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Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers

by VOICE Trust
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Practical sessions
Practical sessions

Agricultural Education is so important for our world. Agricultural Education involves more than just teaching students the basics of seed production or how to judge livestock. It provides the opportunity for people to understand that agriculture is not just farming; it’s a sustainable way of life. If we don’t have Ag Education, we will have many uneducated people in the world.

With a rapidly increasing population and a demand to feed 9.6 billion people by the year 2050, the agriculture industry needs talented, and passionate youth willing to make a commitment to agriculture. Many of these individuals will not have the production background that some have grown up in. They must learn this knowledge and understand the depth of the industry. This is best accomplished through middle school and high school agricultural education classes, where students have the opportunity to learn and develop the skills necessary for us to remain world leaders in agriculture.

Why it’s important that they learn?

The world is adapting at a radical pace and the children of today are growing up into a world where updates are daily, technology is seemingly limitless and there are millions of directions one could take.

But how many of these children will learn more about the cute farm animals and the foods they eat (other than what’s healthy and unhealthy). In schools, there isn’t a great focus on agriculture because it’s trumped by mathematics and sciences. And, while those are important, even in the agricultural sector, attention needs to be drawn to farming.

Our new initiative:

We have successfully completed 4 weeks to Agriculture training for school children. This lockdown, COVID-19 issues, etc has put Children in Home. So we thought this is the exact time to begin this with few Children. 

Week1: Introduction about agriculture and the importance of Children learning agriculture.

Week 2: Practical sessions of preparing organic manures like Azolla

Week 3: Follow up of Azolla production set up and distribution of greens seeds to grow in a small level within their home.

Week 4: Setting up of agriculture garden.

The interest Children show is very energetic and sharing positivity.

A big Thank you to all who are helping us to build "Future Agriculture"

Seeds distribution by an inspiring small agri
Seeds distribution by an inspiring small agri
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Like much of the rest of the world during this difficult time, the team at Voice Trust is working from home, doing our best to keep our children entertained and our families fed -- and scrambling to meet the demands of a wholly unexpected catastrophe.  India is in complete lockdown, which means all transport has ground to a halt, leaving farmers with no way to deliver their crops to wholesalers or market them by the side of the road.  And, in any case, with all restaurants shuttered and families so stretched that fruit and vegetables have become a luxury item, demand for their products has evaporated.  And these farmers live even closer to the edge than many elsewhere, which means without an income they are in danger of starvation.

As you likely remember, GlobalGiving has been negotiating with the Indian government for over a year now, trying to find a way to disburse funds to Indian banks.  But although they are making some progress, a solution is not yet in sight.

But happily, Health & Education 4 All International, a charity based in the United States, has kindly agreed to act as our fiscal sponsor, meaning GlobalGiving can disburse your past donations to them and they will transmit the funds to us.  So we will soon be able to get to work distributing emergency food and supplies and cash grants to those most in need.  We will try to target those young farmers who are in danger of losing everything if they don't get help.   

Crops ready for harvest now are in danger of being left to rot in the field by farmers who often can't harvest them without migrant labor, even if they could find a way to sell them.  So we will also be exploring ways to purchase their produce directly in order to distribute it to families in need.

If you are able to further support our efforts, you can now donate to this project or to the new project we have launched to provide emergency COVID-19 relief, with the confidence that it will be put to good use immediately.

As always, thanks for your past support and for any future help you can offer.

Stay well -- stay safe -- stay home --

Janet Preethi

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Few of them attending nursery growing class
Few of them attending nursery growing class

Despite GlobalGiving's continuing difficulties with disbursing funds to India, we were able to train 12 more young farmers in techniques to increase crop yield even in difficult climatic conditions.  The Forest Department was able to offer them workshops to teach them:

  • selection of quality seeds that will sprout and thrive in their farm's environment;
  • preservation of seeds in an air cooler;
  • creation and maintenance of a greenery nursery;
  • latest techniques in beekeeping;
  • seed banking to maintain indigenous seeds. 

They made plans to start their own seed bank after learning how one can help improve resistance to emerging plant diseases and insects, provide better drought and flood tolerance, and produce more abundant and nutritious crops.

The Ranger Office said he was inspired to see young people committed to organic farming, and the students said they were inspired by how it could improve their lives and their community.

We are eager to help them put what they have learned into practice, with your kind and continuing support, as soon as GlobalGiving is able to release your donations to us.

With the gratitude of the entire Voice Trust team --

Jecintha

Techniques in Preservation of seeds in air cooler
Techniques in Preservation of seeds in air cooler
Seed quality checking sessions
Seed quality checking sessions
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Group of students from Imayam College
Group of students from Imayam College

Greetings dear supporters!!

We are very happy to share that 17 more students are interested in Organic Farming Techniquest. 8 students from Imayam College and 9 students from Imayam College came for training sessions in agriculture especially organic farming. All of them were interested and willing to attend more sessions like this and learn more practices on implementation of organic farming. Group discussions were held on topics of Past-present-future Agriulture. 

Global Giving has run into a problem with its disbursement of funds in India, and has had to suspend payment to all its Indian partners until they can resolve the issue with the government.  This means that we have not yet received any of  the money that has been donated to us the last few months, making progress difficult.

We look for positive news and hope we will be all one in bringing Youth into Agriculture. 

Group of students from Rover College
Group of students from Rover College
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Representative explaining about the villag
Representative explaining about the villag

81 Agriculture Students and 2 Professors from Imayam Institute Of Agriculture And Technology spent 3 hours in Manniyakurichi Village in Mannachanalur Block to discuss the past and the present and to plan for the future development. Children, youth and elders made drawings in a common ground with different colors to mark the existing fields, water bodies, houses , buildings, roads and other structures. Many elders spoke about the green past when they had good rains with which they cultivate mostly food crops. Youth expressed disappointment that they do not have many employment opportunities with the village and so they have to think of migrating to ours for jobs. Children wanted more greening and water facilities to enjoy nature.

They also conducted surveys around the villages and many farmers complained about 3 things. Climate change, quality of seeds and lack of resource for producing manures. Students assured that they will help them with possible ways. They also conducted a comparitive study on budget planning in agriculture. What materilas can be bought within the village and which needs to be purchased from outside and its cost structure, how to balance fluxuations in cost. These were the things discussed among them. 

Looking forward for more Youth collaborations in Agriculture.

Helping in drawing the map
Helping in drawing the map
Agri studen explaining about cost management
Agri studen explaining about cost management
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VOICE Trust

Location: Tiruchirpalli, Tamil Nadu - India
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