This campaign has stopped and can no longer accept donations.

Fundraising to support our farmers since this is our responsibility

The current farming crisis in a nut shell

  • At 20, we worry about exams. At 20, they worry about raising the kids, earning livelihood, taking care of their family  

  • We lose our jobs, we find another one. They lose their jobs, they lose their lives 

  • We make loses, we claim insurance. They make loses, they claim their lives

  • We spend hours in deciding what to wear, but for them with just 2 pairs of clothes and no footwear the choice is very simple  

  • We need second loan, we refinance and restructure our loans at the lowest interest rates. They need second loans, they borrow from private money lenders at exorbitant rates  

  • They till the land, they toil hard in the sun, but they don't own the land, so they are not recognized as farmers  

  • They suffer loses, the crops are destroyed either due to floods or due to draught, but are never compensated  

  • We are chased by the banks and credit card companies to take their loans. They literally beg for loans but only in vain  

1) Current farmer suicide situation in Telangana
 Image titleImage title
2) What are the current challenges

1) Tenant Farmers: About 80% of the farmer suicides are committed by the Tenant Farmers since they are not recognized as farmers and hence they are not entitled to any of the benefits the farmers are supposed to get. For e.g. they don't get access to loans or to the crop insurance etc. The Loan eligibility cards were designed to address this problem where the tenant farmers would be given the LEC to make them eligible for the farmer benefits.

Image titleImage titleImage title

So the big question - what can we do?

This project is a humble attempt to collectively doing something for our farmers in Telangana. Our ground teams (Telangana Joint Action Committee - TJAC, Rythu Swarajya Vedika - RSV) are engaged with the farmers on the ground and have been conducting and coordinating various activities that include
  • Conducting awareness campaigns
  • Influencing policy making
  • Providing temporary relief to the suicide victims 
The funds raised through this project will be used to
1) Provide temporary relief to the farmer suicide victims. The list of the families will be updated soon as we are compiling this information at the moment. 
2) Provide zero percent interest loans to the farmers: The families will be identified by the ground teams will be Telangana Joint Action Committee, Rhythu Swarajya Vedika. 

Frequently Asked Questions:
1) How will the farmer suicde victim families be identified? 

Ans) Our partners on the ground TJAC, RSV have conducted various field visits and have reached out to hundreds of families. They will be providing the list of the farmers and/or families who we would be working with.

2) How would providing money to the families of the suicide victims help in dealing with the farming crisis?
Ans) When the only earning member of the family dies, the family is in complete disarray. Moreover the procedures involved in getting the compensation are not simple and involve lot of bureaucratic hurdles. Given all this the family is pushed into further crisis. This money will be used to provide temporarly relief to the family and will help them get sometime to get things back on track.

3) What are we doing to address the conditions that are leading to the suicides?
  • As noted above, close to 80% of the suicides in Telangana are committed by Tenant Farmers. Our partners on the ground (Telangana Joint Action Committee, Rythu Swarajya Vedika) are working hard to conduct surveys by directly interacting with farmers, compile reports, gather facts and make recommendations to the government. 
  • The fundraising campaign is also aimed to increasing the awareness around the crisis and also about solutions in how they can be addressed. Through out this campaign, we shall provide updates highlighting these efforts
4) Is farming even a viable profession, does it even have a future?
Yes, it is very much a viable, sustainablea and respectable profession. Agriculture contributed roughly 50 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product and, correspondingly, around 57% of the country’s land was being used for it.  Over time, the contribution to GDP has come down significantly – to just around 14% in 2012-13 – but the amount of agricultural land has remained the same (source: Ministry of Agriculture). 

So there is lot of potential and its just lack of political will and lack of infrastructure support thats driving the farmers into the crisis. These are also the reasons why handloom sector, small enterpreneurs and skilled labor in India are facing a some what similar crisis

5) Isn't the money being given to the farmer suicide victims encouraging more suicides?
Ans) Not really, on the contrary, by being there for the families when they need this little help to put their lives back on track, is exactly what they need. Unfortunately, they get caught up in the paper work etc. making the compensation process very laborious. While this attempt will not address all the farmer suicide victims, it certainly can help a few and also gives us a chance to understand the crisis a bit more, so the conditions leading to the crisis can also be addressed systematically. 

