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Save Our Rice Campaign aims to build a movement towards achieving food security and sovereignty, reviving our rice culture and sustaining rice eco-systems. The Save Our Rice Campaign attempts to sustain rice by creating linkages between different sectors, building alternative models for sustainable ecological rice cultivation, developing capacities to address issues related to rice, and developing a platform of people with rice culture as a common concern. The Campaign was launched in 2004, the Second International Year of Rice, in Kumbalangi, Kerala. The Campaign is coordinated by Thanal and CREATE. The campaign is active in four states - Tamilnadu, Kerala, Karnataka, and West Bengal, and  is coordinated by partners in these States.

The major campaign objectives are: 

.. Conserving Rice Ecosystems

.. Sustaining Rice Culture and Diversity

.. Protecting Traditional Wisdom

.. Preventing GMOs and Toxics

.. Ensuring Safe and Nutritious Food

 


Organic Rice Marketing - Perspective from organic bazaar, Thanal, Thiruvananthapuram

The Organic bazaar run by Thanal in Trivandrum partners with the Save Our Rice Campaign in Kerala to market traditional rice varieties. Since the last few years the Campaign has been working on reviving traditional rice varieties and in the last three years the focus has also encompassed marketing and popularizing traditional rice among consumers.  ...  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

The coup of the Kuruva

As a Malayalee growing up in Pune, I missed out on learning to read and write Malayalam. And also, on eating and enjoying the traditional red rices of Kerala. The white polished rice reigned over my diet for almost 40 years, until a health setback pushed me to start eating the Chembas and the Kuruvas. Today, I not only enjoy these rices, but advoca  ...  read full article

Ramesh Chandran is the Founder-Director of Anantha working towards promoting sustainability by building social enterprises and developing local entrepreneurs. Ramesh has corporate business experience

Red Rice Marketing - The Story From Karnataka

It all began with farmers like Sadashivu selling 10, 20, 30 kilograms of rice in 2003, from there the marketing of traditional red rice varieties has come a long way in Karnataka. The quantity of rice sold through the Save our Rice Campaign in Karnataka in 2013 crossed 100 tonnes. However, we realize that even this is a drop in the ocean of rice ma  ...  read full article

Sreemathi G, is the State Coordinator for the Save Our Rice campaign in Karnataka

Students of VHSS Manandavady planting paddy seedlings in the Save Our Rice Field at Panavally, Wayanadu

Panavally, Wayanadu
Students of VHSS Manandavady planting paddy seedlings in the Save Our Rice Field at Panavally, Wayanadu

Crop Protection done at Panavally, Wayanad - Spraying Jeevamritham in SoR Field

Panavally, Wayanad
Crop Protection done at Panavally, Wayanad - Spraying Jeevamritham in SoR Field Crop Protection done at Panavally, Wayanad - Spraying Jeevamritham in SoR Field

Ploughing of SoR Field on 28th September 2014 at Panavally Wayanad.

Panavally, Wayanad
Ploughing of SoR Field on 28th September 2014 at Panavally Wayanad. Ploughing of SoR Field on 28th September 2014 at Panavally Wayanad.

Weeding done on SoR Plot at Panavally ,Wayanad.

Panavally, Wayanad
Weeding done on SoR Plot at Panavally ,Wayanad. Weeding done on SoR Plot at Panavally ,Wayanad.

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Nel Thiruvizha Adirengham

Aadirengham, Thiruthuraipoondi
Nel Thiruvizha Adirengham The 10th Year of National level Paddy Seed Festival is going to be held on 4th and 5th June 2016 at Adhirengam farm. Dr. N. Markandan, Former Vice Chancellor of Gandhigram Rural University will preside over the function in the presence of Dr. P. Duraisingam, Chairman, CREATE, Mr.R. Ponnambalam, Managing Trustee, CREATE, Mr. A. Ambalavanan, President, Tamil Nadu organic farmers movement and Mr. M.E.A.R. Abdul Munab, Panchayat President, Adhirengam. Inaugural address of seed festival will be del

Desi Rice Mela, in Hubli Karnataka.

Lakshmi Saraswathi Sadana J C Nagara, women college road hubli
Desi Rice Mela, in Hubli Karnataka. Desi Rice Mela Jointly organised by Sahaja Samrudha and Save our Rice Campaign Karnataka, at Lakshmi Saraswathi Sadana J C Nagara, women college road hubli from 27th to 29th May 2016. In this Mela SoR Karnataka exhibit traditional rice varieties including medicinal rice and scented rice.

