SOCIETY: Success Trust
PROJECT: Promotion of Indigenous Rice and Vegetables Cultivation among Marginal Women Farmers and Prevent their Migration to Towns
PROJECT NO: 1,007
ACWW GRANT: £4,066* (donation received; amount now required: £3,996)
The aim of this project is to promote indigenous rice and vegetable crops through sustainable farm methods among marginalised women in Pudukottai district, Tamil Nadu.
Women farmers in six villages will be mobilized and given orientation on the goals of the project. They will be encouraged to select 40 beneficiaries from their own number. The beneficiaries will be given two days’ awareness training, two days’ training in soil and water conservation methods and five days’ intensive training in sustainable agriculture methods and techniques. Field farmers’ schools will be carried out every week for 12 weeks from the day of sowing to the harvesting period.
Indigenous rice and vegetable seeds will be purchased and distributed to the farmers, and further seeds will be distributed to provide a second crop after the harvesting of rice. The vegetable varieties to be grown will include brinjal, lady’s finger, snake gourd, cluster beans, avarai, tomatoes, chillies, bitter gourd and cucumber.
Meetings will be held with the women farmers to discuss the best ways of sharing the benefits of the project with a further group of 40 women in the following year. The women beneficiaries will collect seeds and run a seed bank in order to share high quality seeds. A third group of 40 women farmers will receive help in the second year, so that eventually, 120 women will form a federation of farmers in the six project villages, with common goals and guidelines.