CBD COP11: Traditional Indian knowledge can assist climate policy

CBD COP11 (9/10/2012) – Alok Vyas, deputy director of support at the Centre for Community Economics & Development Consultants Society, talks about his organisation’s work conserving the traditional knowledge of Indian farmers and villagers.

Vyas’s organisation promotes the intersection between modern international agricultural theory, such as in organic farming, and traditional Indian agriculture. He argues that farmers know their own land and ecosystems better than government does, and they should be empowered to use their traditional knowledge to comply with national or state policies.

Vyas also feels that the Indian people should be better consulted during the creation of Indian climate policy.