Below is a list of future and most recent events. Please check the archive for older events.

  • Wed
    Basudha, Odisha

    National Training in rice characterization. Supported by OFAI, Goa.

    Read report here


  • Sat
    New Delhi

    Seed Savers from all over India met in New Delhi, to discuss strategies of in situ conservation of crop geentic diversity and the means to protect the farmers' intellectual property rights from biopirates. 
     Seed savers displayed an amazing diversity of rice, millets, beans, aubergines, okra, tubers, and various other vegetables on the Aurobindo Institute campus, New Delhi.

    Read Report Here.

  • Wed

    GM-Free India and Kheti Virasat Mission of Punjab organized an anti-GMO conference for farmers and scientists at Punjabi Bhavan, Ludhiana. Dr. Vandana Shiva of Navdanya, Dr. Debal Deb of Basudha, and Rajesh of GM-Free India were the panel speakers, who elaborated (a) why GM crops are unnecessary for the country's food security, and (b) why GM crops would entail ecological and economic disaster for farmers as well as consumers.

    Read media coverage here


  • Fri
    Basudha, Odisha

    Phase 1 of the National Training for Rice Conservators will commence from  June 27 to 29 

    It will be a unique opportunity for rice farmers and conservators to learn many new aspects of Rice characterization and genetic purity maintenance from the rice conservation expert Dr. Debal Deb. The workshop commences in three phases of the year. 
    Please see the detailed structure of the training HERE for your easy reference.
  • Wed

    Gorlitz-TalkDeb visited Germany to give a keynote speech in a Conference on Computational Sustainability at the University of Applied Sciences Zittau/Görlitz (26-28 November 2014). 

  • Fri
    New Delhi

    Delhi_WildFoodA study, designed by D.Deb was published and released in Uncultivated Foods Fair in New Delhi. This is the first quantitative study of the importance of wild foods in tribal societies in two districts of southern Odisha.UCF_Poster

News & Updates

  • Rice conservaonists from the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia visit Basudha
    October 11, 2017
  • ‘Silver Rice’ paper published in ACS Journal
    August 5, 2017
  • Deb’s New Paper on Traditional Agricultural Knowledge
    June 2, 2017
  • Deb’s Talk to Punjab Farmers: Transcript
    February 18, 2017
  • Hindu Business Line Blink on Deb’s Work
    February 5, 2017
  • Laconte and Remy write on Basudha
    January 1, 2017
  • Seedling of Vitex glabrata planted in Odisha
    November 25, 2016
  • Deb’s new paper on Indigenous Conservation Ethos
    June 7, 2016
  • Basudha’s Work mentioned in OFAI Source Book
    June 1, 2016
  • Basudha Lab’s Report (Jan-Apr 2016) Published
    April 25, 2016
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Rice conservaonists from the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia visit Basudha

October 11, 2017October 11, 2017
Agroecology activists and rice conservators from the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia visited Basudha on the 9th and 10th October. The team from MASIPAG, Philippnes exchanged seeds with Basudha.

‘Silver Rice’ paper published in ACS Journal

August 5, 2017August 5, 2017
Details of silver accumulation on Garib-sal rice published in ACS journal:

Deb’s New Paper on Traditional Agricultural Knowledge

June 2, 2017June 2, 2017
Deb's new paper Folk rice varieties, traditionl knowledge and nutritional security in South Asia is published in G. Poyyamoli (ed), Agroecology, Ecosystems, and Sustainability in the Tropics. Studera Press, New Delhi.

Deb’s Talk to Punjab Farmers: Transcript

February 18, 2017February 18, 2017

Hindu Business Line Blink on Deb’s Work

February 5, 2017February 5, 2017

Laconte and Remy write on Basudha

January 1, 2017January 1, 2017
Dr. Philippe Laconte and Jean Remy wrote articles on Basudha's work on conservation and sustainability, in Reflets and Biodynamis: Cultiver la Vie.

Seedling of Vitex glabrata planted in Odisha

November 25, 2016November 25, 2016
Basudha Lab regenerated a few seedlings using tissue culture method from seeds of the last specimen of Vitex glabrata, that existed in a roadside sacred grove in Chhandar village of Bankura district of West Bengal. This Critically Endangered tree was cut down in March 2016. The first seedling was successfully transplanted in Kerandiguda village, near Basudha farm, on November 18, 2016.

Deb’s new paper on Indigenous Conservation Ethos

June 7, 2016June 7, 2016
Deb's presentation at Sombath Symposium, Bangkok is now published here. Video of the symposium can be viewed here.

