The Deccan Development society is projecting a working model for the people-oriented participative development in the areas of food security, ecological agriculture, and alternate education. It is also trying to reverse the historical process of degradation of the environment and people’s livelihood system in this region through a string of land related activities such as Perma-culture, Community Grain Bank, Community Gene Fund, Community Green Fund and Collective Cultivation through land Lease etc. These activities, along side taking on the role of Earth care is also resulting in Human Care, by giving the Women a new found dignity and profile in their village communities. The Society is trying to relocate the people’s knowledge in the area of Health and Agriculture.
This programme was conceived as equity based model and as an alternative to area based watershed approach, with the overall objective of Creation of a new Watershed Model targeted entirely for the poor.
Village Medicinal Commons – a three year balance sheet (updated 1-June, 2002)
The Medicinal Plants Project of DDS supported by Find Your Feet was started in 1996.
Childcare is an important area of concern. All the DDS women work during the day; spending nearly 8-10 hours every day in family farms or as hired labour in farms. Because of the taxing working hours these women have expressed a need for someone to take care of their children during their absence. The DDS balwadis cater to this need.
Food Security : Four Major Steps
A look back at the DDS work with the women and agriculture gives us a clear indication on the direction we have moved in to ensure food security for the poor and the dalits.
- Pachasaale – The Green School
In 1993 Deccan Development Society (DDS) has decided to have a school, which is not the usual 8 to 3 school with classrooms and classes from 1 to 10. This school is not meant for children of 4-5 years but for the little Grown up 9- 10 years old, some were school dropouts and some were not fortunate enough to go to the school at the right time.
- Night Schools
Deccan Development Society has endeavored to provide educational opportunities to the most deprived Dalit Children in the Project Area. Since 1991 it has been regularly identifying out of school children and providing the first educational opportunity through the village night school.
- Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK)
The vision of Krishi Vigyana Kendra (KVK), Medak, has been developed in consonance with the organizational ethos and philosophy of the host institution, the Deccan Development Society.
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- SANGHAM RADIO INAUGURATED
- AFFIRMING LIFE AND DIVERSITY:Rural Images and Voices on Food Sovereignty in South India
- Non literate Farming women make film history – Win a major national award
- “DDS Media Women at International Association of Women in Radio & Television (IAWRT)”
About ten media women of the DDS Community Media Trust took part in an international festival of women’s films held at New Delhi from March 8-10, 2005 on an invitation from the International Association of Women in Radio and Television. The reception they got was overwhelming….
- NWMI visited DDS
DDS was invited by Network of Women in Media (NWMI) to their fifth annual meeting in Bangalore that was held between 9th and 11th February 2007. Six women contingent from the Community Media Trust (CMT) attended the meeting – (General Narsamma, Algole Narsamma, Sangamma, Mollemma, Laxmamma and Sureamma) shared their experiences and learnt more from their fellow participants. Two films – The Sangham shot and A Radio of their Own made by the women of DDS was screened.
- Radio Station
Women Speak to Women: DDS Community FM Radio- the poor dalit women’s (DDS sangams members) arguments are extraordinarily original and are unmatched for their logic. They have suggested that a radio of their own would provide more effectively a medium for articulating locally relevant issues, in their own language, and in their own time.
- Video by Women : An Alternative to Literacy
Seven women, two are students and the four are farm labour and one is a DDS worker. All of them are dalits in an age group of 16-35 years. The women chose to learn video production for various reasons…………………
Women in DDS
- Women Sangams
The Village sanghams, voluntary associations of the poor women, are the base of DDS. Most of these sanghams are basically formed by Dalit women but not to the exclusion of the poor women from a wide array of castes from Muslims to Gollas, Tenugus to Mangalis, Reddys to Sakalis.
- Shelter for Single Women
The need to set up a safe home for women and girls arose, when the sangha members shared their problems of violence against women, and forced child marriages of girls aged 10-12 years.
- Community Media Trust
In a pathbreaking exercise 10 Dalit women of Andhra Pradesh were trained in wielding the video camera. More importantly these women have been handed over the ownership of this tool to voice their opinions and grievances.
