The Centre for Environment and Food Security CEFS

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About: The Centre for Environment and Food Security (CEFS) was founded in April, 2001 by some eminent scholars, writers, environmentalists, scientists and activists like Prof. Ashis Nandy, Dr. Kamla Chowdhry, Dr. Pradipto Roy, Mr. Anupam Mishra, Prof. P. S. Ramakrishnan, Dr. T. N. Khoshoo, Mr. P.N.Singh and Mr. Parshuram Ray. CEFS was founded with the broad objective of knowledge-based activism on the issues of poverty, hunger, food security, sustainable livelihoods, sustainable development and ecological security. Research, Advocacy and Campaign on these issues is the core mandate of this NGO based in New Delhi. Parshuram Ray is the Founder Director of CEFS.

CEFS is currently carrying out a research and advocacy project on the political economy of hunger in Adivasi areas of India. In last three years, CEFS has been documenting and carrying out secondary research on the issues of hunger and poverty in tribal areas of India, globalization, agrarian distress, farmers’ suicides and the challenge of sustainable development and sustainable livelihoods.

The main aims and objectives of the Centre for Environment and Food Security include:

  • To promote study and research on environment and food security to create awareness and knowledge among the people.
  • To disseminate environment and food security knowledge among the people by conducting training programs and holding lectures, workshops and seminars.
  • To implement and encourage all kinds of projects, plans and programs for promoting ecological balance and food security.
  • To build a resource centre on environment, food security and sustainable livelihoods.
  • To mobilize people and build a network of grassroot organizations, civil society groups, NGOs, activists and experts for promoting sustainable development and food security.
  • To publish books, research papers, monographs and occasional papers on environment and food security related issues.
  • To carry out intensive campaign with media for covering and highlighting the issues of environment and food security.
  • To promote strategies for conservation of natural and human-managed biodiversity, which have implications for food and human security for all sections of the society, especially societies living close to nature and natural resources.

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