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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

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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“The first essential component of all social justice is adequate food for all mankind, food is the moral right of all who are born into this world.” – Norman Borlaug, Nobel Laureate

Agriculture is the primary source of livelihood in Seva Mandir’s working area, with nearly 93% of households being self-employed farming families. Unfortunately, agriculture contributes very little to household incomes and many even fail to produce enough for their own food security due to a variety of factors. The increasing population has led to a decrease in the size of landholdings, and the shortage of rainfall outside of the monsoon season makes it difficult for farmers to reap more than one crop a year. Furthering this problem is the low quality seeds and inefficient practices that lead to a decreased productivity level.

Over the past years, Seva Mandir has identified and promoted a range of activities to address the challenges of agricultural development in the area. In previous years, horticulture badis (orchards) were raised across all blocks. Saplings of various fruit trees, including gooseberry, lemon, mango and guava were planted in these badis.

With the help of Seva Mandir, Pooja developed a beautiful and productive lemon orchard on the hill behind her house. Pooja proudly tells us; “I sold 200 kgs of lemons last year. Now I no longer need to migrate to far away cities to make ends meet, leaving my children behind”. This year, Pooja again expects to make a good earning from her lemon orchard so that she will be able to take care of her children’s needs.

Modern experiments were also conducted in agro-forestry, in which a variety of fruits were planted in pastures and private wastelands. This experiment was being conducted throughout Seva Mandir’s region, to provide communities with increased benefits from their regenerated lands. Additionally, vegetable nurseries were created and the saplings were sold to other farmers in the area, thereby increasing vegetable consumption in tribal families (and thus their nutritional intake) whilst providing them with an opportunity to sell excess produce as cash crops.

Farmers in our region largely use the same seeds for many years or use hybrid seeds that have to be replaced constantly, resulting in low productivity. Hundreds of kilograms of seeds, including maize, black gram, sesame, kulat and green gram were supplied to farmers of various villages in order to revitalize seed supplies. New seed banks for wheat, gram, and maize were also established, providing a means to replenish and store seed varieties.

Other activities that have contributed to agricultural development include the construction of vermi-compost beds to provide a source of organic fertilizer and animal husbandry camps that provide vaccination to cattle.

Through these ventures, Seva Mandir has provided farmers in the region with an opportunity to revitalize depleted resources, sustain their traditional methods of production, and eventually generate new sources of income.

All this has been possible due to your consistent support and trust in us. We would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for supporting us.  We have been able to benefit more than 10,000 farmers through various interventions because of you. These farmers can now grow enough food in their fields and don’t have to migrate from farming in absence of basic necessities.

We are proud to share that Seva Mandir has been featured in a The New York Times article! One of our GlobalGiving campaigns has been selected as an alternative way to give a gift this Christmas. The link to the article is https://goo.gl/sCxFGC

Also, GlobalGiving's “Year End Campaign” has begun! Until the end of December, all recurring donations up to $200 will be 100% matched throughout the campaign, and whichever organisation achieves the most funds during the campaign will receive $2,000 from GlobalGiving!

Help Seva Mandir achieve these goals this December by donating on our GlobalGiving page!

Thank you so much.

Regards

Atul Lekhra and the Seva Mandir Team

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Dear Change-maker,

There are 795 million people in the world who cannot lead a healthy, active life because of hunger.

93% of the rural population of Udaipur district are farmers, but only 4% of their crop is grown for sale. Most are unable to grow to last them all year round. Agriculture is thus an essential component of food security, and there is great scope to improve farming livelihoods through better access to irrigation and more efficient farming practices. So, alongside physical development activities on land and water, Seva Mandir tries to support the rural population through agriculture and allied activities in order to improve food security in the region. Seva Mandir has also worked with farmers to improve agriculture yields by promoting eco-friendly best practices, such as communal seed banks with improved crop varietals, diversified vegetable cultivation, vermi-composting and livestock health camps.

Preeti (name changed) is one of the example who got support from Seva Mandir. It was during one of her visits that she and her husband got the opportunity to attend a meeting conducted by Seva Mandir about the intervention on horticulture and the livelihoods that could be generated so forth. And post this meeting there was no looking back. With the help of Seva Mandir, Preeti developed a lemon orchid on the hill slope behind her house. In her words, “I have sold 200 kgs of lemons last year. Now I no longer need to migrate to city to make ends meet, leaving my children behind”. This year again, Preeti expects a good earning from her lemon orchid and wish to take care of her children’s needs.

Another farmer Ravi (name changed) says Farming was a difficult task earlier and I could not even grow enough for my family as we had to rely on rain water for irrigation and I had no money to adopt modern farming methods. But 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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Dharma is a farmer in Vasela village, Kotra block. Seva Mandir set up a vegetable nursery in his village and he was one of 10-15 farmers who bought a number of plants to start a small-scale vegetable growing operation.

Dharma used to grow a few vegetables before Seva Mandir started this project, but he had to get his plants from Gujarat (a nearby state). Now that they are available locally, he has increased his production considerably. He finds that the plants reared locally are much healthier and more likely to survive than those brought from further afield, and if a plant dies it’s easy to go back to the nursery, something not possible if he has bought it from across the state border.

He has 150 chillies, 50 aubergines/eggplants and 50 tomato plants. He plans to plant papayas when Seva Mandir introduces these soon.

Dharma has increased his family’s income by about Rs 100-150 a day (in season) from selling his surplus produce, and his family is eating many more vegetables than they did before. In an area where average per capita income is Rs 90 a day (the equivalent of 1 GB or USD 1.33), this is a really significant help.

It is your support that has made this possible. Your donations have enabled us to help these poor farmers in southern Rajasthan increase their meager income and improve their family’s diet.

Thank you so much.

Regards

Atul Lekhra and the Seva Mandir Team

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Location: Udaipur, Rajasthan - India
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