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Appropriate Technology is a magazine published from the UK. A widely read development journal, it focuses on issues related to development; the transfer of skills and technology; the development of small businesses; agriculture; about processing, distribution and marketing of food and other products. It features constructive innovations, new policies, and technologies which are leading to improved incomes for urban and rural families, to more sustainable production from the land, and to the alleviation of poverty. The magazine is edited by the former editor of International Agricultural Development, David Dixon -- the well known farming journalist and BBC broadcaster.
  Appropriate Technology
Editor : David Dixon
Annual contribution : $104
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In May 1992, the Society for Environmental Communications started India’s only science and environment fortnightly, Down To Earth (DTE). Over the years the magazine has informed and inspired people about environmental threats facing India and the world -- a dimension underplayed in mainstream media. Circulation figures are not a true indicator of the wide reach of the magazine: DTE has become a reading habit in 400 out of about 500 districts of the country -- more than any other Indian newspaper or magazine.

DTE’s sphere of influence is not just limited to India. Numerous readers across the world rely on the magazine for a comprehensive view from the South on the most critical issues of human existence. The online version of DTE is an effort to reach more people and to use all the interactive elements that the new medium has to offer.
  Down To Earth
Editor : Sunita Narain
Annual Subscription : Rs. 600
Phone No :+91-11 29955124, 29956110, 29956394
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Society for Environmental Communications
41, Tughlakabad Institutional Area
New Delhi - 110062, India
The publishers wish that the magazine’s content will hopefully contribute to mainstreaming the endogenous development approach. The book is published by the COMPAS Network.
  Endogenous Development Magazine
Editor : Claire Boonzaaijer
Annual Subscription : Rs. 600
Phone : 9811787772
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P.O. Box 64
3830 AB Leusden The Netherlands
Grassroots is a monthly journal published in Hindi and English to disseminate and promote reportage on the human condition. A Tamil edition commenced in March 2005. Grassroots contains a wide range of articles commissioned by PII, and some reprinted from newspapers.

PII is currently giving priority to promoting human development journalism, with emphasis on the panchayat movement, rural reporting, education, biotechnology, economics issues and women’s empowerment. This is to encourage coverage of vital issues affecting the lives of the majority of our people, neglected by the mass media.

Editor : Sangeetha Rajeesh
Annual Subscription : Rs. 180
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RIND Premises, Second Main Road
Taramani CPT Campus
Chennai – 600 113
Infochange Agenda has been conceived as a quarterly dossier that informs civil society on crucial issues of sustainable development and social justice, issues that are being pushed into the margins. It is designed to enable concerned citizens in India to marshal salient information, perspectives and reportage, so that they can clarify their ideas and participate in drawing up an agenda for a more equitable and sustainable world.

  Infochange Agenda
Editors : Hutokshi Doctor, John Samuel
Annual Subscription : Rs. 240
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Centre for Communication and Development Studies
301, Kanchanjunga Building
Kanchan Lane, Off Law College Road,
Pune – 411 004

Seedling is GRAIN’s quarterly magazine which provides background articles, news, interviews and much more on the issues GRAIN is working on. GRAIN is an international non-profit organisation which promotes the sustainable management and use of agricultural biodiversity based on people’s control over genetic resources and local knowledge.

Seedling is available free both in paper format and on GRAIN’s website (

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Girona 25, pral.,
Barcelona E-08010, Spain

Sopan is a bilingual monthly published in Hindi and English by India Foundation for Rural Development Studies (Infords) in Delhi. Mission of the magazine is to ensure that voice of the rural people is heard and that it becomes the driving force for development of the whole nation. Infords is a partnership between media professionals, cooperatives and institutions having direct interface with the rural economy. Well-studied articles published in the journal depict the other side of development.

