Project Theme

Small Holder Agriculture & Climate Change

Target Group


Project Period

01 Apr 2016 - 31 Dec 2016

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Ecological, economic and social imbalances caused by the current path of development are well known and recognised. In India these gaps are hidden under the garb of evolving economy which could hold true for the upper middle class society. There are millions of deprived people in the country who are largely ignored when such assumptions are made. This is in context of economic and social imbalances. 

With respect to ecological imbalance, it could be said that all of us contributed in degrading the ecosystems and environment on the whole. As the ecosystem services that an ecosystem provides are meant for not just human beings but other biodiversity as well, it is a fact that degraded environment and collapsed ecosystems are impacting each one of us and human beings are making other species suffer. 

There are many experiments at alternatives showcasing a sustainable development path conducted by individuals, communities, organisations and the likes on subjects like sustainable farming, rural industry, participatory markets and livelihoods, community education and health approaches, decentralised governance, social justice and others. 


About the Project: 

The project aims to document existing grassroots and policy initiatives in a range of socio-economic, political and environmental arenas such as natural resource management, rural and urban livelihoods, and enterprise, alternative education and media, and community arts and crafts among others. It also aims to organise gatherings of people involved with such initiatives. A website which is up and running (www.vikalpsangam.org) is facilitating information sharing and cross learning. 

Though successful, such alternatives had limited impact on society and got least recognition. This may be because they were not documented and presented at right platforms from where their adoptability, adaptability and acceptability could be promoted. This project aims at collecting, collating, documenting and disseminating such exemplary works with to evolve common understanding and articulation of common principles and in the long run, coherent conceptual and theoretical frameworks for alternatives. 


Results to be Achieved: 

  • Documentation of case studies and website stories
  • Exhibition of Alternatives
  • Exchange of experiences and learning through Sangams/Confluences
  • Books on India Futures, Alternatives Cases, Food Alternatives for Youth


Outputs 2015-16: We have so far achieved (Achievements):

  1. Website www.vikalpsangam.org up and running with stories of initiatives on sustainable alternatives  
  2. Bijali Vikalp Sangam was organized in Bodh Gaya on 4th – 6th March 2016 
  3. Three books India Futures, Alternatives cases and Food Alternatives in various levels of finalization 


Quotes of Participants (2015-16): 

  1. It was a great effort to form a collective of like-minded individuals and groups working on various aspects of renewable energy and energy access. Hope the momentum continues and respective groups continue addressing and advocating relevant issues pertaining to this subject. – Shankar Sharma
  2. Holding on to my apprehensions, I simply wish that the renewable energy revolution does not turn out to be another green revolution which we, as a Nation, embark upon in a hasty and uninformed manner only to repent later on – Praveen Singh
  3. It was a great learning experience for me. As a research scholar at IIT-Mumbai, my study focusses on micro-grids installed in various parts of India. This vikalp sangam provided an opportunity to understand the macro issues associated with electricity sector and more. – Afsal Najeeb