Ecological Agriculture

Consumption of unbalanced, less nutritious and unsafe food leads to poor health. After the onslaught of Green Revolution the cropping pattern has changed drastically. Wheat, rice and cotton are grown as the major crops. This pattern is a serious deviation from the tradition where farmers managed everything from within the village except kerosene oil and salt, as a woman put it.

When they are growing only cash crops they are heavily dependent on cash to procure all other necessities of life that has seriously hampered their access to balanced, nutritious and healthy foods. The backbone of Pakistan economy is agriculture but unfortunately millions of small farmers are food insecure.

With empowerment of women farmers as the overarching aim, food sovereignty, ecological agriculture, chemical free and safe environment and equitable distribution of food are the major objectives of Khoj partnership with rural communities.

Khoj responds to the situation in a variety of ways.

Action and policy research, campaigns against the hazards of chemical pesticides, community pesticide action monitoring, working with farmers on ecological agriculture and ecological kitchen gardening, documentation of indigenous knowledge, publishing awareness materials on alternatives to chemical pesticides, organizing festivals and melas to revive healthy food consumption, development of curricula, educational and extension materials around agricultural issues are some of the activities to offer a holistic response to the marginalized rural communities.

Khoj has more than 40 publications on agriculture to its credit.

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Oxfam Pakistan Field Office, Canadian International Development Agency, Royal Netherlands Embassy, Save the Children UK and PAN Asia & Pacific, Malaysia are some of the partners in work.

The Founder of Khoj won an FAO award for her services in the field in 1998.