Editor : K.A. Badarinath
Annual Subscription : Rs. 240
Phone : 011- 41607472
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Sopanstep, INFORDS, Room No. 406, 49-50
Red Rose Building, Nehru Place,
New Delhi - 110 019
BIJA – the seed is a journal published quarterly by the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology (RFSTE) and Navadanya. The journal contains articles on seed, food and water rights, organic farming and conservation of biodiversity, as well as news about the Navadanya and Slow Food Movement.   BIJA – the seed
Editor : Dr. Vandana Shiva
Annual contribution : Rs.150
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A-60, Hauz Khas,
New Delhi 110 016
Civil SocietyCivil Society is a monthly development magazine published from Delhi. The Publisher says that the magazine was launched to prove that it is possible and worthwhile for journalists to build small business in print. The journal’s objective is to tell the stories of change-bringers, ordinary folk doing their own thing and making life a lot better for themselves and others. It was also meant to capture the voices of those who go unheard –such as the people who unfairly lose their land to industry or tribal communities whose rights and aspirations are trodden upon or the middle class with its newfound concern for better governance.
  Civil Society
Editor : Rita Anand
Annual Subscription : Rs. 600
Phone : 9811787772
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E-2144, Palam Vihar,
Gurgaon - 122 017
This annual bulletin is brought out by South Against Genetic Engineering (SAGE), a coalition of civil society activists, farmers, scientists, academicians and consumer groups of four Southern States of India namely Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. SAGE has been waging a concerted battle against genetic engineering through a series of activities that involve public protests, media actions, seminars, consultations and publication of a series of education materials.

Since a year, SAGE has been bringing out its fortnightly edition of GE Bulletin, trying to look at issues and threats weaved around genetic engineering. The annual edition has been brought out to mark the completion of one year of SAGE-GE Bulletin.
  Compilation of SAGE-GE Bulletin
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South Against Genetic Engineering
Deccan Development Society
#101, Kishan Residency, Street No 5
Hyderabad, – 500 016
Andhra Pradesh
Low External Input and Sustainable Agriculture (LEISA) is about the technical and social options open to farmers who seek to improve productivity and income in an ecologically sound way. ILEIA, The Netherlands and its Indian partner organisation, AME Foundation, Bangalore, document and publish experiences on Low External Input Sustainable Agriculture through LEISA India. Starting as a supplement to the global LEISA magazine, LEISA India emerged as an independent Indian edition from 1999 onwards.   LEISA India
Editor : K.V.S. Prasad
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South Against Genetic Engineering
Deccan Development Society
#101, Kishan Residency, Street No 5
Hyderabad, – 500 016
Andhra Pradesh
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India Together India Together (IT) is an electronic publication devoted to coverage of public affairs, policy, and development in India, providing news in proportion to the country's broad development experiences.

The publication is edited and published by two lead editors, Subramaniam Vincent and Ashwin Mahesh who are also the cofounders. India Together runs at least one article each day, covering over 15 major topics and themes ranging from government and poverty to agriculture and environment.

India Together
1677, 17th Main Road
J P Nagar II Phase
Bangalore 560078 InfoChange News & Features is a four-year-old online resource base that provides news, views, perspectives and debates on crucial issues of sustainable development and social justice in India and South Asia. It brings into sharp focus agents and avenues of change.

The website aims to inform readers on issues that are increasingly being pushed into the margins by the mainstream media. It seeks to enable readers to marshal facts, opinions and perspectives on rights and development issues, so that they can participate in drawing up an agenda for a more equitable and sustainable world.

InfoChange News & Features is managed by the Centre for Communication and Development Studies (CCDS), a social change resource centre focusing on the research and communication of information for change.

Centre for Communication and Development Studies (CCDS)
301, 2nd floor
Kanchan junga Bldg
Kanchan Lane
Pune 411 004, India is a media watch website launched in 2001 by the Media Foundation, New Delhi. The Hoot delivers a targeted audience of journalists, university teachers, NGOs, journalism students, media researchers here and abroad, and media consumers who are keenly interested in media issues.

This portal is the outcome of the concern felt by a group of practicing journalists at some recent trends in journalism in the Indian subcontinent. It is an attempt to revive a concern for media ethics, restore focus on development in this part of the world, and preserve press freedom. The office bearers say that the portal will attempt to hold a mirror to the way journalists practice their craft in this region. It would also be devoted to examining issues of accuracy, fairness, right to information, censorship, and the responsibility of the media. The write-ups here aim at journalists, users of the media including lay readers and viewers, and students and teachers of journalism and communications. Particularly for the last group, as for media professionals, it attempts to bring together several relevant links and readings. It also attempts to provide tools for communities and individuals to interact with the media.

Activities of Media Foundation aim to promote, support, encourage and undertake social science, statistical and scientific research pertaining to the print, electronic, film and other media with a view to enhancing and strengthening their freedom and independence; to uphold constitutional freedom of speech, expression and information; and to encourage freedom in society and enhance the quality of life through media and process of communication.

