A Collaborative Project
The project brings an original arts and humanities perspective to the crucial development challenges of food security, biodiversity, and climate adaptation faced by small and marginal farmers.
Focussing on South India, it explores the potential of history, film, and sound, to document and support small farmer creativity in developing resilience to these livelihood challenges.
The project contributes to the concept of ‘inclusive innovation’ pioneered by International Development at the OU and aims to
Changing Farming Lives is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK, and involves a partnership between researchers in the UK and the NGO Green Foundation in India. The research has enabled women farmers in the district of Ramanagara, Karnataka, to share for the first time their memories, ideas, and knowledges about food and farming practices. These can be found in the Oral History and Women Talk on Film sections of the website. An article about the research titled ‘Our grandmother used to sing whilst weeding: oral histories, millet food culture, and farming rituals amongst women smallholders in Ramanagara district, Karnataka’ will also be published in the journal Modern Asian Studies in 2020.
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