Jalpaiguri

Self-sufficient farming gives women in rural Alipurduar in West Bengal food, health and confidence!

Till a few decades ago, most people in India grew vegetables and fruits in their own gardens. Then something changed. We shifted from 'farming for food' to 'farming for money'. The start of the ‘green revolution’ meant that production increased but so did the farmer's dependency on chemicals, fertilizers and pesticides. This shift in farming - from lifestyle to livelihood - also resulted in women keeping away from most farming decisions even though they were involved in the various tasks of sowing, reaping, harvesting and filling up the granaries.

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February 22, 2013 10:00AM - February 26, 2013 6:00PM

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