Dignified Living for Farmers

Food Systems

How can we combine empathy for those growing our food with a deep understanding of what makes food systems work?

India's Food System Challenges

India has about 1.34 billion people today and is expected to peak at about 1.7 billion in the 2060s. Feeding this enormous population is a major challenge. Doing so as we face water scarcity and climate change is an even bigger challenge. Meanwhile, a deepening agrarian crisis demonstrates that those growing our food aren’t benefiting from increased demand. How can we ensure a dignified life for Indian farmers while making sure that the Indian population has access to nutritious and safe food? How can that be done while understanding that climate change will upset all our calculations?

Goa Workshop

A dignified and secure living income should be the right of every hardworking agricultural household. With that goal in mind, Socratus helped co-organize a workshop on farm income in Goa in August, in collaboration with ASHA, BKS and Fields of View.

Food Systems as a Wicked Problem

“Defy any standard attempt to find a solution because it is a symptom or result of multiple, contingent, and conflicting issues.”

Fertilizer Subsidy

India’s fertiliser subsidy bill is on an average Rs. 71,430 crore rupees per year, 2.35% of the total budgetary outlays of Union Government in 2020-21. Why has this system evolved so and what entrenched interests keep it as such?

Water

We can’t address water scarcity without incorporating electricity subsidies that make extracting water free but sporadic; the caste structure of access to water and increasing urbanization that brings new demands for water use.

Nutrition

India has the most stunted children in the world. How can we deliver adequate protein to their growing bodies without expanding a massive factory farming complex?