Doomed by definition

by B.Syama Sundari

The recent proposal for the change of definition of handlooms offers different things to these different sectors. The powerloom industry, for instance, can now claim the status of handloom, as including one manual process in production is not a difficult proposition. With this small revision, the benefits and budgets allocated for handlooms can be accessed legitimately by the powerloom sector. It might as well be a quiet end for the handloom sector as far as state support is concerned. It is being done in a subtle manner and has been justified by the Textile Ministry...

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Agribusiness and society

Examines how far agribusiness corporations are responding to the oppurtunities and pressures resulting from emergingenvironmental awareness. How are they changing their R & D and business practices to develop new environmentally oriented products, services and methods of production? And what can they chnage of their own volition, and where is external direction a necessary condition of environmentally friendly innovation?

by Kees Jansen, Sietze Vellema Zed Books

Just published!

"Power, Knowledge, Medicine: Ayurvedic Pharmaceuticals at Home and in the World"


by Madhulika Bannerjee

Orient Blackswan, Hyderabad

Publications of some of our partners and members include:

Laurie Baker
The Gandhi of Architecture

March 2, 1917 - April 1, 2007


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City Farming
Duration 16'47" - Produced by CED

CED’s film “City Farming” is a documentary on organic agriculture in Indian cities.

The film features: Dr. Ramesh T. Doshi, the first Indian city farmer who has developped a huge garden on his Jamunotri terrace in Bandra, Mumbai; Vivek Chitle, Snehlata Shrikhande, and Jyoti Shah who are all engaged in agriculture farming in the city of Pune.

They highlight the advantages of city farming in improving living conditions:

- Benefits for health are tremendous as fruits and vegetables are produced without any chemical inputs such as pesticides or fertilizers.

- In addition of recreating an essential link between city dwellers and nature, terrace farming beautifies cities which are otherwise dominated by grey buildings and pavements.

- Last but not least city farming helps tackle global warming by reducing GHG emissions generated by the use of fossile fuels when food is transported from distant areas by trucks, trains or even planes.

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Build Simply
Duration 37 minutes - Produced by CED

A film on the approach to ‘built environment’ adopted by Timbaktu

The film explores Timbaktu’s experiment, which sat a meeting point between forests, agriculture and the built environment. It narrates how a small group of development activists, committed to developmental and ecological regeneration, found ways to heal and regenerate a piece of dry, degraded land, and create an agro forest habitat. Protecting the land, revitalising natural resources and traditional genetic base were the key elements involved.

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