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Farhad Mazhar
Monday 01 June 15


‘Right to food is Human Right’, With this slogan South Asia Right to Food Conference 2015 took place from 30 May to 1 June.

Unless you are aware of the global food politics manipulated by transnational companies like Monsanto, Syngenta, and others, who are desperate in monopolizing the food chain, and determined to pollute our biological environment with transgenic crops, such as Btbrinjal, you will remain confused by the deceptively appealing slogans like ‘right to food’. Indeed people have right to food, but the question is who is going produce the food for the people to realize this ‘right’? Farming communalities? No. No. That is not the idea. Farmer’s are backward and do not understand science and technology. Therefore right to food could only be achieved by agricultural policies and technological interventions in favor of transnational corporations that could effectively eliminate the farmer and the agrarian civilisation. Agriculture must be transformed into industrial food production as the West has already accomplished.

Well, what will happen to rural population whose livelihodd is agriculture and innovation of seed varieties?  They are the steward vof biodiversity as well. They will be turned into ‘surplus’ population. Where these rural population, who are made ‘surplus’ by the brutal agrarian and technological policies, will go? They are, by the very process of social and technological engineering, are disposable, isn’t it? They now can survive only by selling themselves in the modern slave market. Slavery is long ago gone, but the new economic global order reproduce the tradition within the garb of development and colorful story of growth. These modern slaves, having no way to earn a livelihood in their villages must rush to the cities to sell them to the neo-liberal world market. Their price is very cheap price and they  end up in Middle East, Malaysia, Delhi or other big cities to do jobs other refus to do.

Some will float in the Bay of Bengal and many will be trafficked out of Bangladesh only to be buried in jungles of Thailand and Malaysia. Those who will remain and will make trouble in Bangladesh will be killed as Islamic terrorists in line with the war on terror. Yes, they are disposable, they are the surplus, and they are indeed over-populated .

So do not judge humdrum of ‘food security’ without understanding the broader global picture, Or at least the ground reality of your own country such as Bangladesh. When you see big conference on ‘food security’ that has recently allowed a GMO, the genetically manipulated eggplant (Brbrinjal) for cultivation in Bangladesh knowing fully well that India and Philippines refused to do so till today, you have to think twice. If you are unable to deconstruct the full meaning of such intervention, reading glossy brochures of the conference will further blur your brain. You looked around and failed to see any farmer’s organization in such food security conference. How do you explain such absence? You can be sure that it is the conference to ensure food security by transnational companies and philanthropic-capitalist complex who work closely with the lords of biological destruction. Needless to mention, people and organization who have attend such conference are not necessarily carry the food security agenda of the transnational companies. That might be a tactical issue, and related to the organization’s strategy to deal with the reality within which they have to operate.

Despite our deep concerns and criticism, we welcome such conference. If we sound cynical it’s because It’s hard to create a space where people can participate and discuss farming, agricultural policy, science and technology critically, i.e., remaining free from the manipulation  and propaganda of transnational corporations and their insatiable desire to monopolize seed and food market.

 

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স্থানীয় জাতের বেগুন রক্ষা করুন

প্রতিবাদ ও দুনিয়ার সেরা বিজ্ঞানীদের সাবধান বাণী উপেক্ষা করে ক্ষতিকর বিটিবেগুন বা বিকৃত বেগুনের জাত বাংলাদেশে প্রবর্তন ও বাজারজাতের অপপ্রয়াস চলছে। বেগুন গাছে মাটীর ব্যাক্টেরিয়ার জিন ঢুকিয়ে পুরা বেগুন গাছকেই বিষাক্ত করা হয়। সেই গাছ ফল আর ডগা ছিদ্রকারী পোকা খেলে মরে যায়, কিন্তু বিষাক্ত বেগুন মানুষ খেলে ক্ষতি হয় না, এই হচ্ছে বৈজ্ঞানিক দাবি।

কী দরকার? কারন সারা দুনিয়ায় বেগুনের বিলিয়ন ডলার ব্যবসা। মার্কিন বহুজাতিক কম্পানি মনসান্টো ও ভারতীয় কোম্পানি মাহিকো তা তাদের একচেটিয়া নিয়ন্ত্রণে নিতে চায়। এর কারিগরি দিকের মালিকানাও তাদের।  বাংলাদেশের বেগুনের ওপর এই কারিগরি খাটীয়ে তার ওপর বুদ্ধিবৃত্তিক মালিকানা দাবি করছে তারা। অন্য দিনে বাংলাদেশের স্থানীয় বেগুন ধ্বংস করে শুধু কম্পানির বেগুন  আমাদের খাওয়াতে চায়। জীবন ও স্বাস্থ্যের ওপর যার সম্ভাব্য ঝুঁকি মারাত্মক হতে পারে।

বাংলাদেশের প্রাণবৈচিত্রের ওপর বহুজাতিক কম্পানির দখলদারির এই কৌশল প্রতিহত করতে হলে নিজেদের বেগুনের জাত চেনা ও রক্ষা করা জরুরী। এটা আমাদের সকলের সচেতনতা ছাড়া সম্ভব নয়। অতএব নিজেদের বেগুনের জাত সম্পর্কে জানুন, এবং নয়াকৃষি আন্দোলনের কৃষকদের সহায়তা করুন। এর বিরুদ্ধে লড়তে হলে নিজেদের জাত রক্ষা করার বিকল্প নাই।

