Small farmers, the majority who depend on rainfed agriculture are increasingly finding it difficult to make living only out of crop production. Given the changing climatic conditions, reaping one single harvest is also becoming an uncertainty to most of them. In such conditions, farm based enterprises like small livestock, backyard poultry, mushroom production, kitchen gardens have a great potential to generate income and provide employment for a longer period of time. This in turn motivates farmers to remain in agriculture and pursue livelihoods that are familiar to them, rather than migrate to far-off places in search of wage employment.
This issue puts together some of the ground experiences which show how farmers are making a living by integrating various farm based enterprises. These stories highlight that, small scale farm based enterprises besides generating income and employment, also address issues like family nutrition and resource recycling. Being less risky, they have the potential to alleviate rural poverty.
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Kanna K Siripurapu, Aneetha Kanukolanu, Sabyasachi Das and Chandrasekhar Nemani
S Maurya, P R Kumar, R S Pan, A K Singh, Bikash Das and B P Bhatt
P Anithakumari, Merin Babu and S Indhuja
M N Kulkarni and t Suresh
Amandeep Singh and Gurupreet Kour
H.R. Mallesh and T Parthasarathy