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One crore fund for farmers

Which organization will the money be directed to?
Center For Sustainable Agriculture , a not profit organization registered in India with FCRA status. CSA has been working extensively across different states in India and providing both long term and short term solutions. 

A one pager explaining the various initiatives that will be supported as part of this fund raising campaign
For the big question - where and how would this money be used?
  • To establish farmer helplines 
  • To help form farmer cooperatives 
  • To help create Farmer Producer organizations
  • To ear mark 30-40% of the funds raised for helping farmers in distress
  • To invest in programs, campaigns to reach out to farmers to help educate and organize them to adopt non pesticide management and organic/natural farming
The focus will be in the states of Andhra, Telangana, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu given our reach in those states. This section will be updated as we are able to crystallize this information further. 

An 8 year old's letter titled "A farmers difficult life" perfectly captures the harsh reality of the farmers and their crisis

"A farmer doesn’t have enough of water, sunlight, big farming land, money, seeds, fertilizer and things. Sometimes a drought hits. Not enough water, but too much sunlight. 

Sometimes a farmer didn’t have enough money to buy seeds to grow crops. How will they grow the crops? When the crops do grow the farmer will take the to the market but half way through the plants are half destroyed. They walk for nothing, something or they might succeed. We have to help farmers in India. 

I grew 1 bean and it took work and patience. Farmers do so much work. We should put our heads together and do our part. We all need food so help the farmers.

Message: Help is on the way" 

The letter ends on a positive note that help is on the way. This is exactly the intent behind this effort. To create a 1 crore fund to serve the needs of farmers in distress.

We have a solid network of volunteers, NGO's on the ground across the different states in India and through them we intend to reach out to the farmers, identify those in distress and be proactive in our approach to offer help.

Such an intervention will allow us to avoid the situations that push the farmers into a further deepening crisis.

So can you please join in this effort
  • Donate just $10 or Rs 1000
  • Donate $20 or Rs 2000
  • Get at least 10 of your friends to do the same and set a personal goal of Rs 20,000
  • Take personal responsibility to see that we reach the goal of 1 crore
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30th March 2019
Project #1:
Provide a comprehensive 2 week training to the farmers and the grassroot volunteers working alongside with the farmers on various aspects of farming (blog has more details)

Here is one farmer from Maharashtra wrote back to me as feedback for the session. He found the session extremely useful and was keen to implement this in how own village Incidentally he also won the panchayat elections , so there is a very good chance to work more closely

The training was conducted by CSA (Center for Sustainable agriculture) in Hyderabad over the course of 2 weeks. The training was attended by 20 people, including 8 farmers 6 agriculture students 6 grass root level volunteers (Students are not in the picture)

As part of the training they attended farmer field school, the farm in Enabavi village (model village for organic farming) and had discussions and interactions on other concepts of farming, including FPO’s
Also had sessions on pest control, insecticides

The farmers and the grassroot level volunteers liked the sessions and they found it extremely useful. They did have feedbacks which will help in future such sessions

While, I’m still collecting feedback from all the participants, wanted to share the initial feedback with all the donors and supporters of this project Also thank you everyone for your generous contributions. Thank you to Ramanjaneyulu GV and the entire team of CSA for conducting the training sessions



Project #2:

Providing financial support to SahajaAharam (sahajaaharam.in) to procure produce from farmers in different villages via FPO’s and their by providing the farmers a better price. Please find the details of the procurement



Project #3:
Kisan Mitra Helpline, a helpline and sometimes the only lifeline for the farmers in distress. I've listed more details about the helpline below. A grant of Rs 2 lakh was provided for the helpline in order to help sustain some of their activities.

All this put together, we have disbursed about 18 lakhs of funds. I resumed the fundraising again this year, with the hope that we can reach the elusive 1 crore goal.

This will help us establish a fund for the farmers, which can then be utilized to provide zero percent interest loans for the farmers. The modalities of the fund will be shared accordingly.

https://sureshe.wordpress.com/2017/11/27/update-on-onecrorefarmerfund/

https://sureshe.wordpress.com/2018/01/14/helpline-for-farmers-its-long-overdue/

https://sureshe.wordpress.com/2018/09/07/an-8-hour-breakfast-kisan-mitra-helpline-and-coffee/
Project #1:
Provide a comprehensive 2 week training to the farmers and the grassroot volunteers working alongside with the farmers on various aspects of farming (blog has more details)

Here is one farmer from Maharashtra wrote back to me as feedback for the session. He found the session extremely useful and was keen to implement this in how own village Incidentally he also won the panchayat elections , so there is a very good chance to work more closely

The training was conducted by CSA (Center for Sustainable agriculture) in Hyderabad over the course of 2 weeks. The training was attended by 20 people, including 8 farmers 6 agriculture students 6 grass root level volunteers (Students are not in the picture)

As part of the training they attended farmer field school, the farm in Enabavi village (model village for organic farming) and had discussions and interactions on other concepts of farming, including FPO’s
Also had sessions on pest control, insecticides

The farmers and the grassroot level volunteers liked the sessions and they found it extremely useful. They did have feedbacks which will help in future such sessions

While, I’m still collecting feedback from all the participants, wanted to share the initial feedback with all the donors and supporters of this project Also thank you everyone for your generous contributions. Thank you to Ramanjaneyulu GV and the entire team of CSA for conducting the training sessions



Project #2:

Providing financial support to SahajaAharam (sahajaaharam.in) to procure produce from farmers in different villages via FPO’s and their by providing the farmers a better price. Please find the details of the procurement



Project #3:
Kisan Mitra Helpline, a helpline and sometimes the only lifeline for the farmers in distress. I've listed more details about the helpline below. A grant of Rs 2 lakh was provided for the helpline in order to help sustain some of their activities.

All this put together, we have disbursed about 18 lakhs of funds. I resumed the fundraising again this year, with the hope that we can reach the elusive 1 crore goal.

This will help us establish a fund for the farmers, which can then be utilized to provide zero percent interest loans for the farmers. The modalities of the fund will be shared accordingly.

https://sureshe.wordpress.com/2017/11/27/update-on-onecrorefarmerfund/

https://sureshe.wordpress.com/2018/01/14/helpline-for-farmers-its-long-overdue/

https://sureshe.wordpress.com/2018/09/07/an-8-hour-breakfast-kisan-mitra-helpline-and-coffee/
29th March 2019
Dear Supporters,

Just as a quick one liner
We only managed to raise about 20 lakhs. Out of this

16 lakhs were allocated to two projects
1) farmer field school - a 14, day hands on training by CSA for about 15 farmers
2) help Sahaja Aharam buy directly from farmers across several fpos to maximize the profits to the farmers

2 lakhs were sent to the Kisan Mitra helpline, as a way to help sustain their activities

The remaining is what I raised in the last year.. So we have closed to 2 lakhs unspent

But like I said, I will post a more detailed update soon

Dear Supporters,

Just as a quick one liner
We only managed to raise about 20 lakhs. Out of this

16 lakhs were allocated to two projects
1) farmer field school - a 14, day hands on training by CSA for about 15 farmers
2) help Sahaja Aharam buy directly from farmers across several fpos to maximize the profits to the farmers

2 lakhs were sent to the Kisan Mitra helpline, as a way to help sustain their activities

The remaining is what I raised in the last year.. So we have closed to 2 lakhs unspent

But like I said, I will post a more detailed update soon

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Rs.3,250 raised

Goal: Rs.30,000

Beneficiary: Farmers in dist... info_outline
80G tax benefits for INR donations

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