Massive corporate agriculture and the cost of pesticides and genetically engineered seeds have put many small farmers out of business. In order to survive, organic farming has become a necessity.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Large-scale, corporate-owned agriculture is destroying traditional family farming in India. Genetically engineered crops are putting small farmers out of business. Pesticides and chemical fertilizers are degrading the soil and increasing the cost of farming. Indigenous seeds and produce are becoming extinct. Husbands and sons are forced to migrate to the cities for work while the women remain behind to hold the family together, often with very little income or food to feed their families.
How will this project solve this problem?
Women will be trained in organic farming practices, particularly vermiculture and will create a seed bank to preserve local seed varieties and provide them access to non-genetically engineered seeds.
Potential Long Term Impact
To provide 100 women in Bihar, India with small loans and/or grants for income generation activities, such as goat rearing, backyard poultry, and vegetable cultivation and vending.
Total Funding Received to Date: $1,521
Funding Policy: partial
This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.
Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $1,521 as of Jun 9, 2004. The original project funding goal was $9,603.