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Small farmers and safe vegetable cultivation

Volume 22, No 3, September 2020

Dear Readers

The World is evolving its own ways of coping with the crisis – a crisis which is unprecedented causing enormous disruption to all processes -health, social and economic well being of the human kind. The ever resilient farming communities and other enthusisasts are constantly creating new service ecosystems to deal with emerging challenges.

Vegetables have been an integral component of the farming system – for rural communities. Be it household kitchen gardens serving for balanced nutrition for farmer’s family, healthy community exchange as well as potential markets. New urban hobbyists and enthusiasts are taking plunge into growing and consuming healthy foods. Vegetables have become a first choice for consumers interested in promoting and also being part of organic movements. It has also become a possible commodity to forge digital linkages between consumers and producers, especially in COVID times.

Highlights

Vegetable-based farming system – Enhancing gains through appropriate crop combinations

Amidst the risk of recurrent floods and prolonged waterlogging with changing climate thresholds, 265 households of small and marginal farmers in eastern Uttar Pradesh and North western Bihar are setting new safe pathways towards developing flood-resilient vegetable farming. Adopting multi-layered farming technique, vegetable growers are harvesting two to three crops in the same piece of land simultaneously and have increased their net profit by more than double.

Organic vegetable cultivation

Vegetable farmers in Tumkur are reaping many benefits by shifting to ecological alternatives. They are also improving farm sustainability by diversifying crops and trees on the farms.

Value addition through solar drying

The collective strength of women farmers is being leveraged by integrating solar drying technology with off-farm value addition of primary produce. The decentralized enterprise approach is able to cater to the demand while enabling farmers to reap better returns through processing.

Urban farming initiatives

Urban spaces need to radically rethink their relationship with food in terms of production and consumption as climate change, land degradation due to industrialised farming present a serious challenge to food security. Community-based urban farming initiatives are proving to be an effective way to create sensitivity, critical awareness and connection with the land, farmers and ecosystems.
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Local Produce, Local Markets and Local Economies

Vol. 22, No. 4

Small holder Family Farming communities have been traditionally tapping the local markets for their convenience as well as ease of reaching out. The farming communities do prefer local varieties (crops and livestock) as they are suitable and resilient to the local contexts and climate aberrations. With increasing demand for local foods, cuisine and the interest in traditional biodiversity is getting revived. However, always there are market driven choices taken up by venturesome farming communities with their associated known and unknown risks and challenges as seen during this pandemic time.

The year 2020 has been a year of unprecedented challenge for all sectors of economy. However, the ever resilient farming communities have taken up the challenge and relentlessly pursued farming and ensured growth. The year 2021 has been declared as International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development. It recognises the need for an enabling environment in creating full and productive employment and decent work, supporting entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation.

We look forward to know how farmers have tackled all odds in focusing on creatively dealing with pursuing local produce, tapped local markets, also the distant markets through digital outreach and keeping the local economies sustainable. Also, it would be interesting to understand how the farming communities created full and productive employment in the times of labour migration, creating new enterprises and social inclusion while tackling poverty.

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