Seed Festival Thirunelli ,Wayanad

Kattikulum Wayanad.
Seed Festival Thirunelli ,Wayanad Thanal, Save our Rice campaign, Bharath Beej Swaraj Manj, NABARD, ATMA, PAN INDIA, Green Lover’s Mananthavady and Nilam Mananthavady with support from Thirunelly Grama Panchayath and Kudumbasree jointly organizes ‘Thirunelli seed festival’ on 2016 May 27th & 28th in Kattikkulam, Wayanad. Eminent personalities from Agriculture, Art & Cultural and Political sectors will be participating.Exhibitions of 200+ traditional rice seeds, 60+ tubers, Millets, Vegetable seeds etc .

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.

Seed festival on 12& 13th March 2016 at Vellangalloor, Thrissur Dst.

Panchayat Community Hall Vellangalloor,
Seed festival on 12& 13th March 2016 at Vellangalloor,  Thrissur Dst. Seed festival is going to be held on 12& 13th March 2016 at Vellangalloor, Thrissur Dst. The Seed Festival is organised by the Vellangalloor Panchayath, Salim Ali Foundation , Thanal and supported by NABARD.

Seed Festival at Kundamangalam, Kozhikkode 20 and 21 february 2016

Panchayat Community Hall, Kundamangalam, Kozhikkode
Seed Festival at Kundamangalam, Kozhikkode 20 and 21 february 2016 Seed Festival Organized by Thanal, Paithrukam, Kerala jaiva Karshaka Samithi, National Service Scheme, NABARD. Protection of Indigenous seeds is paramount for sustaining biodiversity of a region. Seed Festivals are a good venue for farmers and others to buy seeds.

Seed Festival at Payyannur 19 and 20 february 2016

Gandhi Park, Payyannur
Seed Festival at Payyannur 19 and 20 february 2016 Protection of Indigenous seeds is paramount for sustaining biodiversity of a region. Seed Festivals are a good venue for farmers and others to buy seeds. Organized by Thanal, Nallabhoomi, Jaiva Karshaka Samithi, NABARD.

SEED SAVERS NETWORK MEETING

Begoor dormitory , Manathavady Wayanad
SEED SAVERS NETWORK MEETING SoR Campaign, Thanal and Bharath Beej swaraj munch jointly organising a seed savers network meeting in begoor mananthavady Wayanad Kerala from 28th November 2015 to 29th November 2015. Seed savers fro

vayalraksha meeting at thiruvananthapuram on october 16th

Secretariate and Palayam,Thiruvananthapuram
vayalraksha meeting at thiruvananthapuram on october 16th കേരള ജൈവ കർഷക സമിതിയുടെ ആഭിമുഖ്യത്തിൽ, കേരളത്തിലെ വിവിധ കൃഷി - പരിസ്ഥിതി സംഘടനകളും, കൂട്ടായ്മകളും , പ്രവർത്തകരും, കൃഷിക്കാരും വിദ്യാർത്ഥികളും അണിചേരുന്ന വയൽരക്ഷ സംഗമം ഒക്ടോബർ 16 -ന് തിരുവനന്തപുരത്ത്

Assam Folk Rice Festival

Deragaon Golaghat distict Assam
Assam Folk Rice Festival Assam folk rice festival was organised at Deragaon Golaghat distict Assam on 6th July 2015. The festival aims to showcase enormous diversity of folkrice of Assam and cultural heritage. The main highli

Students of VHSS Manandavady planting paddy seedlings in the Save Our Rice Field at Panavally, Wayanadu

Panavally, Wayanadu
Students of VHSS Manandavady planting paddy seedlings in the Save Our Rice Field at Panavally, Wayanadu

Adhirengham Seed Festival

Adirengham, Tamilnadu
Adhirengham Seed  Festival Adirengham seed festival is going to be held from 30th may to 31st May 2015 at Adirengham. On 31st May 2015 the seed exchange took place.

