Millions of poor, small-holder farmers in India are living increasingly challenging lives, with household incomes often well below the poverty line - less than $1.90/day. In 2017, many of these farmers lost entire crops due to unseasonal rains, excessive heat and pests. This means families struggle to feed themselves and continue their farming activities. Without their farming livelihoods, they will either migrate to city slums or continue living in poverty.
Each greenhouse protects the crop from extreme weather conditions, using 90% less water and producing 7 times more harvest. The increased income will feed their families for the whole year. With better seeds, organic nutrients and expert training, they grow more valuable crops. The harvest is suitably graded, and farmers are helped to sell their crops to the market for better prices. When adopted at scale, these solutions will help improve the livelihoods of whole communities.
This initiative will provide thousands of poor farmers a steady income, new skills, and greater climate resilience. Farmers will use this increased income for better nutrition, basic healthcare, schooling and sanitation. Over time, they will progress out of poverty and sustain better livelihoods. When delivered at scale, whole communities will benefit leading to less poverty, less migration to city slums and greater contribution to the growing food demand.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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