Collective farming for enhancing farmers’ income

Promoting precision farming techniques among marginalised farmer groups in Tamil Nadu BACKGROUND Periyakalakkadi is a village in Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu, situated very close to the Chennai highways and the East Coast Road (ECR). Land in Periyakalakkadi was allotted to rural landless and poor labourers during the Bhoomidhan (Bhoodan) movement through an NGO, ASSEFA… Continue reading Collective farming for enhancing farmers’ income

Creative farmer games teach judicious use of water in agriculture

Participatory aquifer mapping and crop water budgeting to change farmers behavior in Andhra Pradesh BACKGROUND Anantapur is a particularly water-distressed district in Andhra Pradesh. In 2010-12, 76% of the total area irrigated is serviced by tube wells, an increase from 44% in the period 1998-2001. During the same period, the area irrigated by dug wells… Continue reading Creative farmer games teach judicious use of water in agriculture

Community led resource efficient agriculture in Bundelkhand

Enabling farmer community for collective local planning and resource management BACKGROUND Bundelkhand, a semi-arid region in Central India, is characterized by poor human development indicators and degraded natural resources. Agriculture is the mainstay of the economy, with 90 percent of the population being dependent on agriculture and 75 percent of agriculture are rain-fed. Poor productivity… Continue reading Community led resource efficient agriculture in Bundelkhand