Reception for "Jaivajeevitha Sandesha Jaatha" on 21st April 2015

Press club Thiruvananthapuram
Reception for Kerala Jaiva Karshaka Samiti is organizing a state level vehicle rally from 5th to 24th April 2015. “A New Kerala through Food Crops” is the main slogan of the rally, titled “Jaivajeevitha Sandesha Ja

Panavally Paddy Festival

Thanal Agro Ecology Centre Panavally Wayanad
Save our Rice Campaign along with Thanal organizing Panavally Paddy festival on April 10th 2015 at Thanal Agro ecology centre , Panavally Wayanad. Exhibition of traditional paddy , display of traditi

Rice Field Week in Panavally Wayanad

Agro Ecology Centre Panavally
Rice field week is organised in Panavally,Wayanad, from 24th November 2014 to 29th November 2014. The first two days were meeting of Seed Savers and rest of days programme for School children.

Weeding done on SoR Plot at Panavally ,Wayanad.

Panavally, Wayanad
Weeding done on SoR Plot at Panavally ,Wayanad. Weeding done on SoR Plot at Panavally ,Wayanad.

Monthly Organic Bazaar

OD-3 Jawahar Nagar, Thiruvananthapuram
Monthly Organic Bazaar

Crop Protection done at Panavally, Wayanad - Spraying Jeevamritham in SoR Field

Panavally, Wayanad
Crop Protection done at Panavally, Wayanad - Spraying Jeevamritham in SoR Field Crop Protection done at Panavally, Wayanad - Spraying Jeevamritham in SoR Field

Ploughing of SoR Field on 28th September 2014 at Panavally Wayanad.

Panavally, Wayanad
Ploughing of SoR Field on 28th September 2014 at Panavally Wayanad. Ploughing of SoR Field on 28th September 2014 at Panavally Wayanad.

Organic Rice Mela

YMCA Hall, Thiruvananthapuram
Organic Rice Mela Organic Rice Mela - an Exhibition cum Sales by Organic Bazaar

Launching of Zero Waste Centre and Organic Bazaar Outlet at Kovalam

Zero Waste Centre, RB Towers, Azhakulam, Kovalam. Thiruvananthapuram
Re launching of modified Zero Waste Centre and opening of new outlet of Organic Bazaar at Kovalam

Zero Waste Himalaya Programme

Banglore, Alappuzha, Thiruvananthapuram
Zero Waste Fellowship Training at Banglore, Alappuzha, Thiruvananthapuram

Paddy Transplantation

Wayanad
Paddy transplantation in field maintained by Save our Rice Campaign Wayanad


Who we are

Save Our Rice - A campaign to sustain rice culture in India – by creating linkages between different sectors, developing capacities to address local/ regional concerns, building ecologically sound alternative models for sustainable rice cultivation and developing a platform of people with rice as a common concern. Like in most nations across Asia, Rice is the lifeline of India and occupies a special place in the life and activities of the people in this region. Even as it carries an emotional, cultural as well as an economical value to the people of this region, as a country, it is an important component in ensuring food security and for tackling hunger. The sustained production of rice is socio-economically as well as politically linked to the conservation of paddy lands, protection of farmer livelihoods, and economic progress of the paddy farmers.

A campaign to sustain rice - Save Our Rice - was begun in the rice growing states of india, in the International Year of Rice 2004, by Thanal along with CREATE (then FEDCOT) and Sahaja Samrudha. A workshop on rice was organised at Kumbalangi in Kochi, Kerala. This originated from the larger Asia-wide campaign coordinated by Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PANAP). This first ever gathering of 60 organisations working on rice from 10 different states in India concluded with a declaration, the Kumbalangi declaration on sustaining rice, which has become the guiding document for taking the campaign forward.

What we do

The Save Our Rice Campaign has made significant contribution in the conservation of traditional paddy seeds with increase in the number of varieties of seeds revived and conserved and the number of farmers adopting the same in all states. In the case of ecological rice based cropping system, farmers of all states, especially West Bengal and Karnataka are adopting it in fairly good numbers. In Tamil Nadu farmers from various districts have adopted and are practicing organic farming with traditional seeds as a result of the Campaign intervention. One of the major annual events is the seed sharing done every year in Adirengham, Tamil Nadu.

One of the main objectives of the campaign is to build a viable marketing system for the supply of organic rice and rice based food products. In Kerala and Karnataka numerous rice melas are helping to popularize traditional rice. A major issue with rice farming is paddy land conversion. Land conversion to non agriculture purpose was and continues to be the biggest threat in the paddy farming regions. The Campaign is working on policy initiatives towards conservation of wetlands.