Learning and Farming – An Indian View

Learning and Farming plays a very critical role in life of individual as well as society says Claude Alvares.

He claims that though they seem separate, in reality, they are deeply interconnected.

Claude laments the fact that the way multinational corporations, for their vested interest, are destroying native agricultural practices. He also grieves over how modern educational institutions have destroyed innate learning capacities of students. He emphasize how by returning back to soil (and manual work) will enhance overall education.

This video was made available by India Inspires on Youtube.

The Permaculture Research Insitute

PRI Zaytuna Farm functions as a model farm (in development) and permaculture training facility. Geoff and Nadia Lawton, world-renowned permaculture educators and consultants, lead the project. Much of Geoff and Nadia’s time over the last few years has been spent away from the Institute, consulting and helping set up projects in diverse locales around the world. Seeing the worldwide demand for knowledgeable permaculture consultants and teachers increase exponentially, as fuel and fertiliser prices skyrocket and the effects of climate change, soil depletion and water shortages begin to hit hard, priority and focus is now shifting back to the Institute, where growing the training program will increase the output of quality teachers to help fill the growing need for them.


  1. A fascinating and challenging perspective on life, farming, education and institutionalization in “modern”, “developed” industrialised culture. Thanks for the post!

  2. On a final note, Mr Claude ends, up with two notes, a) spend time with your kids b) grow something in every home. Those are 2 practical things a person can follow.

    But the all Mr Claude’s criticism of inefficiency in modern agriculture and educational practices, are attributed, to two main things a) Globalization b) Few Capitalist taking the charge in the globalisation era, to maximise their profits or INTERESTS.

    But Mr Claude does not understand,that modern day INdians are confused people, who just care about their family. They do not care about their neighbours, or their town or city or country. This is NOT the case in a Western or Russian or Japanese or Even Chinese society.

    So NO PROGRESS is possible until We INdians learn the meaning of Brotherhood. Of course it cannot be taught in schools. But would be glad if Mr Claude understands the fundamental lack of unity among Indians. We complete only with our Neighbours.

    Also please note, Green Revolution, suceeded only in Mexico and INdia. Because of the excess Nitrogen/Ammonia based fertiliser substances, which were produced in excess in second world war.

    Good man, Mr Claude. In pursuite of Perfection. He lists the problem. I do not see anyone who can resolve it but for the Joint efforts by Russia and China.

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