Campaigns & Workshop
- Establish a Committee of Traditional Agriculture Experts for Telangana, A memorandum to Chief Minister, February 13, 2015
BIOTECHNOLOGY REGULATORY AUTHORITY BILL, 2010: A Fastracking process to disenfranchise agricultural systems and traditional farming knowledges – Letter to members of National Advisory Council (NAC) (Aug 2010)
- National Environment Awareness Campaigns (NEAC) 2007-2008
- World Food Day Celebrations Pastapur October 16, 2007
World Food Day is the annual celebratory activity of DDS, Pastapur in which the women of DDS sanghams who have been pursuing ecological agriculture, food and seed sovereignty and rich biodiversity in their food and farming systems.
- BIOFUELS IN INDIA, WILL THEY DELIVER OR DESTROY? All India National Consultation 3 – 4 December, 2007
We, farmers, people’s movements, NGOs and concerned individuals came together from different parts of India – Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Nagaland, Orissa, Rajasthan, to share concerns and experiences on “bio”fuels at an all-India event in village Pastapur of Medak District in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh to truly debate the question whether this so called energy cropping will deliver or destroy.
- Workshop on Operationalising Community Radio October 11-13, 2007
The Deccan Development Society (DDS), in association with Community Radio Forum, India and with assistance from UNESCO organized a residential workshop on Operationalising Community Radio for NGOs working in Andhra Pradesh from October 11-13, 2007.
- GOVERNMENT WARNED ABOUT THE DANGERS IN DOCUMENTING PEOPLE’S KNOWLEDGE August 13,2007
Documenting traditional knowledge on biodiversity without adequate safeguards for protection of this knowledge will lead to a host of risks, the government has been cautioned by a national consultation on Documenting Diversity. It will offer the rich knowledge heritage of the Indian people to the predatory corporate interests, the Consultation has warned the Government. The Consultation has also demanded that any such documentation must be designed and led by communities, and be given legal and other protection against theft and misuse through ‘biopiracy’.
- DDS’ Day at the AP Biodiversity Board celebrations of World Biodiversity Day May 22nd,2007
- WHOSE BIODIVERSITY AND KNOWLEDGE IS IT? April 27, 2007
- Joint GM Opposition Day observed by APCIDD and SAGE April 10, 2007
- National Workshop for Farmer’s Groups on Biodiversity Act 14 – 16
- Our dissent note to discuss Farm Issues with Mr Bush a Letter to Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh”
- BIODIVERSITY REGULATION: CONTROL & CONSERVATION
A Strategy Workshop, September 8 – 9, 2006, IITD, Kolkata
- Secure Livelihood
A South Asia Regional Learning Event at Hyderabad, September 5-7th, 2006
- Should India be Fed With GM food? The Bangalore Declaration, July 5, 2006
Under SAGE banner a roundtable on “Should Indians be fed with g m food?” was jointly organized by CREAT, DDS and Mysore Grahak Parishad in Bangalore on 5th July 2006. This roundtable was organized in protest against the recent slew of legislations that aims at according access of genetically modified foods into Indian market and also to express the pernicious ramifications thereof particularly on health and nutrition.
- “Letter to Agriculture Minister in the context of Agriculture Ministers Meet from 7 States on 9th June 2006 at Hyderabad to discuss and determine the price of Bt Cotton”.
- International GM Opposition Day
The genetic industry’s lies continue to consume farmers’ lives.
What do we protect?
On the International Day of Opposition to Genetic Engineering, the Andhra Pradesh Coalition in Defence of Diversity strongly expresses its total resolve to resist the genetic engineered crops from the farms of Andhra Pradesh and genetically modified foods from the plates of consumers.
A Postcard Campaign Against National Environment Policy (NEP) and draft EIA Notification
- CAMPAIGN AGAINST TERMINATOR SEEDS
After leading an intensive campaign as convenors of South Against Genetic Engineering [SAGE], on 20th March, we sent the petition signed by hundreds
- National Consultation on Women led Dryland Natural Resource Management
March 16th – 18th 2006
A National Consultation on Community /women led Dryland Natural Resource Management is being organized in Hyderabad and Pastapur from March 16-18th.
