|Mr. Janardan Kinkar in his field|
Opportunities Chetana-Vikas offered:
After coming in contact with Chetana-Vikas and initiating new techniques of dryland farming in his fields, Mr. Janardan has increased his net income by 10 times in last 8 years (Fig. 1). The basket accommodates at least 35-40 different food crops. This variety is important for two reasons. Indian agriculture suffers from seasonal variations, especially variations in monsoon patterns. A mixed cropping technique makes sure that the farmer gets something in her/his hands at the end of the season. The second reason deals with nutrition which is even more important. India stands at an abysmal 67th rank (out of 84 countries) in terms of global hunger index 2010, released recently by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington D.C.
|Mr. Kinkar making structures with local materials for soil and water conservation for conscious natural resource management|
|Fig. 1 Mr. Kinkar's net income through years before and after Chetana - Vikas's intervention|
Mr. Janardan's family of four sit down for food after completing the day's work in the fields. Lunch is a wholesome meal of sorghum (jawar) roti, and green gram (moong dal) - stuff that they grew in their 4 acres (~1.5 hectares) of shallow drylands.
In his own words, "If I hadn't followed this self-reliant method of farming, I would have to commit suicide like others..."
|Access to beans and pulses for affordable food and nutrition security for the family|
|In the process of selling organic cotton|
|Marketing committee of self-reliant farmers' collective procuring Mr. Kinkar's cotton|
|Mr. Kinkar who is a "village enginner" is seen here along with his female collagues, taking up construction of soil-water management structures for the area|