Fishing in the Shadow of A Megacity

Fishing in the Shadow of a Megacity: Delhi and its ‘unseen’ fisherfolks

For the last few years, we have dedicated our efforts to understand and discuss the various aspects of urban and periurban farming in the context of urban ecology, green livelihood, climate crisis and knowledge politics. Through discussions with various citizen groups over the years, we realised that there is a good number of people in cities who either practise urban farming (including cultivation, terrace gardening, waste composting, animal husbandry, fishing, and so on) or have been studying these activities. However, what we found lacking was the lack of systematic understanding of its role, significance and future in our urban policies. For example, many terrace farmers have a nuanced understanding of the environment and urban living, but they are not keen about bringing institutional changes in urban planning and create a program for societal change.

To bridge this gap, we decided to conduct more in-depth research covering diverse forms of urban agriculture in the cities of India. In this connection, we started our research with Delhi as a case study. We published the book ‘Paridrishya Se Adrishya Hoti Kheti’ based on the experience of a year-long grassroots research. In our knowledge, this is the first of its kind report that presents a rich survey of the urban farming community in an Indian city and their practices. The book presents a detailed description of the different ways of farming and the challenges being faced in different areas within the administrative boundary of Delhi.

Considering the size of the report, wide public distribution was not possible. To avoid this restriction on sharing our findings with as many people as possible, we further worked on the major dimensions of urban farming and published thematic booklets on several themes. We were also aiming to share in its most vibrant form what we saw during our field visits. The resulting publications are the result of honest and intense collective efforts contributed by many people. Hopefully, these booklets will help take forward the issue of urban farming and bringing due attention. We also hope that it will meet the expectations of diverse readers and they will support us in the wider circulation of this information.

We are making these booklets available in both Hindi and English languages which are available on our website- www.prcindia.in. You can also send us an email on prcindia@yahoo.com for printed copies of the booklets.

We look forward to your reviews and feedback.

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