We are a state-wide platform of farmers’ organizations, civil society groups, scientists and experts, working for the well-being of all sections of the farming community. Rythu Swarjya Vedika (RSV) began its activities in 2010 and many of its member organizations have more than 2 decades experience of working with farmers. We work across Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
RSV works for:
Through grassroots work, trainings, campaigns and policy advocacy, RSV seeks to promote practices and policies that make Indian agriculture ecologically sustainable, ensure dignified livelihoods to its farmers including the small and marginal, preserve their control over agricultural resources like seed, land and water, and ensure adequate, safe food to all citizens. These form the four pillars of Kisan Swaraj Policy.
RSV advocacy efforts in particular centre around securing an assured income for all farm households in the country; promoting and scaling up ecological farming around the country through appropriate policies, legal/regulatory frameworks and programmes; ensuring that rights of farming communities over their productive resources like land, water and seed are not denied or violated; and through the above, assuring that all Indians have access to adequate, safe, nutritious and diverse foods.
The work of RSV is centred around (1) setting up ecological farming alternatives, building capacities and campaigning for replicating the same on a large scale, (2) to ensure seed diversity revival and seed self reliance and campaign for large scale scaling up of the efforts including through consumer awareness and empowerment, (3) watching out for any negative unsustainable approaches in Government of India’s BGREI programme (Bringing Green Revolution to Eastern India) related to corporatisation of seed resources, chemicalisation of eastern Indian agriculture, water use intensification etc., (4) making a clear case for ensuring minimum living incomes for farm households and campaigning to achieve the same, (5) understanding and advocating a different dispensation to adivasi agriculture and food security, and (6) campaigning against hazardous agri-chemicals including pesticides and fertilisers.