Our productive landscapes are under threat - from climate change, from unsustainable agriculture practices and farmer distress. Small and marginal farmers in rainfed areas, are struggling to survive, increasingly burdened by debt with rising input costs in an over-stressed land, yielding lesser produce. A story repeated in many equally distressed landscapes with the legacy of conventional agriculture systems.
In line with its vision of rejuvenating productive landscapes equitably and sustainably, India Foundation for Humanistic Development (IFHD) is working to improve producer incomes and resilience to climate change, with 5,000 smallholder farmers in 8 blocks of Belgaum district, which has been reeling under consecutive droughts.
The project is aimed at supporting their transition from high input-based intensive agriculture to sustainable farming systems, rejuvenating their soil, conserving their water, mixed cropping, scientific post-harvest management and nurturing the natural eco-system to collectively grow sustainable, aflatoxin-free maize, over a period of 3 years.
After leveraging various Government schemes, the cost per farmer to support his/her transition to sustainable production and post-harvest farming practices is just Rs. 1,200 per year - a nominal investment to improve the livelihoods of farming communities, our food systems and Mother Earth. So far, we have already on-boarded 700 farmers across 3 blocks and aim to impact 500 more farmers this quarter.
Every farmer counts, every parched piece of earth is seeking succour and we at IFHD are truly grateful for your support in rejuvenating the agricultural landscape in Belgaum!