Food security for women farmers in rural India

by Sophia Akash Foundation
Food security for women farmers in rural India
Food security for women farmers in rural India
Food security for women farmers in rural India
Food security for women farmers in rural India
Food security for women farmers in rural India
Food security for women farmers in rural India
Food security for women farmers in rural India
Food security for women farmers in rural India
Food security for women farmers in rural India
Food security for women farmers in rural India
Food security for women farmers in rural India
Food security for women farmers in rural India
Food security for women farmers in rural India
Food security for women farmers in rural India
Food security for women farmers in rural India
Food security for women farmers in rural India

Good news from the farm

Thank you for your continued generosity and support. Despite the 2nd wave of the COVID-19 pandemic during 2021, another 180 women farmers have been successfully introduced to the climate-smart greenhouses. Their hard work and enterprise has helped them to adopt new and better farming practices, increase their household income by $1000 per year and provide for their families with greater assurance and confidence.

Women inspire other women

These women have also inspired their neighbouring farmers to adopt the climate-smart greenhouses for their farming livelihoods. Nepali Devi, living in a remote village in Uttar Pradesh, India who, upon seeing and learning about the benefits of farming with the climate-smart greenhouse, persuaded her family to participate in the program. Nepali spends 8-10 hours every day growing vegetables using the greenhouse while also saving time to tend to her cattle and milk collection farming. Armed with the soil-testing and advisory support and guidance from our partner, Kheyti, Nepali is all set to start sowing her first English cucumber crop next week!

More women farmers will benefit from climate-smart greenhouses in 2022

We plan to help another 500 women farmers also start using their climate-smart greenhouses during 2022. With your continued support, we aim to raise another $30,000 this year to help many other women and their families to start benefitting from sustainable and climate-resilient farming. Your generosity is instrumental in changing the lives of these women for the better and preserving their traditional farming livelihoods.

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Your continued support is making a difference

We are thrilled to report that we have raised over $30,000 to help improve the farming livelihoods of the women farmers. 400 women are now growing healthy crops using their climate-smart greenhouses! We are aiming to raise $50,000 before the year-end and we need your support. Reaching this goal will help another 500 poor women farmers.

The Advantages of Climate Smart Greenhouses

Since our last report, our partner Kheyti has also organised local agronomist support for the women. This provides the women with further continued education and training. The women now manage their crops with increasing knowledge and confidence. This makes them less dependent on others.

The latest harvests for the women have produced twice as many tomatoes and cucumbers than when they have grown these crops outside their climate-smart greenhouses. This has provided much needed additional income for the women with which to feed their families.

Scaling our efforts to reach more women farmers

With the success of our efforts to date, our partner, Kheyti will begin planning to help another 2000 farmers during the next year across many other villages in India. Your contributions have been instrumental in helping us get there. You have made lasting differences to the lives of these women farmers and their families. Please continue supporting them.

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The difference you are making

We are delighted to report that your generous contributions have made a big difference to the lives of these women farmers. We have raised almost $28,000 to date. We need your continued support to reach our goal of $50,000 before the end of 2021.

Resilience during the COVID-19 second wave

The latest wave of the pandemic has resulted in increased challenges for the women, including limited access to and from their villages. Lockdown restrictions have resulted in a lack of transport facilities, unavailability of seeds, fertilisers and pesticides, and inaccessible markets.

Our partners, Kheyti have trained the women farmers to communicate their problems via WhatsApp. Using their network, Kheyti then connects them to appropriate solution providers  on a timely and effective basis. For example, Yalaya was unable to buy seeds due to inaccessible markets, and was then introduced to a local supplier.

The positive outcome of adopting innovative solutions during such adversity is that these women continue to farm using their climate-smart greenhouses with confidence. They also benefit from having instant access to information about local weather conditions, market prices for their crops and the support of a responsive and resilient community.

Your generosity is improving the lives of many more women farmers

Together with our partners, Kheyti, we are training another 100 women farmers to start using their climate-smart greenhouses. Every $ will directly benefit these women and sustain their farming. You are a very big part of the progress and positive change to the livelihoods that these women are making.

Click here to see how our partners are supporting the farmers during these diffcult times.

