As we help farmers towards sustainability, we ensure that future generation of children will be able to go to school.Problems faced by farmers:
- Dry land in a semi-arid region: no rain for 8 months of the year
- Mono-cropping of rice for years results in impoverished soil
- Prior overuse of chemical fertilizers
- Lack of understanding of water conservation methods
- Deforestation and very shallow topsoil (5 inches or less)
- Diminished and irregular monsoon season
- Harvesting difficulty as a result of monsoon irregularities
- Adverse impact of climate change on farming practices
- Phased reintroduction of effective, proven and traditional organic farming methods under dry land (semi-arid) farming situations. New technologies to counteract drought and increase crop productivity.
- Training of poor and marginal farmers in the knowledge and skills related to organic farming technologies. 200 farmers in 6 villages were trained.
- Ten Farmer Self Help Groups formed into the 'Marudham' federation. Its goals are:
- To improve farming methods through the exchange of knowledge and sharing of resources
- To facilitate borrowing micro-loans
- Training of farmers in preparation and utilization of various organic products such as vermicompost, panjakavium and herbal pesticides
- A combined fodder crop/livestock farming system for increased income and sustainability Tree-planting to induce appropriate micro-climate in the crop area and provide fodder for livestock as well as supplementary income from the sale of timber.