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Support Poor Farmers in India

by Seva Mandir
Support Poor Farmers in India
Support Poor Farmers in India
Support Poor Farmers in India
Support Poor Farmers in India
Support Poor Farmers in India
Support Poor Farmers in India
Support Poor Farmers in India
Support Poor Farmers in India
Support Poor Farmers in India
Support Poor Farmers in India
Support Poor Farmers in India
Support Poor Farmers in India
Support Poor Farmers in India
Support Poor Farmers in India
Support Poor Farmers in India
Support Poor Farmers in India
Support Poor Farmers in India
Support Poor Farmers in India
Support Poor Farmers in India
Support Poor Farmers in India
Support Poor Farmers in India
Support Poor Farmers in India

Namaste,

We hope that you, your family and loved ones are safe and in good health.

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought countries to a standstill in an attempt to reduce the spread of the virus. India has been under lockdown since the end of March and, although it is necessary, it is having a huge effect on the economy. It is this economic downturn that is hitting families living in poverty the hardest. 

84% of the population Seva Mandir works with are subsistence farmers who struggle to make a living from their small landholdings. These farmers’ incomes had already been under pressure in recent years, due to low commodity prices, but a good monsoon season last year had given hope to the region that they could increase their production and sell more in the markets.

Then Covid-19 arrived and the situation worsened exponentially.

Farmers are not able to access markets easily, and a ban on transport restricts their movements to larger villages and towns. They are also struggling to feed their families as they essential goods are being delivered to the rural areas at a much-reduced frequency. Furthermore, families that were supported by relatives who were migrant labourers in cities and large towns have now lost that income stream. The migrants have also returned home, putting extra pressure on already reduced resources.

That is why Seva Mandir is conducting a vast Coivd-19 relief effort for the hardest hit families in rural and tribal communities.

We are distributing food kits (consisting of onions, potatoes, grains, rice, oil, spices, and salt) and sanitation kits (comprising of soap and detergent), both enough to last a family of 5 for 2 weeks. Importantly, we are also providing farmers with grain-storage kits and tarpaulins to increase the amount of food they can store – essential as the harvesting season approaches.

Until now, we have reached 24,300 families- distributing 19,100 sanitation kits, 1,500 food kits, and 2,000 grain-storage kits. We are also aiding the government in their relief efforts.

Many of these people are relying on the relief kits to survive this lockdown. People like Meera:

Meera had been working as a daily-wage labourer after the death of her husband. When the lockdown came, she lost her only means of making an income.

‘My situation is already so bad – I did not think it could get any worse.’ Meera explains. ‘But then the relief kits came from Seva Mandir, and suddenly I felt like my own family is here to help.’

However, there are still many more families left to reach, and you can help us provide lifesaving aid to them. You can give your support to our Covid-19 project by clicking here. Your donation to this fund will provide relief and support to the families of these communities during this challenging time.

You can be part of this effort whether it is by donating directly to Seva Mandir, by spreading the word of Seva Mandir to people you know, or just by sending us your messages of support.

You can keep up to date with our efforts on our dedicated Covid-19 page on our website. Click here to access it.

Once again, thank you for your unwavering support. Please stay healthy and keep social distancing.

Regards

Atul Lekhra & the Seva Mandir Team

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Dear Friend,

Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!!

Thank you for your support to our project ‘Provide Enough Food for Poor Farmers in India’. Your support is bringing real changes in the lives of farmers.

Rawla is a little hamlet in Pareda village of southern Rajasthan. Here, given the low amount of rainfall, there was only one crop that was grown in a given year. The productivity could only suffice the families hunger for the next three months. Ultimately, the farmers had to migrate to far off towns to work as migrant labors.

The villagers raised the issue to Seva Mandir and it was decided that a watershed management system would be established in their village. This system usually comprises of bunds, trenches, small and medium sized dams which channelize rain water to the fields and prevents runoffs.   

After the soil and water treatment through watershed activities, now the farmers in Rawla grow three crops in a year. The productivity is not just restricted to subsistence but is now commercialized. The farmers are food secured throughout the year and don’t have to leave their families behind to make the ends meet.

I had to work in restaurants in Ahmedabad and Surat to feed my family. Now I produce enough for the family and also sell the produce. I am not just food secured but am also looking ahead to a brighter future of my children” – Daulat (a farmer)

We would like to thank you from the bottom of our heart for joining hands with us.

Seva Mandir is delighted to congratulate long-time academic collaborators and supporters of its work, Professors Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer, who have been awarded the 2019 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science ‘for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty.'

Seva Mandir's research association with Abhijeet Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer began in 1996, you can find out more here https://bit.ly/2YUO9aJ.

Thank you again for your generosity in choosing to support our project. We look forward to your continued support.

Best Wishes

Atul Lekhra & the Seva Mandir Team

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"They say you can't make a living from farming, but I say doing anything else isn't really living."

This is what our proud farmer trainee and father of 3 believes. Born and brought up in extreme poverty, Mohan (name changed) never received any formal education. All he knew since childhood is that he is a poor farmer - but he had an aim - he won't die poor; He will fight his own war and he is going to win it.

