Urmila Devi is a small farmer. Together with her family of four, they grow brinjal, tomatoes, and chili. While she had a good harvest, she has not been able to access any market for her produce. The Covid lockdown has caused a steep decline in demand for vegetables, driving down prices to INR 1 per kg. Moreover due to disturbed logistics, farmers like her are unable to even transport their produce to neighbouring mandis. As a result, after months of hard labour, farmers have to make the cruel choice of letting the produce decay on their farms. India loses INR 93,000 crores every year due to such food wastage!
Swayam Farmer Foundation finances smallholder farmers to grow higher-value crops and facilitates affordable transport solutions to farmers, enabling them to increase their income and lift themselves out of poverty.How you can help
Your contribution will help us build capacity on integrated market linkages and subsidize transport costs for farmers. With the help of your funds, we will be able to reduce transport cost for a farmer from INR 30 to INR 15 per km per day, which will help her access urban markets. Over two months, we expect to serve 200 farmers in Fatehpur, UP which will cost us INR 500,000.
Your support matters
The food system is critical for the survival of humankind. And farmers like Urmila Devi comprise over 80% of the food production system. We have to enable them to feed us all. Contribute to enable Urmila and her community to access markets and deliver food in all parts of India during Covid.