Collective marketing by poor farmers improve their livelihoods by increasing their income levels-Special edition on "Farmers Organisations" by Low External Input Sustainable Agriculture (LEISA) India

What are the real world problems faced by farmers holding small lands? It can vary from issues such as the costs and benefits of production choices made by farmers, method of practising agriculture, access to credit facilities, awareness about various government schemes and the support extended by them during the time of natural disasters. Making a deeper analysis to these issues will reveal the hidden problem of poverty among these farmers. It also epitomises the challenges faced by small farmers.

To address these problems new forms of innovative organizations and institutional arrangements have emerged. Such arrangements enable farmers to access knowledge and services further they also emerge as platforms for sharing, learning, strengthening their capacities, thereby empowering farmers to also influence policy makers. This magazine by LEISA India, focuses on such experiences which not only offer inspiration but also bountiful learning’s. The magazine is available in English, Hindi, Kannada, Oriya, Tamil and Telugu.

The articles covered in this issue are as follows:

  • Collective marketing for better incomes
  • Getting together: Community based fish culture
  • Sustaining shrimp farming
  • Women, families, communities
  • Transforming quietly: What India can learn from a grassroots land reform movement in Brazil
  • Interview: Elizabeth Atangana- We are organised like a pyramid
  • Linking to markets: A case of small scale sorghum farmers group in China
  • Producer groups: Building blocks of democratic institutions
  • Networking for their rights
  • United we attain: Individually we lose
  • Collective farming, collective benefits: A case of Women Farmers Collective

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