Joan Walley MP chairs seminar at Garden Organic
Joan Walley MP, Chair of the Environment Audit Select Committee chaired P. Sainath's seminar; "When farmers die: Inequality and agrarian distress" here at Garden Organic, in Coventry last week.
The seminar was organised by Coventry University's Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience and charted the plight of India's modern day farmers. Between 1995-2013, Sainath estimates that around 300,000 Indian farmers have taken their own lives, 47% higher than the rest of the population, as a result of the onslaught of corporate agriculture and the modern day cash crop. You can read more about the crisis here.
P.Sainath is the winner of the 2007 Ramon Magsaysay Award (widely regarded as Asia’s Nobel Prize) for Journalism, Literature and Creative Communications Arts. He was the first reporter in the world to win Amnesty International’s Global Human Rights Journalism Prize in its inaugural year in 2000. Sainath’s book Everybody Loves a Good Drought (Penguin India, 1996) has remained a non-fiction bestseller by an Indian author for years and was declared a Penguin Classic in 2012.