Updated on 13 November, 2014
 
NEWS, UPDATES, HAPPENINGS

WORKSHOP ON NUTRITIONAL AND THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES OF INDIGENOUS PADDY VARIETIES

Our centre has been conserving over 100 indigenous varieties of paddy both in our experimental farm and in farmers' fields in various parts of Tamil Nadu. During this period we have carried out extensive documentation and research on the agronomic properties of these varieties.

DETAILS>>


PARTICIPATION IN ASIA PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP

A three day workshop on “Role of Family Farming in the 21st Centuary: Achieving the Zero Hunger Challenges by 2025” was organized by M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation in collaboration with FAO and other International organizations at Chennai between 7th - 10th August 2014.

DETAILS>>


ORIENTATION PROGRAMME ON CREDIT GUARANTEE FUND AT NABARD CHENNAI

On 25th August, a State Level Meeting of the Producer Companies was organized by NABARD in Chennai. More than 30 Farmer Producer Organizations and Nationalized Banks participated in this meeting.

DETALS>>


RECOGNITION FOR KADAMBAI FARMERS' CLUB AT STATE LEVEL

The Kadambai Farmers' Club in Thiruvannamalai district was established under the NABARD Farmers' Club Programme with the guidance and help of CIKS.

DETAILS>>

PROJECTS AT CIKS

POVERTY REDUCTION THROUGH SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE IN SOUTHERN INDIA

This project is in progress in Kancheepuram, Thiruvannamalai and Nagapattinam districts covering 9168 farmers from 79 panchayats of seven taluks with the supported by DFID, UK, under the Global Poverty Action Fund (GPAF) – Impact Window and co-funded by HIVOS, Netherlands. It is being done in partnership with Vrutti Livelihood Resource Centre (VLRC), Bengaluru. Some of the highlights of the project are,

DETAILS >>

IMPROVING THE LIVELIHOOD AND FOOD SECURITY OF SMALL-HOLDER TRIBAL COMMUNITIES

This project on improving livelihood and food security of tribal communities through wadi model and sustainable agriculture practices is being implemented in Jawadhu hills of Thiruvannamalai district with the financial support of NABARD. Activities of this project are in progress in nine villages covering 305 beneficiary households and 150 acres in Kovilur panchayat. The two major components of the project are - WADI (small orchard) and other livelihood activities. Some of the highlights of the project are-

DETAILS >>

INCREASING THE INCOME LEVEL THROUGH SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE BASED MICRO ENTERPRISES

Our Centre has implemented four consecutive phases of this programme in Thiruvannamalai, Nagapattinam and Kancheepuram districts of Tamil Nadu with the support of NABARD under their Micro Enterprises Development Programme (MEDP) for matured Self Help Groups (SHGs). Two phases of this programme was implemented in Thiruvannamalai district from February 2012 – June 2013 in Esakulathur, Kadambai and Peranamallur villages and from September 2013 – February 2014 in Visamangalam, Gengampoondi, Vangaram, Avanavadi, Desur and Perungkadampathur villages. In Nagapattinam district, the programme was implemented in September 2013.

DETAILS >>

READING ROOM

Here are some articles of general interest that we hope you will find interesting and useful. (Click on a title to read the full article)


OTHER LINKS

Click here >>


DOWNLOAD OUR NEWSLETTERS

NEWS

CIKS NEWS LATEST ISSUES


DOWNLOAD OUR PUBLICATIONS CATALOGUE

NEWS

India | For all other countries

POVERTY REDUCTION THROUGH SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE IN SOUTHERN INDIA - A DFID FUNDED PROJECT

To Know More>>


FAMILY FARMING FOR SUSTAINABILITY AND ENHANCED LIVELIHOOD – A MODEL

Mr. Thilagar is an ardent lover of plants, animals and nature. Initially, he was only into the cultivation of different varieties of paddy, black gram, green gram and vegetables. Though the yield is very remunerative in organic farming, his thirst for sustainability led him to form an integrated farm with several components like crop cultivation, vegetable gardening, poultry farming, fisheries, cattle and goat rearing. His farm is a typical example of an integrated farm. His wife Mrs. Karpagam helps him in all the farming activities like vermicompost production, biopesticides preparation, maintenance of livestock etc., and supports him in each effort.

Case study >>

NUTRITIONAL AND HEALTH SECURITY THROUGH INTEGRATED GARDENS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT : THE CIKS EXPERIENCE

The backyard gardens which rural women used to maintain for a regular supply of vegetables for their family were fast vanishing. Women were no more interested in maintaining the same and only families which could afford purchasing them from the market had vegetables as part of their regular diet. This was also contributing to the malnutrition of the family. On detailed investigation it came to light that after the introduction of High Yielding Varieties (HYV) of vegetables farmers had given up their indigenous varieties. Over a period of time they had lost these varieties. However, they had to purchase the HYV of vegetables year after year from the market. The HYV and hybrid vegetables that they purchased from the market were highly pest and disease prone. Seeds were expensive, germination capacity was very poor and they had to use chemical pesticides and fertilizers for its cultivation which meant an additional expense. Fulfilling all these requirements and maintaining a backyard garden was felt as an unviable proposition by these women and they had given up cultivating vegetables in their backyard which had led to a different dietary composition of the family meal.

For More >>


Agriculture Machinery Facilitation Centres - A boon for small and marginal farmers

Agriculture Machinery Facilitation Centres (AMFCs) have been established by CIKS in collaboration with Vrutti, Bengaluru under the DFID, UK and HIVOS Netherlands supported project. As a new approach to improve access to modern farm machineries 14 AMFCs, one in each Panchayat, have been established in Kancheepuram, Thiruvannamalai and Nagapattinam districts and being maintained by the Panchayat Agriculture Development Committees (PADCs). These AMFCs have improved access to modern agriculture machineries by small and marginal farmers at a low hiring charge. They have contributed to reduced cost of cultivation, increased yields and also addressed the issue of labour scarcity in agriculture. Business plans, business links with beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries, credit linkages etc., are in place to make these AMFCs self-sustainable. This kind of service provision for smallholders through a Centre managed by farmers at a low cost improves access to services, timely delivery and accountability.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

PRODUCER COMPANY ACT IN TAMIL

A tamil translation of the Producer Company Act (which forms a section of the Companies Act, 2013) is now made available by CIKS. Currently, a large number of producer companies are coming into existence and they have expressed a strong need for the basic material in Tamil. We hope this will be of great help to them. We also plan to bring out similar material as a series in Tamil which will be of use to producer companies.

For a free download - Click here >>


A TOUR OF OUR EXPERIMENTAL FARM

TH

CIKS maintains a 11.14 acre organic farm in a village called Sukkankollai which is in the Maduranthakam taluk of Kanchipuram district in Tamil Nadu. It is 4 kms from the famous Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary. The farm is an important hub for all our activities.

DETAILS AND PICS >>

It is good to swim in the waters of tradition, but to sink in them is suicide.

- Mahatma Gandhi

LOOKING BACK

Some important milestones for CIKS in the past ten years .

MORE>>

HOT LINKS

NEW PUBLICATIONS |NEWSLETTER ARCHIVES | TSUNAMI RELIEF | SEED BANK PROJECT

 

CIKS is registered as an independent trust.
Donations to the centre are exempt under Section. 80 G of the income tax act

The centre also receives contributions from foreign sources. We have a permanent registration number alloted under the
FCRA (Foreign Contribution Regulation Act) - Registration number 075900632 dated 27th July 1998. All material copyrighted property of Centre for Indian Knowledge Systems, India.
Best viewed in 1024X768 resolution and high colour.

Site designed and maintained by Big Fat Phoenix