The Growing Connection trains youth and their communities to grow produce with water-saving, high-yield techniques and connects them to the Internet for info, advice, and communication with peers.
Increases in extreme weather (droughts, rain) has caused farming families in the Indian province of Andhra Pradesh to lose crops and income. Seeds dry up or wash away, leading to cycles of debt, poverty and hunger. Over 5000 farmers committed suicide in 2006, seeing no other way to escape debts. Through TGC, farmers grow nutritious produce in a containerized water-saving system, protecting seeds from the weather, while receiving knowledge and tools for sustainable economical agriculture.
Young people grow fresh produce to feed their families and then sell the surplus to break the cycle of debt and hunger. Internet access through TGC connects youth to info, advice, education & financial opportunity, and to their peers around the world
This project will give marginalized people (youth, farmers, orphans, the disabled) in Andhra Pradesh the tools and knowledge to grow food through droughts and monsoons, stabilizing income, increasing access to education and economic opportunity.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
The Growing Connection Website
United States Committee for FAO
Washington, DC - USA