8 March: Andhra Pradesh Natural Farming comes to Kentish Town!

A Global Women’s Strike event for International Women’s Day 2023

Andhra Pradesh Natural Farming comes to Kentish Town! Wednesday 8 March, 5-7pm

Kentish Town Library, 262-266 Kentish Town Road,
London NW5 2AA     ALL WELCOME  

SOLVEIG FRANCIS, based at Crossroads Women’s Centre, will report on her recent visit to the growing women-led farmers’ movement in Andhra Pradesh state, in India.

She and her colleagues met women organised in 140,000 Self-Help Groups across 3,000 villages who are spearheading an agricultural, economic and social transformation through Community Managed Natural Farming (agroecology based on no/low tilling, crop diversity and ground cover all year round). They aim for all six million farmers and two million landless farmworkers in the State of Andhra Pradesh to be regenerating the soil by 2031, rejecting all chemical fertilisers and pesticides and using local seeds. This transformation benefits the land, the wildlife, the nutrition of the food, the health of the family, the women’s income, while lightening their workload. And it helps reverse climate change.

 As news spreads, other states in India and other countries are working with Andhra Pradesh to adopt natural farming. As agroecology is increasingly being taken up in the UK and elsewhere, spread the word of this movement which gives hope to us all.

Model kitchen garden with women’s produce
Growing different crops together
Women’s Federation Anantapur, outside their Centre