Jaipur, October 5, 2017
Green Action Week-GAW (October 2-8, 2017), is a global campaign to promote sustainable consumption. Each year in October, organisations around the world take joint action to promote a common cause. 53 organisations in 29 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, North- and South America are participating in the campaign in 2017.
“Safer More Sustainable Food for All” is the campaign focus for the Green Action Week 2013-2017. Green Action Week is an initiative by the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) and is carried out in India in coordination with CUTS International based in Jaipur.
CUTS International is observing this Campaign in Jaipur city to spread awareness about organic food and farming with various activities. In order to address the gap between the supply and demand, in a smaller way, 100 kitchen gardens were developed all across Jaipur. Seed kits, Organic manure and technical inputs were provided to women’s groups to develop these kitchen gardens. In addition, various activities like cottage meetings for women, awareness meetings for school children, and the Nukkad Natak followed by Signature Campaign for common public, were conducted in various parts of Jaipur.
The campaign also aims at highlighting the problems associated with use of pesticides in farming and to drive consumer awareness and demand for organic food which is produced using sustainable techniques not damaging the health of consumers, farmers, and the wider community, or to the environment. “Sustainable production requires sustainable consumption. If you eat more organic – producers will produce more organic”, said George Cheriyan, Director, CUTS International.
This year, CUTS International is also partnering and supporting 12 organisations in 12 states, for conducting GAW campaign. The partnering states are: Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Tripura, Assam, Bihar, Maharashtra, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. This will help in creating a network of organisations working on organic farming and strengthen the advocacy for furthering the cause of organic consumption and farming, further said Mr. Cheriyan.