[WSMDiscuss] [vikalp-sangam-list] Fwd: Indigenous in Canada turn to the land to survive coronavirus

Meenakshi Batra meenakshi.batra at cafindia.org
Mon Apr 6 13:51:51 CEST 2020

Thanks for sharing. Very useful to read this as we have been trying to set up a similar model here in Gurgaon (as consumers) with the organic farmers within 50 kms range. Some of the farmers have located customer groups across the city and are using WhatsApp groups to inform about sale days, prices and to receive orders. Its small scale but is working well. More farmers and customers can be roped in. In this case price advantage of direct sales is for both the farmers and customers.

On 06-Apr-2020, at 4:48 PM, Ashish Kothari <ashishkothari at riseup.net<mailto:ashishkothari at riseup.net>> wrote:

Friends, there is a huge lesson in this for us ... not that we can all 'go back to the land' but that the re-localisation of providing for basic needs, of sustaining liveilhoods, etc with people in communities taking their present and future in their own hands, can be a very meaningful movement arising from the current crisis. Just one of many new directions for us to imagine and practice, and where we can't ourselves practice it, at least support and advocate, for instance through building respnosible consumer links with primary producers, recognising the enormous contribution of workers on the land and in  forests and other ecosystems, crafts, industries and elsewhere to our lives, challenging political and economic structures that continue to exploit them

there was also this news from India with interesting implications, though not necessarily challenging capitalist markets per se, and with some state facilitation: https://www.foundingfuel.com/article/the-satara-uprising/

are there similar initiatives and movements elsewhere we can be inspired by and/or learn from? Can people send examples?

We hope to start a webinar/online dialogue series soon, one global thrugh the Global Tapestry of Alternatives, another for India through Vikalp Sangam ... watch this space for announcements soon!


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Subject:        Indigenous in Canada turn to the land to survive coronavirus
Date:   Sun, 5 Apr 2020 13:11:16 +0530
From:   Miloon Kothari <miloon.kothari at gmail.com><mailto:miloon.kothari at gmail.com>

Indigenous people describe leaving towns to live off the land, learning lessons about survival from elders.

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