An Appeal to Assist Indias Amazing Organic Farmers

AN APPEAL TO ASSIST INDIA'S AMAZING ORGANIC FARMERS TO TRAVEL TO DELHI FOR THE ORGANIC WORLD CONGRESS 2017 AND TO SHARE THEIR SKILLS IN GROWING FOOD WITHOUT POISONS WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD

The Organic World Congress -- being organised by India's Organic Farming Association in New Delhi this year from 9-11 November -- will be the largest such gathering ever held anywhere of organic farmers from across the world.

A total of 3,000 organic farmers from all continents will migrate to Delhi to form a critical mass and to share their techniques of raising food and crops without damaging soils and without ruining people's health. These farmers have chosen to produce safe food, i.e., food grown without the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides. They want to show the rest of the world how. And they want to be heard by governments everywhere.

Most of the remarkable innovations these farmers have evolved deal with ways of restoring soil health -- largely by bringing life back to soils through a host of self-generated microbial nutrients. But others deal with benign ways of controlling insect populations, reducing use of irrigation water for crops, and harvesting biodiverse crops in the same field at different times.

At the Congress, additionally, more than a hundred seed keepers from India – largely women, who proudly conserve a huge variety of the seeds they use in their communities – will engage with a large number of seed keepers from Africa, Latin America, China and Europe, to network an international alliance to conserve, protect and multiply organic and heirloom seeds in the face of huge corporate monopolies that are threatening to take control of the planet's food systems.

India today has over 600,000 organic farmers -- or the largest organic farming fraternity in the world. Some of these farmers are the best on the planet. They are integrating traditional Indian techniques of farming with their own new insights to develop unique and ecologically regenerative ways to nourish soils, plants and us. In doing so, these farmers represent the cutting edge of the best of agricultural science today. They have been selected to speak at the Congress by a 12-member peer review group of the most experienced organic farmers.

However, many of these organic farming pioneers are finding it difficult to attend the November Congress without financial assistance. These expenses come to approximately Rs.12,000 per person (travel by train, modest Delhi accommodation and registration charges). This is where you come in. If you recognise the significance of this mammoth encounter and exchange, we are confident you will go out of your way to support their participation.

The Organic Farming Association -- a not-for-profit body as well as the India host of the Congress – is launching this crowd funding appeal to cover the expenses relating to the participation of these 600+ farmers -- selected from different states of India -- which is estimated at around Rs.40 lakhs (since we are hoping that the 600+ farmers will each and on average be able to bear atleast half the cost, i.e. Rs. 6,000). That is the target we hope to raise from individuals, philanthropic trusts and societies, companies, small businessmen, consumer societies, and people who want farmers to produce safe and nutritious food (no longer available as a rule) for the people of this country.

All money collected through this crowd funding appeal will be used exclusively for the travel, accommodation and registration requirements of individual organic farmers who need it, and will not go towards any other organizational or infrastructural expenditure of the Congress or to salaries of staff or any other Congress expense.

Your support will assist these farmers to travel to New Delhi and plug their knowledge and expertise into the ever expanding sea of good practice techniques involved in the production of safe and nutritious food. But everything does not end there.
The Association will create a permanent archive or manual of the organic farming techniques being shared at the Congress. After the event ends, this archive will go on the Net, to be of benefit to any person in future wanting to raise food in fields, parks, gardens, anywhere, always in tune with natural principles, and without chemicals, without poisons, and without GMOs. So you will be contributing to that permanent asset as well.

Please help us make this happen! Not only you will feel good by making this contribution to the fund, the earth will feel better as well!
Sample List of Farmers in Need of Assistance
Sample List of Farmers in Need of Assistance
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22nd November 2017
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for contributing to this appeal. With this money, we were able to pay travel costs, registration fees and local accommodation of several Indian Organic farmers who came to the Congress and were able to make presentations of their work.
The presentations announced their unique quality of this world conference which for the first time saw very ordinary farmers from different parts of the country presenting their organic farmer insights before an international audience, a feat never before achieved in previous events of the OWC held in other countries.
We have the permission of the farmers to upload their presentations on a common website which will soon be available to the entire organic farming communities across the world. We are thankful to the donors who made contributions big and small so that the OWC could ensure that the farmers came to the event without having to burden their own financial resources.

Thank you.
Team OFAI

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Benjamin donated Rs.5,000
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Renu donated Rs.5,000

Wanted so badly to come for the congress. But not able to because of work commitment. Hope this small donation helps! Cheers!!

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Radhika donated Rs.500
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