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by Kavitha

Apr. 27-29, 2012: Kolkata Seed Festival

10:40 am in Upcoming ASHA events by Kavitha

Kolkata Seed Festival

‘Celebrating and Conserving India’s Rich Heritage of Crop Diversity’ from April 27 to 29, 2012

About 21 groups from 9 states of India, including 12 from 7 districts of West Bengal – working for in situ conservation and promotion of seed diversity and related knowledge – are expected to participate.


27th April 2012:

Seminar on ‘Agro-biodiversity and Ecological Agriculture’ from 10.30 am to 3.30 pm .

Along with an exhibition of numerous crop seed varieties by 10 local farmers’ organizations running community seed banks in 7 districts of West Bengal.

Venue : WBVHA TOWER, 580,Anandapur,Near Monovbikas Kendra,5 minute walk from Ruby Hospital,south-east Kolkata -700 017.

28th,29th April 2012 :

Kolkata Seed Festival continues at a larger, central venue, with a display of over 1200 seed varieties by 21 seed conservation groups from 9 states of India, including 12 from West Bengal.

Over 1200 varieties of different crop seeds will be on display, along with relevant posters and literature. Books, organic products, organic food and some seeds will be available on sale.The Festival will also feature parallel talks, presentations, film shows, and a cultural programme of song and music.

Time : From 11 am to 7.30 pm.

Venue : 10 Middleton Street (outside Earthcare Books), near Jeevan Deep/’Maidan’ station of the Metro Rail.

We request you to please visit and participate.

Download Brochure

Download poster

Download Seed Declaration, India, 2012

Download Newsletter Mumbai-Pune Seed Festivals February 2012

Download West Bengal Seed conservation groups.


Contact for more details….

Bharat Mansata: Ph: 09967371183

Jacob Nellithanam:, Ph: 09425560950

Somjita (DRCSC):, Ph: 08902173598

Vinita (Earthcare):, Ph: 033-22296551

by Kavitha

Feb. 19-21, 2012: Mumbai Seed Festival

7:28 pm in Upcoming ASHA events by Kavitha

You can sign the Seed Declaration from the Seed Festival here:

You can also read Rajni Bakshi’s piece on this here:


‘Celebrate the rich diversity of our seeds and bio-cultural heritage’
Seed Diversity Exhibition | Interaction with seed savers | Bastar Tribal Dance | Community song & music | Books | Films | Discussions 

February 19 to 21, 2012 (9 am to 7 pm), at Janata Kendra,
near Mumbai Central Station (west), Tulsiwadi, Tardeo, which is the main venue for all 3 days.

Parallel events/seminars are planned at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS); IIT (Powai); Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS).


The Seed Festival is a joint initiative of groups from Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Pondicherry and Uttarakhand, working for in situ conservation and promotion of seed diversity and related knowledge – our  collective bio-cultural heritage – evolved, preserved and shared by the indigenous people and farming communities of India. This priceless heritage is now under threat of being lost forever. The support of all is greatly needed to preserve it!

A brochure, a flyer (programme of events) and a poster of the Seed Festival can be downloaded here. 

Please visit with friends and family, participate and pass on this invitation (and attachments) to any others who may be interested, including any media contacts that you may have.

If you can volunteer your assistance, please let us know the date/s and time you can be present. Any help to meet/share/minimise the costs would also be welcome. (Please contact any of the undersigned.)

Looking forward to see you !

With warm wishes,

Jacob Nellithanam (Richharia Campaign):, Ph:  09425560950

Tejal V. (Nurturing Grounds):  Ph: 9833707598

Bharat  Mansata (Earthcare Books):  Ph: 9967371183

Geeta Jhamb (GM-Free Maharashtra):  Ph: 8976275028

Neesha (MOFCA – Mumbai Organic Farmers and Consumers Association):

Ruth (Gm-Free Maharashtra):  Ph: 9594024202