Today is Giving Tuesday. As you spend money on gifts for others, please consider donating some money to bless those who are much less fortunate than we are.
Today we are particularly seeking donations for our sustainable farming project that you can read more about on page 10 of the newsletter. This project seeks to reduce poverty amongst small and marginal farmers by promoting sustainable farming methods which improve crop productivity and increase farmers’ living standards.
In India, irregular rainfall, poor soil fertility, low income and debt make agriculture an unsustainable livelihood for farmers. The use of chemical fertilizers and lack of innovative water management have also increased expenses and affected productivity. Small and marginal farmers are often forced to work as daily labourers in order to make a living.
Groups of marginal farmers are given interest free loans provided through the project which enable them to purchase high milk yielding cows. The farmers benefit from the sale of milk and pay back the loan through easy instalments without interest.
The project will promote organic farming by educating farmers on cost-effective organic farming methods. Simple methods of converting locally available organic ingredients into effective fertilizers and pesticides are demonstrated so they can be implemented and replicated.
We need to raise £4000 in order to fund this project. If you would like to contribute, details of how to donate are here.