Events

 

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

  • Sat
    22
    Jun
    2013
    Sun
    23
    Jun
    2013
    New Basudha, Kerandiguda

    National Training in rice characterization, on Basudha campus.

    Read report here

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  • Wed
    28
    Aug
    2013
    Thu
    29
    Aug
    2013
    Hyderabad
    D. Deb participated and presented in Open Source Seed Systems workshop in Hyderabad, organized by the Centre for Sustainable Agriculture.
  • Mon
    02
    Sep
    2013
    15:00 - 19:00Badu, West Bengal

    D Deb gave a talk for environmental activists in Paschim Banga Khet Majur Samiti at Badu on ecological agriculture and livelihoods of the poor.

  • Tue
    10
    Sep
    2013
    Thu
    12
    Sep
    2013
    Jeypore, Odisha

    D. Deb gave field training to farmers in preserving genetic purity of folk rice varieties in two villages of Jeypore Block, Koraput district. The program was organized by the Living Farms, Odisha, as part of a Folk Rice Conservation project in Jeypore tract.

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  • Sat
    21
    Sep
    2013
    Basudha, Odisha

    D. Deb gave training to 80 farmers of Rayagada district in techniques of on-farm conservation of local rice land races.

     

  • Tue
    24
    Sep
    2013
    10:00 - 16:00Koraput
    D. Deb gave a presentation on Indigenous Food and Farming Systems to 500 tribal farmers from Koraput, Malkangiri, Rayagada, Navrangpur and Kalahandi districts at a farmers' program Koraput.
  • Tue
    15
    Oct
    2013
    Sat
    19
    Oct
    2013
    Basudha, Odisha

    National Training for Rice Conservators - Phase II on Basudha farm.

    Read report here

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  • Wed
    25
    Dec
    2013
    Thu
    02
    Jan
    2014
    Basudha, Odisha

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

    Read report here

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  • Sat
    08
    Mar
    2014
    Sun
    09
    Mar
    2014
    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
    12
    Mar
    2014
    Ludhiana

    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

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  • Fri
    27
    Jun
    2014
    Sun
    29
    Jun
    2014
    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
    26
    Nov
    2014
    Fri
    28
    Nov
    2014

    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
    12
    Dec
    2014
    Sun
    14
    Dec
    2014
    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

  • Fri
    06
    Feb
    2015
    6:00 pmCommunity Revival Foundation, Kalikapur, Kolkata - 99

    Community Revival Foundation organized a festival of Jhumur songs, Baul songs and Chhou dance on the 6th Feb evening.

  • Sat
    07
    Feb
    2015
    Kashipur Kishor Bharati School

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    A wide diversity of food crops - rice, beans, gourds, aubergines and tubers - were displayed and cooked. Most of the visitors, who arrived from different villages and towns, tasted these food items for the first time. 

  • Sun
    15
    Feb
    2015
    10:00 am - 8:30 pmKalikapur

    Community Revival Foundation and Basudha organized an open Slow Food Festival on the 15th February from 10 am to 8:30 pm. A dozen of heirloom rice varieties, and a plethora of varieties of eggplant, beans, millets, dioscorid tubers, etc were showcased and cooked for tasting by everyone. Small samples of rice were sold to visitors, who came from 8 districts of Bengal.

     

  • Sat
    28
    Feb
    2015
    Mon
    02
    Mar
    2015
    Chandigarh

    The 5th National Organic Farming Convention was held at Chandigarh from February 28 to March 2, 2015.

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  • Wed
    11
    Mar
    2015
    Fri
    13
    Mar
    2015
    Basudha, Odisha

    D. Deb gave training in sustainable agriculture to a team of NGOs from Bangladesh, supported by Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung.
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  • Fri
    03
    Apr
    2015
    4:00 pmKhanakul, Bardhaman

    D. Deb and Avik Saha visited potato farmers to discuss the means to escape from the agrochemical treadmill for a sustainable agriculture.