- SOUTH AGAINST GENETIC ENGINEERING – AN INCEPTION WORKSHOP January 6th & 7th, 2006 at Aashirvad, Bangalore
South Against Genetic Engineering (SAGE) as a network was launched at a workshop held in Hyderabad on the issue of Southern Encounters in the month of April 2005.
- CAMPAIGN AGAINST WTO RALLY & PUBLIC MEETING At Zaheerbad, Medak District On 23rd November, 2005
Women sangham members of DDS, on 23rd November 2005 organized a massive rally in Zaheerabad, denouncing WTO’s foray into Indian agriculture.
- SECURING INDIA’S FUTURE Citizens’ release of the National Biodiversity Strategy & Action Plan Press Release Hyderabad, October 4, 2005
The NBSAP, National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan was a commitment of the Government of India to the international Convention of Biological Diversity.
- DDS OBSERVES GLOBAL WEEK OF ACTION
An international meet of farmers, scientists, activists organised by the Deccan Development Society has said in loud and clear terms.
- Monsanto’s biggest lie of the century
The first ever independent scientific study on bt cotton done on season long basis continuously for three years has come out with startling results.
- Report on the Biodiversity Rally at Delhi
- Why do dryland farmers in the Deccan practice Ecological Agriculture?
- Strategy Workshop on Biological Diversity Act & Rules Hyderabad
Thursday, 9 September 2004
As you are probably aware the Ministry of Environment and Forests notified the Biological Diversity Rules in April 2004 as part of the implementation process of the Biological Diversity Act, 2002.
- Major Recommendations from the NATIONAL SEMINAR ON ‘FOOD SECURITY FOR THE POOR’
(June 23-24, 2004) organised by NIRD, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad
The Food Security Policy in India has been changing over the years from combating era of food shortages to era of food surplus.
- Awareness Workshop on Plant Genetic Resources Conservation
A three day mutual sharing workshop has been collaboratively conducted by NBPGR-DDS-MANAGE-DDSKVK in the premises of Krishi Vignan Kendra, Zaheerabad, Medak district of Andhra Pradesh from 7th to 9th October 2003.
- South Asia-Canada Dialogue on the Future of Agriculture
(updated 20-Oct, 2002)
- National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan
A REPORT ON SOUTHERN REGIONAL WORKSHOP
JANUARY 5 – 7, 2002
Village Pastapur, Zaheerabad Mandal,
Medak District, Andhra Pradesh
- Hyderabad Statement of Solidarity
against Genetic Engineering, Intellectual Property Rights and For Diversity in Agriculture
- Public Forum on Genetic Engineering, Agriculture And Farmers Rights
- Farmers’ Caravan
The two networks (SANFEC and Resistance Network, the most active network of South Asia against trafficking of women and children) organized in 1998 the SAARC People’s Forum in Sri Lanka, parallel to the 10th SAARC summit held in Colombo
- Prajateerpu : The Food Futures of Andhra Pradesh
The Prajateerpu, a farmers jury on Food Futures in the state of Andhra Pradesh in South India was organised in the context of the currently rethinking by AP on its approach to farming, land use and marketing.
- National Environmental Awareness Campaign (NEAC)
The Ministry of Environment and Forests has been conducting National Environment Awareness Campaigns (NEAC) every year since 1986 to create environmental awareness among the general masses.
- Non-Pesticide Management Programme (NPM)
Non-pesticidal Management of Gram pod borer in pigeon pea and chick pea by farmers of the Zaheerabad region in Deccan plateau.
- People’s Agenda
Year 1999 was a watershed year for the DDS communities of Zaheerabad region in Medak District of Andhra Pradesh.. These communities in the Deccan region of South India celebrated a festival: Paata antala Panduga: the Festival of Traditional Crops. This was an unusual festival, a festival to rejoice the diversity of local crops, seeds, animals and their relationship with local culture. People flocked to the festival to re-connect with their culture and traditions, which have not only practiced ecological agriculture but also revered it for thousands of years.
