As mothers, carers, farmers/farm workers, land and human rights’ defenders, women do most of the work of feeding (starting with breastfeeding) and protecting families and communities, the soil and the environment. For doing this fundamental caring work of society, unwaged and low-waged, we are impoverished and denied basic rights, including to the land we work.
Organising in self-help groups, women in Andhra Pradesh, India, are leading a massive community movement of natural farmers who regenerate the soil to grow healthy food and stop climate change. Scaling up internationally is crucial. A care income for all natural farmers would empower such movements, encourage all genders to contribute and to refuse work that pollutes. The subsidies now paid to poison soil, water and air, must be redirected to caring for people and the planet, starting in the Global South and working-class communities everywhere, especially Indigenous and other people of colour, who are hardest hit by the climate emergency. Find out more about our collaborations with Extinction Rebellion here.
The Oxford Real Farming Conference in January 2023 opened with our workshop: A Care Income to Protect the Land, the People and the Natural World.
Andhra Pradesh: The principles of Community Managed Natural Farming:
Community managed natural farming in the drought-prone regions of Andhra Pradesh is helping soils to produce more, offering smallholder farmers decent livelihoods.
In November 2022, Solveig Francis visited Andhra Pradesh as part of a Global Women’s Strike delegation to meet the women’s self-help groups spearheading natural farming.
How women farmers in Andhra Pradesh are spearheading the transition to natural farming.
Illuminating seminar with soil microbiologist Walter Jehne, Vijay Kumar who heads RySS, Andhra Pradesh’s Farmer Empower Organisation, and US Congresswoman Chellie Pingree. How conventional chemical farming drives climate change and natural farming is crucial to regenerating the soil and the climate.
Andhra Pradesh Community Managed Natural Farming is working with the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) to scale up natural farming in many countries across the continent.
The Andhra Pradesh Community Managed Natural Farming Programme is a highly successful government-led initiative involving millions of farmers and eight million hectares of land in India. It revolves around nine key agroecological principles, including the use of indigenous seed, cover crops, keeping soil disturbance to a minimum and NO chemical fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides. It is spearheaded by women’s self-help groups.
The Community Women Human Rights Defenders Collective, part of the Global Women’s Strike network in Thailand, is comprised of grassroots women representing 19 different sectors who are defending family, community and the environment. They include Indigenous women, migrant and refugee women, disabled women, urban women from the slums, rural women farmers, women from the conflict zone in the Deep South, sex workers, garment workers, and women fighting against destruction of natural resources and the natural world. All work to protect life and livelihoods. The Collective demands a Care Income, and an end to poverty, inequality and State oppression in all forms. More info here
Women of Colour GWS tell the story of what the British and other empires stole from the African continent and its people. According to research, £7.5 trillion is owed by Britain to its former colonies for slavery. Is this an underestimate and if so what is the true cost of the theft of people and resources…Read More
The state of Andhra Pradesh in India has seen a transformation to natural farming which has been made possible by women organizing, writes Solveig Francis. They have created thousands of self-help organizations across more than 3,000 villages. Since 2016 they have spearheaded an agricultural, economic and social transformation through Community Managed Natural Farming: agroecology based on no/low tilling,…Read More
A Global Women’s Strike event for South India Heritage Month. Thursday 20 July 2023, 6-8pm, Swiss Cottage Library, 88 Avenue Rd, London NW3 3HA. ALL WELCOME. What we saw when we visited the women’s self-help groups transforming their communities with natural farming. We in the city must know more about how our food is grown…Read More
Learning from the experiences of Natural Farming in India, this new publication has been compiled by the Alliance for food sovereignty in Africa. Download a copy of it for free here below.Read More
Together with 60,000, we took part in XR’s The Big One, four days of action 21-24 April, around Parliament to force the UK government to act on the climate emergency. Day One: Unite to Survive – “Women Care” Speak Out Diverse networks of mothers, grandmothers, other carers and people with disabilities spoke out on refusing…Read More
Four days of action from 21 to 24 April brought together 60,000 people around Parliament to force the UK government to act on the climate emergency. On Friday – “Unite to Survive” day – diverse networks of mothers, grandmothers, other carers and people with disabilities spoke out on refusing poverty, the devaluing of caring and…Read More
Friday 21 April, 1pm, Downing Street, London SW1A 2AA. XR’s The Big One – four days of actions 21-24 April to bring together 100,000 people around Parliament to get this government to act on the climate emergency. On Friday – “Unite to Survive” day – diverse networks of mothers, grandmothers, other carers and people with disabilities will…Read More
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…Read More
Your article on the Haiti crisis omits mention of the only Haitian government that people voted in by a landslide – twice. Headed by the former liberation theology priest Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Haiti’s first democratically elected president, it uniquely focused on tackling poverty, supporting small farmers, building schools and hospitals, increasing the minimum wage and demanding justice…Read More
Selma James speaks at Oxford Real Farming Conference: A Care Income to Protect the Land, the People and the Natural World
Speakers: Selma James, Swati Renduchintala, Pranom Somwong, Dee Woods, Jyoti Fernandez. As mothers, carers, farmers/farm workers, land and human rights’ defenders, women do most of the work of feeding (starting with breastfeeding) and protecting families and communities, the soil and the environment. For doing this fundamental caring work of society, unwaged and low-waged, we are…Read More