Household Agriculture Livelihoods

Household Agriculture Livelihoods

PAHSTA values the rural farming communities as professionals in their own farming environment, and using a participatory agro-ecological approach, promotes household agricultural production and productivity. PAHSTA thus underscores:

  1.  Infusion of the positive local/indigenous knowledge and co-creating practices, with modern scientific agronomy.
  2. Use of organic fertilizers and pesticides, which are also environment friendly, have an edge over promotion of the use of modern chemical fertilizers and pesticides that have adverse temporary or permanent ecological effects on our environment, both locally and also globally.
  3. Planting of new trees and also promoting Farmer-Managed Natural Regeneration amongst the poor subsistence farmers as a simple, sustainable land and environment restoration method to increase foliage, fruit and timber production; contribute to poverty and hunger alleviation, while promoting resilience to climate extremes.
  4.  Diversification of enterprises to eliminate total dependence on food production for all household needs
  5. Use of farmer-managed local seeds, acclimatized to their own local agroecology. This gives the farmers seed sovereignty, as opposed to colonizing farming, where technocrats impress upon the farmers use of inorganic fertilizers pesticides, and GMO seeds. In spite of their high productivity and improved resistance to certain diseases and pests, the GMO seeds, on the contrary:
  • have terminator genes that inhibit the plants to reproduce seeds 
  • can also get cross-pollinated with local seed varieties and likely get transposed on the local seeds, and make them take on the characteristics of the GMO seeds, and eventually lead to production of local seeds with terminator genes.
  • have not been much researched on for their possible long-term relationship and effects with/on other living organisms, including humans, and their physical environment.
  • can as well can have possibilities of creating their own diseases, pests, and demands on soil fertility.