Provide Enough Food for Poor Farmers in India

by Seva Mandir

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your continuous support to Seva Mandir and people like Saraswati. Just like many other residents of her village, she was also habituated the practice of migrating to far off cities in search of work. Often this phenomenon was complimented with drudgery and exploitation. It was during one of her visits back to her village that she and her husband got the opportunity to attend a Seva Mandir’s meeting 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, Saraswati developed a lemon orchid on the hill slope behind her house. In her words, “Initially, it was a difficult task, I had to fetch water from the well and carry it in earthen pots all the way uphill to water the plants. After 3 years, I started reaping fruits. I could sell them and save some money. Last year I got a water pump installed in my orchid with the money I saved from selling the lemons. Now I don’t need to carry the pots on my head to water the plants. This year I have sold 200 Kgs of lemons. Now I no longer need to migrate to cities to make ends meet leaving my children behind”.

This year again, Saraswati expects a good earning from her lemon orchid and wish to take care of her children’s needs.

We take this opportunity to thank you for supporting Saraswati and lot of people like her who just need a little support to stand on their feet. 

Through this project, we try to help poor farmers and their families become self sustainable so that they can grow enough food for themselves and don’t have to migrate from their homes to earn a living. Should you have any queries, suggestions or feedback related to the project, please feel free to drop in a mail at

If your travel brings you down to this part of the world we will be more than happy to take you through our work.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas!!

Warm Regards,

Atul Lekhra and Seva Mandir Team

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Saraswati in her lemon orchid
Saraswati in her lemon orchid


The issue of farmer suicide flashing on our television screens is a sad reality in the drought prone regions of Rajasthan. The farmers practice rain fed farming as this is the only option available to them in the hilly terrain of south Rajasthan. Hence they are able to grow food that just last for 4 months. In rest of the year, they have to migrate to the cities to work as labor to make their ends meet and still not able to feed their families sufficiently.

Since 1984, Seva Mandir has been working on natural resource development in the area to improve food security of these poor farmers and their families. Watershed activities help increase ground water level along with harvesting rain water and channelizing it to the fields through soil and water conservation activities. Hence, they are able to grow multiple crops in a year.

A happy farmer benefited by the watershed says- “We were always under pressure of thinking how will we feed our families after a few months when the grown crops over. But now our wells don’t run dry in summers and we can grow 3 crops a year. In fact I sold 300 kg wheat this year and got my leaking roof repaired with this money”

While there have been around 10,000 farmers who have been able to sustained their lives through farming, there are still thousands of farmers awaiting to get their hills treated so that they could have enough water for irrigation throughout the year. And to make this possible, we need your help!

Food security brings in financial security too. Please help us making these farmers become secured so that they don’t have to leave farming and migrate to cities to work as labors. Help them grow enough food to feed their families.

Wondering how can you help us? 

Global Giving has come up with this innovative idea of matching donations. From Monday, September 21st through Friday, September 25th, Global Giving will be offering a one-time 100% match on all new recurring donations up to $200 per donor!

Hence we request you to become our recurring donor and help us through your contributions. For queries, questions and insights on our work you can reach out to me at

We thank you from the bottom of our heart for joining hands with us and we look forward for your continued support in eliminating hunger and destitution from the beautiful landscapes of south Rajasthan.

Should your travels bring you to this part of the world, please do consider visiting Seva Mandir.



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 water shed 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)

Being totally dependent on rainfall, we could only grow one crop and that would be over even before we knew. Today, I produce 800 Kg of which I sell 300 Kg and keep the rest for my family” – Makhan (another farmer)

It gives me immense happiness to say that this would not have been possible without your faith and consistent support. Also, I would take this opportunity to share with you that Bonus day is round the corner on 16th September from 9 AM EDT.  The donations made on bonus day will be matched up to 30%. That means we would be able to expand further and hence would appeal to you to support us on 16th September.

We would love to hear from you on your side of thoughts and to know why you would be interested to be associated with the cause. Please do reach out to me at

Thank you for joining hands with us! I am sure we can really make a difference in the lives of these poor farmers and providing them a sustained future.

Warm Regards,

Atul Lekhra

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Dear Friend,

Bhima was an untoward farmer of Thep village under one of the Block of Seva Mandir’s work zone. Geographically Thep is surrounded by mountainous terrains which hinder the production of farmers, not only this but, most of the farmer like Bhima has to rely on the monsoon for irrigation. All together it was apprehensive to practice farming over there, resulting extreme of poverty that rules over. With Seva Mandir’s intervention an anicut (small dam) was built in Mithi Bor hamlet which caters the irrigational need of 11.4 hectares of land of 48 farmer’s production.

The main cropping pattern of farmers was only circled around wheat cultivation, however last year few farmers wanted to try hand at potato cultivation. It was first time for Bhima & fellow farmers to use only organic manure in potato cultivation. It was done on pilot basis on three hundred kilograms of potato seed. However farmers were pleasantly surprised by output which came to tune of Eighteen to nineteen hundred kilograms (almost 2 Tons). It was quite sufficient for Bhima and his family. Some of the produce was sold at local market too. Like Bhima many other are getting their back spark of hope, with your support.  

Thank you so much.


Atul Lekhra

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A farmer standing in his wheat farm.
A farmer standing in his wheat farm.

Dear Friends,

Many thanks for supporting this project and ensuring food security for tribal farmers of our region.

Seva Mandir's Food Security Program includes a range of activities designed to help people in improving their crop production. This is done by strengthening local community seed banks, increase horticulture, improve livestock health, and promote organic farming.

With your support: 

  • 340 farmers were selected to plant fruit trees following the Wadi (orchard) model in the third batch, compared with 300 and 360 farmers respectively in the first and second batches. The Wadi model includes plantation of 40 saplings of fruit trees (mango, lemon, pomegranate and aonla) and 120 saplings of forestry trees.
  • Soil and water conservation and water resource development activities were conducted with 179 farmers.
  • Farmers were encouraged to grow seasonal crops and vegetables, which enabled them to produce food and cash crops. Wadi farmers who grew vegetables and other cash crops as intercrops earned between Rs 3,000 and 7,000 by selling their vegetables in the market.
  •  A few farmers cultivated organic wheat. They sold their produce for Rs 20/kg compared with the market rate of Rs 16/kg for conventionally produced wheat.
  • 15 Community Seed Banks (CSBs) were maintained in Jhadol and Girwa blocks.

Thank you so much friends for your continuous help and support to our food security program. Your help really means a lot to us.

I will be writing again very soon.


Atul Lekhra 



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Seva Mandir

Location: Udaipur, Rajasthan - India
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Priyanka Singh
Executive Director
Udaipur, Rajasthan India

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