প্রাণবৈচিত্রের উৎসভূমি (origin of diversity) হিসাবে বাংলাদেশ বেগুনের বৈচিত্র্যের দিক থেকে দুনিয়ার যে কোন দেশের চেয়ে সেরা। বেগুনের আন্তর্জাতিক বাজার বিশাল, কারণ সব্জির মধ্যে বেগুন সুস্বাদু এবং এর মধ্যে তেল (fat) নাই বললেই চলে। তার মানে বাংলাদেশের অর্থনৈতিক সমৃদ্ধি নিশ্চিত করবার জন্যও আমাদের দেশি জাতের বেগুন রক্ষা করতে হবে।

নয়াকৃষি আন্দোলন যে সব বেগুন নিয়মিত চাষ করে তার কিছু ছবি এখানে দেওয়া হোল।


Protest Against Btbrinjal Continues

SUPPORT PEOPLE"S PROTEST AGAINST BtBRINJAL

Pictures of rallies and protests against Btbrinjal. Farmers, scientists, environmentalists, ecologists, lawyers, teachers and consumers have been protesting agaginst Btbrinjal since
Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI) was trying to get approval from the government for cultivation and commercial release based on inadequate, incomplete and unethical research practice. GMO promoters Undermined strict adherece of  'preacuationeruy principle' during field trial necessery to protect environment and all life forms including human beings from potential environmental and health effects of the genetically modified crops.


UBINIG Centre (BIDDAGHORS)

Nayakrishi centers in the districts of Tangail, Pabna, Cox’s Bazar, Kushtia.


 Introducing Dai Mas (Traditional Birth Attendants)

Introducing key leaders of the rural health movement in Bangladesh.

Dai Ma (Traditional Birth Attendants) plays a major role in rural health systems particularly in maternal & child health and in the use and conservation of medicinal plants. UBINIG is working with them for a long time to develop a link with their practice with agro-ecological approach to health, medicine and nutrition led by Nayakrishi farming communities who practice biodiversity based ecological agriculture. Dai Mas are now organised into a network engaged in innovative knowledge practices and institutional experiments. This will enable them to contribute more effectively to national health system. They have strong grass root connections and effective social network. They are self-motivated and monitor the health of mother and child on their own as a responsible member of the community. Sense of responsibility come from their being woman and the natural instinct to help other women in child birth and child rearing. A command on indigenous knowledge and profound understanding of reproductive and child health make them unique in their role in the community. UBINIG is working with theme to find innovative and effective ways to link them with national health system.


Daighors (দাইঘর)

Translating Dai Mas as 'Traditioal Birth Attendants' misses the profound cultural, social and knowledge based practices of women in rural areas of Bangladesh. First, Dai Ma’s symbolises a social relationship. Her responsibility does not star during childbirth, rather when a woman comes as a bride in her village or locality. She is the main source of reproductive knowledge for women in reproductive age. In most cases, the Dai Ma is connected to the families of her in laws by helping in the birth of her husband. Dais are always married and have children, this is her acceptability as 'Dai' (birth attendant) in the village. She is the living medical and health record of the women in the village and without her a community health care system is almost impossible on which the national health care system has to rely on.


Glimpses from Nayakrishi Villages

Biodiversity-based ecological agriculture is note merely 'ORGANIC', but a unique practice without pesticide, chemicals and ground water extraction to achieve the highest systemic yield from per acre of farm land. Households are small ecological production units constituting a complex design encompassing the whole village. You can purchase the farmer's produce from Shashyshaprabartana.


Samples of  UBINIG Posters

Posters express concerns and ideas. They are interesting materilas to read and listen as well participate in the issues one is committed. UBINIG regularly prints and shares posters as a way  to build up networks and communications.  Web through some examples posted here.


UBINIG PUBLICATIONS (ENGLISH)

UBINIG publications. To order please contact UBINIG (Policy Research for Development Alternative) 88 0178 001 1194 or`

Narigrantha Prabartana

6/8 Sir Syed Road, Mohammedpur, Dhaka -1207.

Phone:  880-2-9140812 . email: narigrantha@gmail.com


আমাদের বাংলা প্রকাশনা

উবিনীগ (উন্নয়ন বিকল্পের নীতি নির্ধারণী গবেষণা)  থেকে প্রকাশিত গুরুত্বপূর্ণ বাংলা বইয়ের তালিকা। আরও জানার জন্য উবিনীগ অফিসে যোগাযোগ করুন (মোবাইল: ০১৭৮০০১১১৯৪)। বই সরবরাহ ও যোগাযোগের জন্য:

নারীগ্রন্থ প্রবর্তনা  ৬/৮ স্যার সৈয়দ রোড, মোহাম্মদপুর, ঢাকা-১২০৭, বাংলাদেশ।
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Nayakrishi Seed Wealth Center and Seed Huts

Nayakrishi Seed Wealth Center and Seed Huts



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