Disability-inclusive organic farming for sustainable economic development
Duration: 2016 to 2020
Local partner: PGSS
NZ partners: Dairy Consultants
This organic farming programme focuses on improving food security and income of marginalised farmers and people with disabilities living in rural Uttar Pradesh. Through cbm NZ’s investment over the last six years many farmers with disabilities are now able to provide for their families rather than be dependent on them. In this second phase, farmers will be supported towards sustainable and inclusive business models by forming collectives and market links enabling long term food security and income.
Uttar Pradesh is the most populous state in India and has the highest number of people living in poverty. Generating sufficient food and income in this agriculture dependent economy has become a major challenge for rural subsistence farmers facing deteriorating living conditions and inadequate health services. Decades of reliance on chemical fertilisers has resulted in widespread poisoning from direct exposure to chemicals and sprays, family debt, water pollution and soil degradation. Disability within a rural family increases vulnerability. The associated stigma results in exclusion from education, employment and social activities. Children with disabilities in India are five and a half times more likely to be out of school than other children their age and adults are often unable to attain employment. Uneducated and landless, persons with disabilities, particularly women are the most vulnerable people in this community.
HOW WE ARE HELPING
• Providing farmers and children with disabilities medical attention, assistive devices and individual rehabilitation plans.
• Providing market stalls and accessible processing units to create employment opportunities for farmers with disabilities.
• Increasing economies of scale by through inclusive collectives so farmers can access large markets.
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