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Sustainable agriculture and food security are necessary to the economic well-being of small and marginal farmers in rural India.

BACKGROUND

Excessive use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides has increased the cost of crop production in the region. Farmers are unable to get good returns on their investments, leading them into debt traps. In addition to affecting the farmers economically and socially, the excessive use of chemicals also damages soil fertility and results in unhealthy crop, affecting human health and the environment.

Continuous depletion of ground water and unreliable rains are becoming a grave threat to small-scale farming. Overwhelmed by the challenges, many farmers in India are driven to suicide.

HOW WE ARE HELPING

Food Security

Organic Farming

 

Water Management

 

OUR 360° COMMUNITY DRIVEN DEVELOPMENT APPROACH

Our Organic Farming program is catching on as the farmers share their stories of improved yield and increased profits with neighbors and friends. Some have set up demo farms on the sides of highways to attract further public attention, as they have realized the importance of organic cultivation to health and environmental sustainability. Besides the regular trainings, monitoring visits and constant mentoring, our farmers are taken on to exposure visits to other organizations to learn different methods of increasing soil fertility, bacterial composition and better crop. At the heart of this program is transforming the farmers into organic ambassadors.

Farmer groups contribute 70% of the cost of a tank de-siltation program, which shows the level of their involvement and therefore, the depth of their understanding on the significant social, environmental and economic benefits through this activity. De-siltation committees are trained in program management and implementation, and it is they who lead the project under guidance from Bala Vikasa. Once completed, they show initiative in taking up extensive tree plantation in their schools, homes, shared spaces and farms.