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Climate-smart women farmers
Climate-smart women farmers

We are thrilled to report that despite the considerable impact of Covid-19 during 2020, Sridhar and his wife and hundreds of other farmers have started reaping the fruits of their labour. Our partner, Kheyti will help them to receive the best price for their harvest and secure the income necessary to continue feeding their families.

Your generous donations are delivering these positive outcomes. Please be sure to donate as much as you can today and know that you are changing their lives for the better !

Greater empowerment for poor women farmers 

We are also thrilled to report that following the launch of smaller, more affordable climate-smart greenhouses, more and more poor women farmers are also beginning to benefit. Together with our partner, we hope to provide 500 women farmers during 2021 with the climate-smart greenhouses. These will help them to take charge of their farming lives as well as feed their families with greater certainty. 

Women farmers, like Reshma, are provided the introduction, training and support to help them start using their greenhouses to produce healthy crops even in the smallest of farms and in the harshest of conditions. 

The prospect of equipping another woman farmer with her own greenhouse for life is now more affordable than ever before. With every donation of just $500 we can help another family to prosper from sustainable and climate friendly farming. 

The plight of women farmers 

To help provide context for the efforts on the ground and to place a value on your generous donations, we can report that 75% of all women across rural India are farmers. They diligently and passionately pursue their farming heritage despite receiving little or no help from others. They strive to feed their families, nurture their children and protect their farms despite considerable hardships, having no rights to the land they till while receiving little or no help from others. 

With the help of your generous and continued support, our partner, Kheyti's unstinting efforts on the ground, these women farmers are improving their farming practices, establishing their own sustainable livelihoods and gaining equality amongst their peers. 

Please continue to support and follow their journey towards greater prosperity 

Fruits of their labour
Fruits of their labour
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Meet Sridhar, a 48-year-old farmer from Telangana who joined the Climate Smart Greenhouse Program in 2019. More on his inspiring farming journey below…

Continuing Progress

Your generous contributions are helping 244 farmers to grow healthy crops, earn valuable income and provide food security for their families despite the Covid-19 pandemic! On behalf of our farmers we thank you and ask that you please continue lending your support.

Together with our on-the-ground partner, various initiatives have been organised to assist the farmers to overcome the Covid-19 challenges. These include maintaining access to environmentally friendly seeds, fertilisers and pesticides, providing proactive agronomy guidance using WhatsApp and securing the sale of their harvests for the best possible income.

Meet Sridhar, who together with his wife has benefitted from your contributions. Sridhar has been able to keep his farm running and provide for his family throughout the pandemic-related challenges. 

Investing in their future

Sridhar and his wife started using the Climate Smart Greenhouse during 2019, designed to protect their crops from adverse weather, pests and climate shocks, all of which had previously destroyed much of their open farming crops.

With the help of your contributions, Sridhar and his family now earn an average disposable income of USD 98 per month throughout the year. This together with the considerably less usage of water, better preservation of their land and soil and an almost zero carbon footprint means that Sridhar is one of hundreds of farmers prospering from their more sustainable farming efforts.

Each day, Sridhar and his wife inspect their plants' health and receive prompt agronomy guidance via WhatsApp. This helps them to deal with any challenges such as pests, lack of nutrients or water or excessive heat. Sridhar and his wife find this form of continual guidance invaluable and actively encourage fellow farmers to adopt the same methods. With the benefit of the additional income, Sridhar is helping his daughter to complete her University education. This will help future generations in Sridhar's family to also continue their progress out of poverty.

Empowering Women Farmers

Following on from our last report, our partner is now busy organising the delivery of the even more affordable Greenhouse Lite for 50 women farmers. This will be the start of an effort over the coming 6-12 months to help educate and assist these women farmers to adopt the use of the Climate Smart greenhouses. When completed, this effort will have helped to improve the food security and livelihoods of these women farmers as well as provide the basis of extending this program.

Please keep following us to learn of their progress through this exciting journey organised with the help of your valuable contributions.

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Family tending to their crops
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Sophia Akash Foundation

Location: London - United Kingdom
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @sophiaakashfdn
Project Leader:
Kaushik Kappagantulu
Hyderabad, Telangana India
$37,646 raised of $50,000 goal
365 donations
$12,354 to go
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