Agriculture and Food Sovereignty

Agriculture and Food Sovereignty

Promoting organic farming, conserving agro biodiversity - Sustainable agriculture for safe food and food sovereignty

Sustainable Resource Use and Management

Sustainable Resource Use and Management

Campaign on Zero Waste - Ethical, Efficient and Economical resource use for a toxic free and just world.

Living Ecosystems

Living Ecosystems

Living Ecosystems is a programme to study life supporting Eco Systems for its conservation.

Network, Alliance and Outreach

Network, Alliance and Outreach

A platform for exchange of information, ideas and networking for capacity building for strengthening community action.

What we do ?

Steering critical campaigns and programs directly.
Providing knowledge and support platform for social entreprenuers, researchers and change agents.
Mentoring and developing children and youth as green citizens of the future.
Being a role model institution for change.

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Thanal, Organic Bazaar, Zero Waste Centre will remain closed on Tuesday, 11th February for a Special Staff Meeting. Inconvenience regretted.

Dr. G. Nammalvar passes away

Dr. G. Nammalvar, a great agriculture scientist, philosopher and a simple farmer passes away today (30 December 2013) at Pattukkottai, Tamilnadu.

Zero Waste Thenmala Ecotourism

Thenmala Ecotourism Promotion Society launches Zero Waste programme with the Technical support of Thanal

10th Anniversary of Organic Bazaar and Organic Mela

10th anniversary of Organic Bazaar and Organic Mela to be organised at YMCA Statue on 6-9th November 2013 from 10am -7.30pm.The mela will showcase traditional rice varieties, Grocery and vegetables .

Down to Earth Nature camp for children 20th April to 29th April

OD-3, Jawahar Nagar Kawdiar P.O Thiruvananthapuram
Down to Earth Nature camp for children 20th April to 29th April Thanal is conducting a 10 day nature camp for children of age 14-18 years. A camp will be about ecology and children with a special focus on climate change.

Thanal's founder trustee Mr Jayakumar C participating in a discussion in Manorama News channel - on the heavy heat in kerala

The bogey of Food Security

Lets start with the Food & Agriculture Organisation(FAO) (1999) definition of Food Security -  “Food Security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food, to meet the dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.” 

When we talk of food security, we generally ask – Are we producing enough? But, we tend to ignore whether this food is “physically and economically” being accessed by all. Here lies the first issue related to food security – making it available to all, including the poor and the hungry, even if they cannot pay for it. Next comes “sufficient, safe and nutritious” food. Are we sure, the food that we get through our Public Distribution System (PDS) or the private markets is safe and nutritious? Has all our efforts to increase food production through  “Grow More Food” or “Green revolution” improved its nutrition and safety? Clearly, after the Green Revolution and modernisation<  ...  read full article

Sridhar is Director for Agriculture and Food Sovereignty program at Thanal.

Kerala – Land without a Land Policy

Kerala is a state, where everything looks good on paper and the screaming flex boards, that claim the fast, furious, far-reaching changes effected by Government after Government. The impact and benefit on the ground, especially on resource use and management is a special cause for worry, since a quick data and ground check will show a very bleak picture. A much discussed Land Policy is in the draft state for nearly 7 years now !. Submitted in 2009, the draft, a critically acclaimed policy document, that covers most aspects of the land use policy and strategies needed to effect a proper planning, use, management and conservation of land and its related resources, has not even been put up for discussion in public fora.  ...  read full article

Sridhar is Director for Agriculture and Food Sovereignty program at Thanal.

ജനിതക മാറ്റം വരുത്തിയ കടുക്... (Genetically Modified mustard seed )

അസ്വാഭാവികവും സൂക്ഷ്മമല്ലതതുമായ ഒരു സാങ്കേതിക വിദ്യ ആണ് ജനിതക എഞ്ചിനീയറിംഗ്. ഉറപ്പില്ലാത്തതും എന്നാൽ തിരിച്ചു കൊണ്ടുവരാൻ കഴിയാത്തതുമായ സ്വഭാവ വത്യാസങ്ങൾ ജീവികളിൽ വരുത്താൻ ഈ സാങ്കേതിക വിദ്യക്ക് കഴിയും. പണ്ട് ഒരിക്കൽ (2010 -ൽ) ജനിതക മാറ്റം വരുത്തിയ വഴുതനയ്ക്ക് ഭാരത സർക്കാരിനു moratorium (താത്‌ക്കാലികമായ വിലക്ക്‌) ഏർപ്പെടുതേണ്ടി വന്നത് അന്ന് അതിനെതിരെ ശക്തമായ പ്രതിഷേധം ജനങ്ങളുടെ ഭാഗത്ത്‌ നിന്നും ഉണ്ടായതുകൊണ്ടാണ്. ഒരു പൊതുമെഘലാ സ്ഥാപനത്തിൽ(ഡല്ഹി സർവകലാശാല) വികസിപ്പിച്ചു എന്നതുകൊണ്ട്‌ അപകടം പിടിച്ച സാങ്കേതികവിദ്യയുടെ അപകടം കുറയുന്നില്ല. Monsanto പോലുള്ള വിത്ത് കമ്പനികൾ ജനിതക മാറ്റം വരുത്തിയ ഒരുപാട് വിത്തുകൾ തയ്യാറാക്കി വച്ചിരിക്കുകയാണ് . ബി ടി വഴുതനെയ്ക്കെതിരെ ഉയർന്ന ജനവികാരം കണ്ട് അവർ തല്ക്കാലം മിണ്ടാതിരിക്കുന്നു എന്ന് മാത്രം. പൊതുമെഘലാ സവകലാശാലയിൽ വികസിപ്പിചെടുതത്തിന്റെ പേരിൽ GM കടുകിന് അനുമതി കിട്ടിയാൽ അതിനു തൊട്ടുപിറകെ തങ്ങളുടെ വിതുകല്ക്കും അനുമതി ലഭിക്കാനുള്ള സമ്മർദ്ദം ചെലുത്താൻ കഴിയും എന്ന ശുഭാപ്തി വിശ്വാസത്തിലാനവർ . അതായത് , GM കടുക് ഒരു Trojan Horse മാത്രമാണ് !  ...  read full article

Horticulturist by training Mrs Usha is the national coordinator of Save Our Rice campaign and have been working in the field of sustainable and ecological agriculture for the last 15 years- training farmers and youth , working on the state and national policies to give more support for ecological ag

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Resource library

Lead Poisoning
Study on Establishing Resource Recovery Centres for Slow decaying Organics and Non Biodegradable Discards Final Report â?? March 2011
Paddy Revival in Kattampally Kaippad: Achievements and Challenges
Save our rice
Edosulfan field guide - PAN-Germany’s Field Guide to Non-chemical Pest Management

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