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Taking agroecology to scale: the Zero Budget Natural Farming peasant movement in Karnataka, India

Taking agroecology to scale: the Zero Budget Natural Farming peasant movement in Karnataka, India

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Taking agroecology to scale: the Zero Budget Natural Farming peasant movement in Karnataka, India

Ashlesha Khadse, Peter Michael Rosset, Helda Morales & Bruce G. Ferguson

This paper analyzes how peasant movements scale up agroecology. It specifically
examines Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF), a grassroots peasant agroecology
movement in Karnataka, India. ZBNF ends reliance on purchased inputs and loans
for farming, positioning itself as a solution to extreme indebtedness and suicides
among Indian farmers. The ZBNF movement has achieved massive scale not only
because of effective farming practices, but because of a social movement dynamic –
motivating members through discourse, mobilizing resources from allies, selforganized
pedagogical activities, charismatic and local leadership, and generating a
spirit of volunteerism among its members. This paper was produced as part of a selfstudy
process in La Via Campesina, the global peasant movement.