6) Is farming in small farming areas a good option economically?
Ans) The problems are not with the size of the land but more from the lack of infra set up. For e.g. If a farmer who owns a 2 acre land, he or she can easily mark 0.25 acres of land for his/her own purpose, so the minimum food security can be maintained. The rest of the 1.75 acres can be used to cultivate essential food crops instead of cash crops. Today a major reason for the crisis is the shift in agriculture patterns from cultivating food crops to moving towards cash crops.

7) Why only Telangana Farmers?
Ans) At the moment, we have the ground teams doing all the leg work and conducting field trips, talking to the farmers, organizing campaigns etc. Whatever help we garner we can help maintain complete transparency and accountability for every single penny we raise. 
Previously we have helped raise funds to help the Vidarbha farmers:

8) Poison on our plates - Know your food, know your farmers:

Ask for an update
25th December 2016
Dear Supporters, 

100 farmers in Telangana have received immediate compensation. Volunteers have been working on the rehabilitation of suicide-affected families. 

Farming in Telangana is water-intensive due to the nature of crops. A lot of awareness campaigns were conducted in villages to promote non-chemical based farming. The goal was to get them to change from chemical to organic farming, which is not only beneficial to the environment but also for long-term monetary sustenance. This is a long-term process. Thanks to your contribution, wheels of change have been set in motion. 

Many farmer families were unaware of loan processes and have been living in debt for years. Awareness campaigns by Suri and his team have also tried to teach farmer financial independence and governmental know-hows of land ownership. 

Your contribution has put over 100 farmers and their families on the path of dignity and sustainability. The volunteers thank you for your tremendous support. 

Thank you.

Team Milaap.
21st October 2015
Dear Friends

A quick update

1) A transfer of $11003.94 has been initiated to Center For Sustainable Agriculture (CSA) who is our partner on the ground and the money should be credited soon.

2) The team of i4Farmers along with Rythu Swarajya Vedika and CSA have toured the districts of Warangal, Karimnagar, Mahbubnagar in attempt to reach out the farmers in distress, the families who are victims of the farmer suicides (Please see the attached news article) Image title
3) The list of beneficiaries are being currently identified and will soon provide updates.

So now to the incredible part of the campaign. 

The individuals didn't just spread the word about the cause, they donated to the cause.

The individuals didn't just donate to the cause, they formed teams and strategies to do fundraising to support this campaign.

Incredible when individuals come together, stay together and work together.

And now to the fun and exciting part of the campaign. 

How do we create more awareness about this campaign?
How do we take this campaign forward?
How do we help reach the campaign to more people?

10 more days, 10 more lakhs, 10 more people we need to reach and we would have done it.

So please continue spreading the word after all this is our campaign to support our farmers since this is our responsibility.

Campaign Team
15th October 2015
Dear Friends,

Thank you all for your generous contributions and incredible support. 

One of our team members Srinivas Ranabothu is on the ground visiting the families in different districts of Telangana along with members from Rythu Swrajya Vedika. The team will be conducting field trips until the end of this week. Once the information is compiled, we shall send further updates and coordinate the disbrusement. 

Once again thank you for all your support. Please also do consider spreading the word and may be tagging 10 of your friends and encourage them to donate $20 or Rs 100 as an effort to create more awareness. This campaign is also about engaging with people and discussing about the farming crisis and its potential solutions.

Obviously, if you have other suggestions on how to create more awareness, please do let us know. 


Learn more about the initiative

Content Disclaimer: The facts and opinions, expressed in this fundraiser page are those of the campaign organiser or users, and not Milaap.
raised of Rs.2,000,000 goal

307 Supporters

Beneficiary: i4Farmers info_outline
80G tax benefits for INR donations

Fundraising campaigns (1)

Supporters (307)

Ankita donated Rs.2,500
over 1 year ago
Anonymous donated US $25
over 1 year ago

May shiva Parvati and sainath bless your efforts.

Anonymous donated US $100
over 1 year ago
Anonymous donated Rs.2,500
about 2 years ago
Maya donated Rs.2,100
over 2 years ago
Dushyanth donated Rs.2,500
over 2 years ago