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Digital Agriculture

Volume 22, No.2, June 2020

The World is witnessing an unprecedented situation! Health workers and essential services are going about their life with utmost courage and sense of sacrifice. For farming communities, the journey continues in spite of this new crisis, besides the familiar ones like climate and markets. They are grappling with strained and near stagnant forward backward linkages with intermittent lockdowns.

On the other hand, the crisis has thrown up new modes of interaction, new relationships and processes. The digital technologies are creating new solutions to address social distancing! We are extremely overwhelmed by the response we received for this issue with contributors spiritedly sharing their experiences giving new hope.We share some of these experience which inspire new ways of moving forward.

Highlights

Enabling digital transformation in agriculture

Digitalisation in agriculture is not just the future, but the present reality of global agriculture. Digital technologies have been a major potential booster to the world of agriculture.CropIn’s digital solutions are helping farmers in skill-building and making them future-ready.

Turning technology into a tool for regenerative agroecology

Conventional digital market platforms are extractive in nature.Krishi Janani’s marketplace platform in Tamil Nadu is building an alternative model that emphasizes decentralization and regeneration. Janani Grow mobile app assists small farmers in converting to regenerative practices and finding high-value organic markets for their produce.

Going digital – Integrating experiential innovations in coconut farming

Small farms can become efficient when tacit knowledge of farmers is integrated with explicit knowledge from other sources. ICAR’s initiative has shown that this could be possible by adopting digital tools
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Small farmers and safe vegetable cultivation

Vol. 22, No. 3, September 2020

Vegetables can make a significant difference to smallholder livelihoods. With minimum investment vegetable cultivation provides access to healthy and nutritious food under subsistence conditions. It also has the potential to provide an initial step towards establishing an income base for poorer households. Vegetable production provides economic, social and nutritional benefits and importantly can provide gender advantages.

Safe production of vegetables without using chemicals is gaining momentum worldwide. This is owing to increasing health awareness and concern on adverse effects of indiscriminate use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides on food quality, soil health, human health and environment. Safe and non chemical vegetables can be produced by small farmers too. This could be at the household level as kitchen gardens or homestead gardens or could be at a commercial level resulting in certified organic produce. Whichever way it is produced, vegetable farming contributes significantly to livelihood diversification and sustainability.

Oflate we see a lot of educated youth getting into vegetable production. Besides being a significant part of periurban agriculture, vegetable cultivation has moved to urban areas and onto the rooftops. In the September 2020 issue of LEISA India we would like to share experiences of safe vegetable production. How are farmers growing vegetables with less resources? What organic inputs goes in the production process? How are farmers managing and marketing the produce before they perish? What value addition is being possible at farm gate or by external agencies? What are the price advantages across different markets for differently value added produce? Are there any organised institutions that help farmers in vegetable production and marketing? What is the role of women? What issues do vegetable farmers face, and how are they being addressed? What has been farmers experience in marketing vegetables during the pandemic situation?

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