An initiative to make native rice, vegetable varieties available to urban consumers
Helping farmers cultivating native varieties to get better prices for their produce by making it available to the greater public
A living gene bank
Small parcels of grains from marked off plots devoted to specific varieties are handed over as seeds to interested farmers.
1420 Varieties, 25 Years: Meet the Man Rescuing India’s Rice Diversity From Extinction
"We go the extra mile so that the farmer who takes these seeds takes home the same variety that I conserved 25 years ago. "
Reviving indigenous seeds: A silent revolution in India’s rice growing states
The silent seed revolution has only begun, and Nel Jayaraman’s efforts in Tamil Nadu have triggered many seed festivals across Tamil Nadu.
Pepper helps Rabhas to live with tuskers
"The thorns of lemon discourage them and of course they do not eat pepper (unlike banana and jackfruit)”
Combating Desertification: Maharashtra's Vanvadi Bears Testimony to Magic of Forest Regeneration
Regenerating forests, rejuvenating soils, recharging groundwater, and reviving human spirits, all go hand in hand!
Ping! Elephants ahead: reducing human-elephant conflict, one SMS at a time
Forest authorities registered over 35,000 mobile numbers for the pre-warning SMS alert system, apart from several local WhatsApp groups.
Two museums in Mandya are saving native paddy grains from extinction
What rice varieties have a low cost of cultivation, no patents, and comparatively lower water consumption levels?
... to practise organic farming to rejuvenate the land and to work on gender issues in agriculture.