- Conclusion Of Ninth Mobile Bio-diversity Festival (2009)
The 9th month long Annual Mobile Biodiversity Festival concluded on 13 February 2008 at Pachasaale Campus of Machnoor village, Jharasangam Mandal, Medak District.
- The DDS Mobile Bio-diversity Festival 2008
It is that time of the year again – time for the farmers of the Deccan diversity region to celebrate their food, seed and bio-diversity. Time for them to celebrate their identity as farmers even as others of their kind are losing hold and hope on their livelihood.
The rich ecological diversity and cultural vivacity of the Deccan region was eloquently displayed at the conclusion ceremony of the Eighth annual biodiversity festival that came to an impressive end on 13th February at Machnoor Village, Jarasangam Mandal.
- Concluding ceremony of the Annual Mobile Diversity Festival 2006
The sixth Annual Mobile Biodiversity Festival of Deccan Development Society, that pays tribute to the rich biodiversity, and the joie de vivre of the sangham women of the Deccan region came to an end on 12th February 2006.
- Inauguration of Mobile Biodiversity Festival – 2006
In a state like AP where farmer suicides are rampant and seed crises dominate the agrarian scene, could there be a place where every farmer has his or her own seeds, with their farms sporting diverse crops grown on ecologically sound principles and no farmer desperate enough to commit suicide?
- Mobile Biodiversity Festival 2005
- The Biodiversity Festival has now become an annual feature of the region where the Deccan Development Society works.
- DDS is Honoured to Honour themThe women biodiversity conservers of DDSDuring the Mobile Biodiversity Festival 2005, the DDS had the honour of felicitating 18 women and 3 men who are making enormous contribution to…
- District Level Bio-diversity Exhibitions in 2004
- National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP)
On January 14, 2000 DDS embarked on a unique conservation and cultural campaign called the Mobile Biodiversity Festival. Beyond the specially decorated caravan of bullock carts, traditional musical bands, dancing, singing and exhibits of the nearly 75 varieties of traditional seeds, it could be said the most important part of the day was when villagers were given the opportunity to voice their personal concerns about the future of farming in India.
The objective of this programme is both the enable women’s groups to become eco-entrepreneurs as well as bridging the gaps in the availability of the bio fertilisers for use in the farmlands of the sangham members.
- Non-Pesticidal Management – A Case Study
- Economics of Ecological Agriculture
- Organic Cotton Re-inventing the Wheel
- ON THE MARGIN: Poor and Their Lands
A case for Comprehensive Public Investments
- Release of a season long impact study of Bt Cotton
- DID Bt COTTON FAIL A P AGAIN IN 2003-2004?
A season long study [2003-2004] on the performance of Bt Cotton in Andhra Pradesh
The first ever sustained independent scientific study on Bt Cotton in India
- Bt Cotton Study 2005-06 : False Hopes Festering Failures
- What Farmers reaped growing Bt Cotton – Profits or Problems???
It is a cooperative venture started by the Women Sangam members living in 70 villages around Zaheerabad, with lofty ideals. This was started on 7th November an auspicious Diwali day in the year 1999. It is registered in the name of Deccan Development Society Mutually Aided Credit Cooperative Society Ltd (DDS MACCS) under MACCS Act
Café Ethnic an Organic Millet Restaurant was inaugurated on 26th January, 2004 at Zaheerabad by Prof. Laxma Goud, an eminent international artist & son of Medak and formerly Dean of Fine Arts, University of Hyderabad.
EU Forum in Berlin June 2007
- DDS Women Received Equator Prize 2019
- Anjamma – The Plant Savior- September 2016
- Excellence in Farming Award to Nagwar Vinoda & Charter of Vinoda – April 2016
- Women’s Day Honours DDS – March 2013
- DDS Community Media Trust Receives International Acclaim – August 2011
- Sangham Radio Own Mathan South Asia Award 2009
- TV9 Naveena Mahila 2009 Special Award For DDS Women