In Tamil Nadu, most women are dependent on agriculture for sustenance. But climate change is turning once-lush fields into wastelands during the dry months, and increased flooding often washes away the harvest in the wet season. As a result, the women work long, hard hours for a meager result.
What we’re doing to help
We provide women’s self-help groups with the training and supplies to transition to sustainable organic farming, including the use of more weather-resilient, nutrient-rich, and environmentally friendly crops.
In addition, we offer ongoing technical, financial, and emotional support for them to start and run small agribusinesses to market their produce in a way that minimizes food waste and maximizes nutritional value. Each enterprise will be run by a group of five women who will inspire, advise, and support each other, and offer a financial safety net.
More profitable farming enables the women to feed their families better and earn enough money to send their children to school and obtain adequate health care. The women can share their knowledge and wealth, and inspire others. At the same time, more environmentally friendly farming practices will improve overall health and safety, while providing better protection against the impacts of climate change.