ANNASHREE-The Story of Community Agriculture| 26mins
Director: Sounak Chakravarty | Producer: Rajiv Mehrotra,PSBT
Focus Years: 2015 | Country: India
In the year 2010, at the World Food Prize, Mr. Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, said, â€œThree quarters of the world's poorest people get their food and income by farming small plots of land... If we can make smallholder farming more productive and more profitable, we can have a massive impact on hunger and nutrition and poverty... The charge is clearâ€”we have to develop crops that can grow in a drought; that can survive in a flood; that can resist pests and disease... We need higher yields on the same land in harsher weather.""
Yes, the charge is clear, but the answers are few. To find a stable solution for the world food crisis, this film focuses on community agriculture, a model that is followed by a farmerâ€™s co-operative named Gontra Shamabaay Krishi Unnayan Samiti (GSKUS). GSKUS is situated in the Nadia District of West Bengal. Under the able leadership of Dr. Paranab Chatterjee, ex-professor of Seed Science at Bidhan Chandra Krishi Vishyavidyalay, GSKUS works on the model of Community Agriculture, providing a high yield of crops on small and fragmented agricultural land. GSKUS provides the necessary information and education to farmers and also helps them with proper infrastructure so that they attain better results in farming.
The National Food Security Bill 2013, recently got signed into a law, and at the Ninth Ministerial Conference, held in Bali, Indonesia, the WTO took a series of decisions aimed at giving developing countries more options for providing people with food security. At this juncture, the question of more growth in the agricultural sector needs to be addressed with a lot more care and efficiency. This film shows how the model of community agriculture is successful in providing a better life to farmers and establishes its importance as a probable solution or answer for the world food crisis to ensure food security for the world population. This film establishes community agriculture, the way it is exercised at GSKUS, as a local solution to a global problem.