As climate change leads to more drought, women farmers in southern India can barely support themselves and their families on what they grow. We will teach them to transition to more weather-resilient, nutrient-rich, environmentally friendly crops, and train and fund creation of small businesses to market their produce more effectively. Each enterprise will be run by a group of five women who will inspire, advise, and support each other, and offer a financial safety net.
In Tamil Nadu, most women are dependent on agriculture for sustenance. But climate change is turning once-lush fields into wastelands during the dry months, and increased flooding often washes away the harvest in the wet season: the women work long, hard hours for a meager result.
Organic farming increases crop yield and nutritional value, helps retain water in the dry season, and stabilizes the soil when it rains. We will provide women's self-help groups with the training and supplies to transition to sustainable organic farming, and ongoing technical, financial, and emotional support to start and run small agribusinesses to market their produce in a way that minimizes food waste and maximizes nutritional value.
By empowering rural women to feed their families better and earn the money to send their children to school and obtain adequate health care, we will raise up the whole village. The women can share their knowledge and wealth, and inspire others. At the same time, more environmentally friendly farming practices will improve overall health and safety, while providing better protection against the impacts of climate change.