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Reaping the Organic crops with big smiles

      The Savyava Bhagya Yojane(Organic Village Program) was initiated in 5 villages of Kanakapura during the beginning of this year in collaboration with the Karnataka State Agriculture Department. Janadhanya Farmers Federation supplied the seeds for this cropping season and field staff from GREEN Foundation provided guidance to the community on the sustainable agricultural practices.

 

 

Powered by Nature - Organic Inputs

Organic inputs are an integral part of sustainable agriculture and alternatives to chemical fertilizers and pesticides playing an active role in the act of eco-intensification. A fertile soil should have the right porosity, water holding capacity and organic matter in addition to containing all the essential nutrients required for plant growth.  Organic inputs use the crop waste materials, animal manure and other plant parts strengthening the interdependence of agriculture, agro forestry and animal husbandry.

Promoting Rural Entrepreneurship - Producer Groups

As part of Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana(MKSP), Producer Groups have been set up in GREEN’s project area with the goal of providing alternative income generating opportunities to strengthen the rural economy. These agricultural producer groups consist of 10-20 women members trained by the GREEN Foundation to effectively manage the day-to-day functioning of the group.  

Mahila Samvada 2014

Mahila Samvada, a set of interactive capacity building programs for rural women farmers were conducted in the month of August from 19th to 25th, totalling 5 batches in 5 days. The dates on which these capacity building training sessions were conducted are 19th, 20th, 23rd, 24th and 25th. The participants of these trainings included 2 SHG members from each total 128 SHGs of 11 different Panchayats.

WEA Training - Building Women Leaders

“I feel that this land belongs to me. I am a farmer, but no one recognizes me as such,” says Manasa from Challekere, in Chitradurga District. She is not alone in her views; Manasa’s sentiments are echoed by her peers and women farmers across India.

“When I used to do all the activities right from preparing the land for sowing to sowing, weeding, harvesting and processing it was not acknowledged,” adds her friend Yashoda.

Training on assessment of climate change vulnerability and adaptation strategies

The great body of research in the international community clearly highlights the gradual change in the earth’s atmospheric conditions and the impact this will have on human livelihoods. However, for millions of the world’s impoverished and disenfranchised, 75% of whom live in rural communities where agriculture is the main source of income, the concept of climate change, as understood by the scientific community, is an alien one. 

Eat the fruits of your labour: start your own kitchen garden

Kitchen gardens can give an immense sense of satisfaction to gardening enthusiasts. But you don't have to be an expert gardener to start a small one of your own. At GREEN, we believe that sustainability is as important in the urban context as it is in the rural one.

Sustainability in organic farming certification

Recently, GREEN hosted a farmers’ meet in Kanakapura, for community members seeking organic farming certification through the Participatory Guarantee System (PGS). The main aim of this exercise was to identify, through interaction with the community, strategies that would make the certification process sustainable and completely independent from third party facilitators such as GREEN. 

Food from your garden: 'oota from thota'

A growing number of people in urban cities and towns are looking to adopt a healthier, better rounded lifestyle. Many are increasingly becoming aware of the benefits of organically grown produce and are enthusiastic about setting up kitchen gardens in their homes. The program ‘Oota from Thota’ organized on 28th August, aimed to acquaint urban dwellers with the methods and processes involved in growing vegetables of their own. It also addressed the broader issues of global warming, pollution, waste management and environmental degradation. 

Organic farming certification: PGS meet

The PGS Meet at Maralawadi Hobli, facilitated by GREEN on 25th August, aimed to raise awareness of organic farming certification in the project area, with the objective of increasing the number of certified farmers within the community. Certification is done through the Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) which is defined as a locally focused quality assurance system that certifies producers based on the active participation of stakeholders. GREEN serves as a monitoring body providing guidance to those seeking certification.

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