The Hoot
Flat 2B, 1/23 Shantiniketan,
New Delhi 110021
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web : The idea for the site was born in 1996 when D.V. Sridharan noticed that many Indians doing good work, were going unnoticed by the public. In 1999, the site was conceived and Good News India went online with 3 pages of content. As the publisher and one-man team behind, Sridharan started the site to highlight positive issues that do not get fair coverage in mainstream media.

Sridharan, is all passion for tracking down the unsung heroes of the Indian society. And they are all tucked away in inaccessible rural areas and Sridharan features them on this website.

He has traveled over 40,000 km across India and has met hundreds of under-reported achievers and has narrated their stories on his Web site. All his reports are well researched and have photographs to go with them. Apart from driving directions, he also gives background information and related history of the region and such activities in many of his reports. He travels alone and as soon as he gets some leads from a particular region, he packs his bags and heads for the place.

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In this collection, Rajni Bakshi explores the world and lives of twelve such people who have turned their backs on lucrative professions to embark on a search for practical and humane ways of political and social transformation, rooted in the faith that a new India with prosperity for all can be built on the strengths of cooperation and community. In Rajasthan, for instance, through a rare community effort, villagers make a creative livelihood instead of migrating to urban slums; in Andhra, impoverished weavers gain new life by reviving their dying craft; in Bhagalpur, Bihar, a movement is launched to ‘liberate’ mother Ganga.
(Excerpts from the blurb)
  Bapu Kuti
Jouneys in Rediscovery of Gandhi
Author : Rajni Bakshi
Price: Rs. 250/-

Penguin Books India (P) Ltd.,
11 Community Centre,
Panchasheel Park,
New Delhi - 110 017

The book discusses Narendranath's experiences in organic and chemical farming, the problems faced by farmers in water, electricity, markets, etc, and his efforts to mobilize farmers, especially on electricity. It discusses issues related to livestock, forest, healthy food and lifestyle, problems of agricultural workers who belong by and large to the Scheduled Castes and Naren's efforts to mobilize people against untouchability and pressure government to carry out land reforms. It describes the plight of artisans and service castes, and lastly, discusses the farming sector in the international context, talks about alternatives and naren's thought on creative, constructive action needed.

It is the English version of ITLU OKA RAITU (Telugu) published by Hyderabad Book Trust in the year 2008.

Also read:

– A Personal Story

Author: Gorrepati Narendra Nath
Edited and Supplemented by Uma Shankari
Price: Rs. 120

Published by
Vasudhaiva Kutumbkam Publication (P) Ltd,
XC - 7, Saha Vikas Apts,
Plot no 68, IP Extension,
Patparganj, Delhi- 110 092,

Copies are also available at:
Hyderabad Book Trust
Plot No. 85, Balaji Nagar, Gudimalkapur,
Hyderabad 500 067
Ph 2352 1849/9441559721

A book titled Krishikara Kaige Lekhani (in Kannada, means pen to farmers' hand), edited by Mr. Shree Padre, offers practical tips for a beginner in an altogether different  approach to Farm Journalism . It analyses the drawbacks and deficiencies of present day formula writings that incorporate meager or no first-hand – information from farmer’s fields. Calling upon the writer to recognize the time-tested experiences of farmers, it focuses the need to pick-up the right kind of subject and source in order to effectively cater a fellow farmer’s information needs.

Six experienced Journalists have written 14 chapters of this book. Main topics covered are - identifying the subject , preparations to write, types of articles, feature writing and  improvisation, restraints and care to be taken while writing, need to thoroughly recheck the information, development journalism, nose for news, news-pegs for development features, impact of development writings,  how to shoot lively farm related photographs . A few ‘tell-tale’ pictures are also included as illustrations in the chapter on photography.

In fact, the contents are by and large essence of the syllabus of different "Pen to Farmers' Hand" training programmes conducted by ‘Adike Pathrike. At the end, two annexures – one on these workshops and another, a feature in leading Malayalam daily, written on Adike Pathrike’s novel experiment, are included.

  Krishikara Kaige Lekhani

Editor: Shree Padre
Price: Rs. 35

Farmer First Trust
C/o Adike Patrike, Bhat Building
Yelmudi, Puttur - 574 201
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This collection of essays by some of the most prominent environmental journalists in India and South Asia gives deep insights into their profession and its need and relevance in society. The varied background of the writers ensures the showcasing of a wide range of realities and experiences from the field.

  The Green Pen

Editors: Keya Acharya Fredrick Noronha
Price: Rs. 395

SAGE Publications India Pvt Ltd
B1/I-1 Mohan Cooperative Industrial Area
Mathura Road, New Delhi – 110 044

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