He kept working hard and waited for the right opportunity. His dream took flight when Seva Mandir started agricultural trainings in his village in 2015. These trainings provide good agricultural practicesto marginal farmers. Mohan started the training with full dedication and determination and he implemented these farming techniques with coriander cultivation and 4kgs of quality seeds were provided by Seva Mandir to the village for best outcomes.

2 months after sowing the seeds, Mohan made around 15 trips to the market to sell the produce and made Rs 63,000 ($885). The monetary costs he incurred in the process were the cost of transportation and labor for cutting the coriander leaves.

This coriander cultivation encouraged Mohan, and he chose cauliflower for the next crop cultivation. The cauliflower was also profitable and he made Rs 28,000 ($390) from a single harvest. 

Today Mohan is successful and selling his crops at a very good profit margin. He even became the role model for other members of his community.

On behalf of Mohan and his family please accept our gratitude for this humanitarian work. It is because of you that people like Mohan have restored their faith in humanity.  You are an integral part of this journey in providing sustainable livelihoods to underprivileged people and we are proud to be associated with you.

Thank you once again for your support.

Regards

Atul Lekhra & the Seva Mandir Team

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Dear Friend,

Omkar is a small-scale farmer in Girwa block, southern Rajasthan. Agriculture is the only way he can earn a living as he has no skills which can be transferred to any other occupation. He grows wheat and maize in his field for his family’s consumption and sells the surplus. Omkar used to buy seeds from the city shops, but this was expensive because of the transportation costs. This made it hard for him to achieve a surplus. He was also heavily dependent on monsoons as there was no other water available for irrigation. Insufficient rainfall would result in crop failure. This was the reality for most farmers in the region. Because of the hilly terrain, low rainfall and lack of fertile land the farmers would struggle to even grow for their subsistence.

So Seva Mandir set up a seed bank in that area. A seed bank is a place where seeds are preserved and stored. They are situated in villages. The main objective of a seed bank is to maintain the local biodiversity of the area and provide good quality seeds to the farmers. These seed banks are funded and maintained by Seva Mandir. Farmers take good quality seeds on credit. When they harvest their crop, they repay the seed bank with 25% more than the amount of the seed taken. No cash is required and farmers are now less dependent on the market for seeds.

In addition, with the help of the farmers, Seva Mandir has set up lift irrigation in a 80:20 partnership, where 80% was contributed by Seva Mandir and 20% by 20 farmers of that area. Now Omkar‘s farm produce has doubled and he is able to sell his surplus in the market and earn a living.

Omkar is happy now and is enjoying his work. He said After Seva Mandir set up its seed bank and helped me and others to set up a lift irrigation system, things changed. Now the yield is double what it was earlier.

Thank you so much for joining hands with us! Your support is making a huge difference in the lives of these poor farmers.

Warm Regards,

Atul Lekhra and the Seva Mandir Team

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Dear Friend,

We are thrilled to announce that GlobalGiving has awarded Seva Mandir with 5 achievements (Effective Organization, Staff Favorite Organization, Top Ranked Organization, Vetted Organization, Site Visit Verified Organization) making us a top-ranked organization for 2019!

All thanks goes to our dedicated supporters that we are able to keep accomplishing more every year and changing people's lives for the better. We can't thank you enough for your support and we look forward to another successful year!

Narayan a farmer, 47 years of age and a resident of Cheekhla village. Not only, is he known for his hard work, but also, for his keen interest in agriculture and horticulture development and an environmental champion in his community. Equally important, in a remote tribal village like Cheekhla, where the state of agriculture is still subsistence, innovative practices to make agriculture more lucrative remains farfetched for small and marginal farmer which constitute the farming population in the region. In this context, Narayan is an exception, all the more, he has become an example for others in the village to follow his lead. Since the year 2000 he has been in close association with Seva Mandir through its Natural Resource Development program. To point out, he has been a pioneer in developing 1000 nursery plants in his village, owing to which these sapling were later used for restoring common lands at other villages.

Furthermore, with the introduction of Package of Best Practices in Vegetable Farming by Seva Mandir to help farmers gain nutrition, food security and livelihood opportunity. He is exemplar by adopting to new methods received through regular training and field demonstration. Likewise, in 2016 he also attended the training on cultivation of Bottle Gourd by improved seed sowing technique. As a result, his total production of bottle gourd from ½ bigha of farmland and 250 gram of seeds came up to 8 Quintal.

Additionally, he also manages the community seed bank at his house. Another key point, which sets Narayan as a herald of change in his community, is his initiative towards the campaign on 100% open defecation. Likewise, setting an example by constructing a toilet cum bathroom at his house. He remains relentless in advocating the cause of community hygiene and sanitation.  

Narayan is today happy and thank Seva Mandir for all the knowledge and support.

We thank you for showing interest and for your support to our “Provide Enough Food for Poor Farmers in India” project.

Regards

Atul Lekhra and the Seva Mandir Team

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Location: Udaipur, Rajasthan - India
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