Journal article

Civil society organizations for sustainable agriculture: negotiating power relations for pro-poor development in India

Trent Brown

AGROECOLOGY AND SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEMS | TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC | Published : 2016

Abstract

The promotion of sustainable agriculture is a focal point for many civil society organizations (CSOs) in India, including both development NGOs and grassroots organizations. In this article, I draw on three case studies of CSOs promoting sustainable agriculture in India, in order to evaluate their potential to address contemporary agrarian issues in a pro-poor manner. I argue that, whatever the technical merits of sustainable farming systems may be, CSOs are constrained in their ability to implement these systems in a manner that directly meets the needs of the rural poor. This is largely because, in order to achieve their goals, sustainable agriculture organizations usually must forge relat..

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