  • Sat
    11
    Apr
    2015
    4:30 pm - 7:00 pmKalikapur

    Basudha Study Circle - New Series begun in Kolkata

    TopicAnimal Behaviour and Evolution

    SpeakerDebal Deb

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    See Track Record of Study Circle Talks here

  • Tue
    08
    Dec
    2015
    Thu
    10
    Dec
    2015
    9 am - 5 pmBasudha, Odisha

    The Phase III of National Training in Rice Conservation Methods will take place at Basudha in Rayagada district, Odisha. 

  • Sat
    19
    Dec
    2015
    4:00 pm - 7:00 pmEkatré, 186A Kalikapur Canal Road, Kolkata 700099

    Prof. Philippe Leconte, physicist, will talk on “Nuclear Energy from the Point of View of Information” at Ekatré (1st Floor), 186 A, Kalikapur Canal Road, Kolkata 700099. 

  • Sun
    27
    Mar
    2016
    Tue
    29
    Mar
    2016
  • Basudha, Odisha

    A 3-day Training program on Agroecology: Principles and Practices was held on Basudha campus. After the training, certificates of competence was awarded to 11 participants.

  • Sun
    10
    Apr
    2016
    Tue
    12
    Apr
    2016
    Chittagong, Bangladesh

    D Deb gave a 3-day Training in Agroecology Principles at Research Initiatives Bangladesh at their Chittagong office and on a farm field. This was supported by Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung.

     

  • Thu
    14
    Apr
    2016
    Dhaka, Bangladesh

    Organic food activists of Bangladesh, including Delwar Jahan and Tariq Rahman, invited D Deb to talk on ecological economics, cultural and agrarian issues. 

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  • Sun
    17
    Apr
    2016
    Mon
    18
    Apr
    2016
    Ahmedabad

    Arya Sanskruti, in collaboration with Heritage Venture Lab of Gujarat University, held an exhibition of India's heritage of cultural and biological diversity. 1200 rice landraces, from procured form Basudha and Sambhav, were displayed. Deb presented the value of folk rice varieties in local cultures and food security.IMG_20160418_203340440IMG_20160418_203748715Silver-report

  • Fri
    09
    Sep
    2016
  • Sun
    06
    Nov
    2016
    16:00 - 20:00Basudha Biotechnology Laboratory for Conservation, Kolkata

    Dr. D. Deb trains student-researchers in statistical methods for biological application.

  • Mon
    21
    Nov
    2016
    Fri
    25
    Nov
    2016
    9:30 - 18:00Basudha Biotechnology Laboratory for Conservation, Kolkata

    Hands-on Training in Molecular Biology methods and techniques will be held for 5 days (November 21 to 25, 2016) at Basudha Biotechnology Laboratory for Conservation at Kalikapur, Kolkata. Contact us for details. Dr. Manjari Mazumdar, Dr. Avik Ray and Dr. Sujata Guha will be the faculty.

  • Sat
    01
    Apr
    2017
    3 - 6 pmEkatré 2nd Floor, Kalikapur, Kolkata 700099

    The first Basudha Study Circle talk of this year will be held on the 1st April 2017.

    Speaker: Prof. Soumita Banerjee.

    Topic: "Science in Ancient India: Reality versus Myth"

    Venue: Ekatre 2nd Floor, Kalikapur, Kolkata 700099

    Time: 3 to 6 pm. 

     

  • Sat
    03
    Jun
    2017
    18:00 to 20:00Basudha, Ekatre

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    Flute recital by Sri Gour Pal. Organised by Basudha and Community Revival Foundation, Kolkata.

News & Updates

  • 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
  • Deb presented agroecology before Gujarat Chief Minister
    April 19, 2016
  • Agroecology training in Chittagong, Bangladesh
    April 12, 2016
  • 34 Rice Landraces Rescued from Nagaland
    January 2, 2016
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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.  http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21683565.2015.1025894  [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]