Why women in India are farming with diverse plants – and without pesticides

Why women in India are farming with diverse plants – and without pesticides

by The Daily Eye Team June 28 2014, 6:40 am Estimated Reading Time: 0 mins, 52 secs

In India, many women are planting more than 20 different crops on their farms with nutrition – and not money – in mind. This type of farming stems back to previous generations. Occupying much of south-central India, the Deccan Plateau represents a large swath of the country’s agricultural terrain. The region is home to three states, the major population centers of Bangalore and Hyderabad, and land used to cultivate many traditional crops, including sugar, maize, and sorghum. However, a growing number of peasant women, many organized within the Deccan Development Society (DDS), have taken the initiative to farm through unique, sustainable techniques that harken back generations. The implementation of diverse crops and organic growing methods devoid of chemicals and pesticides have resulted in the creation of a network and model through to feed families and communities successfully and improve livelihoods. Planting a diversity of crops, these women farmers avoid many physical and mental heath problems found in large-scale Indian farming, and are able to feed their families effectively.

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