unrest.
3.3) Manipulated policies – suppressed prices – institutional failures
4.1) Scope for increasing production - land - Water
4.2) Scope for investment in agriculture - Financial -
Technologies – Markets – Consumers
4.3) Scope for Diversification - Bio Diesel - Natural Fibers -
Aqua – Meat –
4.4) Realization on importance of agriculture and welfare of
*(Key Issue : Empowerment of Small Farmers)
Needs for small farm sustainability in developing
Agriculture Centric – Farmers based economic – Policies and
Empowerment and involvement of small farmers in
agriculture planning, implementation and management.
Access to Information – Science – Technologies – Markets –
Policies – Consumer choice – global trends – Quality
parameters for improving productivity , quality and
achieving global competitiveness.
Removal of controls – Licenses – Restrictions – Monopolies
for Free Markets.
Increased Investments by Governments – private –
international – to provide economic equity to small
farmers and achieve food security.
Institutionalization & Legalization of farmer
Organizations for studies , analysis lobbying and
International) for Marketing –technology access
and utilize global opportunities.
Join International farmers organizations for
*(Key Issue : Networking through CIGS)
FO = Farmers Organizations CIGs = Commodity (Producers)
Need for establishing a professional (apolitical) small
farmers organizations (FOs):
4.1 In developing nations Pro-farmer policies will be opposed
by the organized sectors
Farmers empowerment will not be allowed by the
political / vested interest.
Politicians and administrators will oppose de-centralized
FOs , CIGs can efficiently plan and manage resources to
improve productivity, quality and establish own
processing and marketing arrangements.
FOs / CIGs networked at different levels will have
capacity to evolve favourable policies, make institutions
accountable, curtain exploitation and lobby.
FO / CIGs will enable them establish partnership with
Industry / Research / Govts.
NGOs working in developing nations cannot network
small farmers –
NGOs are non-democratic – personalized agenda – limited
CIFA ACTIVITIE IN INDIA – SUPPORTED BY AGRITERRA
*(Key Issues : Small Farmers Partnering with Markets)
CIFA –Networking Small Farmers:
a. Working as a National Level Farmers Umbrella Organization . (for Non
b. Strengthening and activities for Commodity (Producer) Interest Groups
c. Prepared Status Papers - Productivity - Policies – Technologies – Markets
d. Sensitizing on technologies IT- BT – Organic – Mechanization – Water
CIFA –Programs / Lobby Activities (details : www.indianfarmers.org)
a. Lobbying with policy makers through Parliament Members Farmers
b. Organized 6 National Farmers Conventions
c. Working with Government of India – Union Budget allocations -
d. 2010 yearly program for FOs & CIGs.
e. Awareness - Seminars- Studies – Documentaries – Magazine – Website.
CIFA - Partnership Programs
a. Working with Industry - CII - Processing – Retail – Exporters.
b. Working with Commodity Trading – MCX / NCDX
c. Working with Research institutions - National and International
d. Working with Governments – BARC – Remote Sensing - ATMA.
e. Working with Media for creating awareness.
f. Working on cultural and social issues.
CIFA – International programs:
a. Working in partnership with Agriterra.
b. Participating in World Bank, USAID discussions.