Basudha’s Work mentioned in OFAI Source Book

June 1, 2016June 1, 2016
Basudha's Work and Debdulal's contribution mentioned in Shamika Mone's Source Book on Organic Seeds, published by OFAI, Goa.

Basudha Lab’s Report (Jan-Apr 2016) Published

April 25, 2016April 25, 2016
The First Quarterly Report of Basudha Biotechnology Laboratory for Conservation is published. Click to download

Deb presented agroecology before Gujarat Chief Minister

April 19, 2016April 19, 2016
Kapil Shah and D Deb were invited to gave presentation before the Chief Minister, Gujarat, to suggest (a) enlisting of agroecology experts outside of mainstream agriculture universities on faculty of the proposed Organic Agriculture University, (b) agroecological design of a demonstration plot of the university, and (c) exclusion of GMOs from the State.

Agroecology training in Chittagong, Bangladesh

April 12, 2016April 12, 2016
Deb gave agroecology training for farmers and NGOs at Chittagong, Bangladesh from 10-12 April 2016.

34 Rice Landraces Rescued from Nagaland

January 2, 2016January 2, 2016
D. Deb and Avik Saha visited the districts of Dimapur and Peren in Nagaland and rescued 34 traditional rice landraces from imminent risk of extinction from agricultural modernization.

New publication: Biochar effect on crop productivity

January 2, 2016
Recently published: "Variable effects of biochar and P solubilizing microbes on crop productivity in different soil conditions" DOI: 10.1080/21683565.2015.1118001. [Download PDF]

Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems journal mentions Basudha’s work

December 2, 2015December 2, 2015
Editorial of Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems vol. 39 (6), 2015 mentions Basudha's conservation and demonstration efforts.  [Download PDF]

New Demonstration Farm in Kashipur, West Bengal

November 28, 2015November 28, 2015
Under the auspices of Mr. Avik Saha, Basudha took over in November 2015 a new agroecological demonstration farm at Kashipur, West Bengal. This farm will (i) demonstrate agroecology and ecological fishery, and (ii) conserve multiple landraces of rice, millets, legumes and tubers.

New Study Published Showing Metal Profiles of 130 Rice Varieties

September 14, 2015September 14, 2015
In a recent issue of Current Science (10 Aug 2015), a new study on metal contents of 130 rice varieties was published, showing over 65 varieties containing high quantities of iron, and a unique variety containing a considerable amount of silver uptake and deposition in grains. This work was authored by D. Deb and Prof. T Pradeep, and Soujit Sengupta from IIT-Madras.

400 Indigenous Farmers Joining Force to Save Heirloom Seeds

May 19, 2015May 19, 2015
During a period of just 5 days, from the 13th June to 18th June, Basudha's campaign to save folk rice varieties persuaded over 400 farmer households to replace all modern rice varieties with heirloom varieties, on zero-external chemical input. D. Deb and Debdulal Bhattacharya visited 8 villages of Gendabaju and Kodisuru villages of Chandrapur block, Rayagada district of Odisha to talk with them about the value of indigenous rice varieties and the means to winning freedom from seed corporations and chemicals industry. Entire communities in these 8 villages, comprising over 400 farmer households, pledged to abandon all modern rice varieties, and grow indigenous seeds instead, on their farms. They would collect seeds free of cost from Virhi in early June. Kodisuru Gendabaju

22 Rice Landraces Rescued from Malkangiri District

March 26, 2015March 26, 2015
D. Deb surveyed 4 blocks in Odisha's Malkangiri district, and rescued 22 landraces to add to Vrihi's accession.

Biotechnology Lab for Conservation Opened in Aug 2014

August 26, 2014August 26, 2014
Basudha's Biotechnology Laboratory for Conservation opened in Kolkata on 12 August 2014, entirely funded by Mr. Avik Saha, cultural activist and lawyer, and Basudha's trustee. This laboratory is established with the explicit aim to promoting conservation of the country's biological heritage. The lab will remain engaged in studies to reveal genetic, biochemical and nutraceutical properties of folk rice varieties; and tissue culture of critically endangered plants to promote their conservation for the benefit of the local communities. This is the only lab in the country that runs on individual donations, and does not, and will not receive any institutional funding support from any governmental or corporate institutions, and is entirely aimed at biodiversity conservation. Read report in Times of India (New Delhi/Kolkata) 13 August.   [Download pdf]