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For majority of peasants and indigenous people in India and around the world, climate change is a dreadful reality that has drastically altered their and rendered them vulnerable to hunger, poverty and deprivation. Even at the best of times, millions of them live on the edge, surviving on paltry income. Climate change has forced many to go hungry, abandon or sell their meagre land holdings, force them to migrate to urban slums searching for work.

India was the second country in the world to introduce the Green Revolution. Punjab, Uttar  Pradesh and West Bengal were the three States wherein Green Revolution was initially  introduced, focusing on; high yielding variety seeds (basically wheat and rice), pesticides and fertilizers. Double cropping was also introduced as a main feature of the green revolution, since India was traditionally a single crop farming country. Up until then, as the Indian agricultural system was mainly dependent on monsoon for irrigation, one crop per year was quite the norm.

Focus in 2016 initiated and engaged more vigorously in endeavors that challenged the impunity of state and non-state actors in the region. One of the main approaches in doing this was working closely with human rights organizations and networks of rights defenders and activists. The Focus team from all offices joined protests and mobilizations in solidarity with grassroots communities, social movements, and other civil society organizations.

This booklet is intended to serve as a basic background resource for grassroots groups, to make links between gender and agroecology, and to understand agroecology's potential to address gender inequalities.

Introduction

Over the past two decades, an increasing number of countries have been following a policy of ever-progressing trade liberalization. India has by no means been an exception to this trend. Despite the tremendous impacts of trade liberalization on Indian agriculture in particular and on people's livelihoods in general, the consequent Indian governments do not seem to lose their enthusiasm for free trade.

Dutertism. Dutertismo. The suffix ‘ism’ according to the dictionary may refer to a “distinctive practice, doctrine, theory,” and/or ideology. Does attaching an ‘ism’ therefore to the president’s name imply that he carries with him a unique brand of presidency; a different style of governance; a vision for the country that would set him apart from previous post-EDSA 1986 administrations?

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP), a mega-regional free trade agreement being negotiated by the 10-member ASEAN regional bloc and its FTA partners China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand held its 18th round of talks May 2-12 in Manila, Philippines.  The RCEP talks gained more prominence recently in the wake of the US’ withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement or TPPA and the strong push from countries like Japan, Korea, Australia, and New Zealand to bring TPP standards to the RCEP negotiating table. 

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