“The patent for the community will give them a sense of security. Also, no one can come and take away these seeds from this land in future,” says Subhashini.

The idea of making every village sustainable, from seeds to marketing, has been the focus of the group. This will ensure that local resources stay in the village. The ‘Seed to Market’ initiative of the Sirkazhi Organic Farmers Association, with CIKS’s support, is an example of empowering communities to create their own development. This farmer-managed enterprise has promoted self-reliance among the community through regular and active discussions and making decisions through a transparent, democratic process. This effort shows how communities can be supported in developing technologies and processes that are environmentally sound, socially inclusive and economically profitable, a step towards a greener economy.

Sharada Balasubramanian
Coimbatore, India